During these challenging times, our team of recreation therapists and community partners have come together to create unique interactive and innovative virtual (online) services that will offer experiential outcomes through 1:1 and small groups (5) programs. Theses services are for children, youth and adults.
“It was great to collaborate some online sessions with Recreational Respite and organize programming for our families in the FASD program. Great teaching for all age groups available and we look forward to running more programming” Jody (Woods Homes, Alberta)
“Sarah has been loving the programs. She thinks its a great way to meet new people but with much less anxiety. She loves that she can do it from home where she feels comfortable but still able to learn and do cool new things. She thinks that the groups are good at making the material understandable to her comprehension level. She thinks it would be a cool idea to do a virtual group where there might be some singing, or a zumba like group. Overall, Sarah is absolutely loving these groups and talks about them nonstop. She is really hoping these continue as she looks forward to them daily.” Parent (BC)
“My son has tried one of the session – a dance one. He loved it. Dimitrios was kind and caring and patient. We were very impressed and happy for the support and opportunity to try something new. We have two sessions this week. We look forward to them!” Parent (Ontario)
“We are really thankful for this program. Raquel struggles with communication so any chances she has to practice we consider it a good thing. She is a tough cookie to crack but we will keep pushing her to be involved because she really needs programs like this whether she agrees with us or not 🙂. It has been very important to her development socially. I think you guys are doing a great job offering this service during these ever changing times.” Parent, (Alberta)
NOW AVAILABLE for children, youth and adults with disabilities and mental health. These virtual sessions offer mini (4) and small (6) group sessions that promote engagement, social connectivity and are attached to experiential outcomes. The sessions are developed by our Recreation Therapist team and we have been collaborating with other organizations and individuals that can add their expertise or talent into our program session(s) to make them even more interactive and fun!
“Nowadays I’ve been going online with the FASD community every Tuesday and Thursday with Recreational Respite. It’s very refreshing for me, because now I’m getting to interact with people” Sara (participant)
Recently, we had children’s author, Lauren Davidson taking part in our Super You! program, that helps children with their own self-esteem, independence, and empathy that will be fostered through the creation of the children’s very own social short story or comic book. Social stories can be used as reminders for future events that require self-regulation and coping strategies. Learning the basics of literature and story telling will highlight how the children can help others in creative way and make new friends in various environments.
We also spoke to our friends at Jays Care Foundation about one of their adaptive baseball coaches helping us with our physical literacy sport and movement virtual program – where they can help bring their expertise about adaptive baseball to our children, youth and young adults in their very own homes! Not to mention our super fun contacts at Neurofit who are working on ways to have a virtual ‘reality’ experience available in our technology programs for youth, young and older adults programs. The Humane Society joined us to deliver ‘Responsible Pet Ownership’ and the participants loved learning more about what it takes to take care of a pet. The opportunities and connections are endless!
Recreation Therapists promote inclusion, encourage community participation and nurture social connectivity for children, youth and adults with disabilities and mental health, across Canada. During the challenging and difficult time of COVID19, we know it is imperative to stay connected through creative and innovative ways. We take pride in the programs that we develop in-person and virtually.
Fee and Price Structure: Recreational Respite’s supports and services are recognized by public/ministry COVID19 relief funding and private foundations for funding or reimbursement, for families who qualify.
Mini Groups (5): $15.00 (+ applicable taxes)
For more information call us 1-877-855-7070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Recreational Respite offers a team of Recreation Therapists. Their education and skill set is extensive and focused on identifying the barriers to participation that might exist for children, youth and adults with disability and mental health. These barriers can often limit access to opportunities in the community and reduce or diminish an individual’s sense of self, role, worth and purpose. Recreation therapy (or therapeutic recreation) promotes engaging activity in order to support individuals to achieve individual goals and reach desired outcomes that could include: social skills, re-integration into family, school, work or community, participation, life skills, independence and identifying sense of role and purpose.
Programming is offered in direct 1:1, group setting or virtual spaces and is individualized, based on the needs, interests, abilities and strengths of the individual. We are working towards removing barriers through short or long term goals.
As a team we focus on inclusion, emphasize participation and identify opportunities for engagement and we are, first and foremost, person centred.
Community Programs and Partnership (in home)
Recreational Respite offers group programs that are built for the participants, by the participants. Together we are able to identify where there might be barriers within existing group programs in various communities to fill the gap or collaborate with other organizations. We build groups that foster both recreational and educational interests in a supportive and creative environment. The programs encourage small groups, so that each individual has the opportunity for accessible, inclusive and active participation with peers. This collaboration of organizations has seen incredible results that has led to support for other professionals and has encouraged outreach initiatives benefiting participants direct. Our team also offers extensive training for those who need direction on program planning, implementation and/or ongoing measurement of success through workshops, public speaking and RecRespite Metrics.
RecRespite Metrics is a service that lends evaluation support within a funded project, by collecting data, measuring impact and defining the long term sustainability of a community projects’ objectives. The projects we can support in this capacity are striving for social change and long term sustainability of programs for those who otherwise face barriers to participation, engagement or active citizenship in their community.
Our collaborative work has been with multiple community organizations which include (but not limited to): school boards, non-profit organizations, community agencies, small and special interest groups and municipal and federal institutions.
Our RecRespite Metrics team has been involved in many successful and active community grant projects (seed and grow grants) to date, with these partners that have included:
- Reconciliation and youth, indigenous
- Youth leadership
- At-risk youth and animal wellness
- Immigration and Community
- Military family support and youth programs
Roles We Play
1. Setting the right goals and objectives
Do you struggle with the right goals in your project planning in the initial development? Or experience goal shifts throughout?
We can assist with goal setting and envisioning your projects intention and purpose.
Do you need help with evaluation and assessment?
We have access to a diverse set of tools in order to apply the right variety of assessment and evaluation strategies, to garner rich feedback.
RecRespite Metrics can create an upfront and ongoing role in tracking your projects success.