Who can attend?
Children/Youth/Elderly with physical, cognitive and psycho-social challenges. Examples of diagnosis are: Developmental Coordination Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Depression, Anxiety, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia, etc.
What does each session offer?
Power For All is pleased to offer adapted adventure opportunities for all individuals with physical, cognitive and psycho-social challenges. Sessions are delivered by a registered occupational therapist. Efforts are made to use adventure as an innovative medium for therapy. Many clients in our programs have tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking for the first time and they have reported to feel “a sense of mastery and normalizing of ability”. Clinicians have complimented our organization for the purposeful selection of quality equipment and teaching approaches. The variety of devices and teaching adaptations we use enable clients to practice physical activities essential to daily living such as seating, feeding, transferring, activity endurance, to name a few. These are all instrumental skills for the job of living. Additionally, if you are working with a treatment team in the community or at school, we are happy to collaborate with them to continue to help clients achieve their treatment goals as they participate in our paddling programs.
We sincerely hope that you consider our programs as a therapeutic medium for your clients to continue to grow, develop and progress in their treatment goals.
What kind of adaptations are made?
Adaptations are made for physical, cognitive and psycho-social challenges.
What are the steps to register?
Ensure that you have a group of at least 8 clients and a few weeks prior to your booking. Then, email us with three choices for suggested dates (Most preferred, preferred and least preferred dates) that fit within our schedule for the summer. We will check our availability for the dates you requested and confirm with you by email. Please note that we are a volunteer ran organization and we all hold full-time jobs, it may take some time to get back to you but we will do our best to connect with you as soon as we can.
At this time we qualify for Respite, At Home Program, Autism Funding and some Extended Health funding for Occupational Therapy services. We have bursary applications available for those with extenuating circumstances who may find finances as a barrier to participate in our programs. Please request a sponsorship form from one from our staff. Referral is needed from community workers, teachers or health practitioners with background on clients’ extenuating financial circumstances and how our program will benefit the client meet desired outcomes.
Sensory Enhanced Movement for Self-Regulation and Trauma Program for Groups or Schools!
A similar version of the program delivered to individual clients but it is set up for groups or schools. The occupational therapist will offer consultations to the teachers and/or any school or community staff. Based on the consultation, a multi-week program is set up to offer Professional development to staff, classroom wide or small group observations and assessments, classroom wide or small group programming for a few weeks to teach students the basics of stress, self-regulation through the senses and vagus nerve activation, interoception, etc. Consultations and training can also be offered for parents of students involved in the consultation and programming.
Staff and/or students who participate in this multi-week consultation process will walk away with a self-regulation profile, designed environment to facilitate and teach self-regulation, and a variety of other tools and outcomes.