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This class in an adaptive music and theater program for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Participants will engage in a curriculum specifically adapted for their age group and functionality, including those who use iPads and assisted technology. Amplifi classes include physical and vocal warm-ups, social skill building activities, collaborating to write songs in a pop/musical theater style, celebrating successes of the day, and an optional performance at the end of the 8 weeks!
Yoga can be very beneficial for individuals with disabilities and for children with attention deficits and/or hyperactivity through both the physical postures and breath work. Each yoga pose can be modified or adapted to meet the needs of each participant, and may be performed with the instructor's active assistance as needed. Yoga postures, or asanas, can be performed on the floor or while seated in a chair or wheelchair, and help to improve body awareness, self-control, flexibility, strength, and coordination. Yoga helps to channel impulsiveness and excess energy in a calming and positive way while providing sensory and motor input, all in a supportive and accepting environment.
Work with Kevin Pence to learn self-defense techniques. Drop off participants at Pence Self Defense, 226 Cambridge Street. Transportation will be provided from Karate to the Rec. Center for Culinary Corner.
Here is our chance to give back a little! Community Service Club is an opportunity for us to get together and lend a helping hand within our community. We will meet the first Thursday of every month to plan and organize ways in which we can help others. On occasion, we will come together on another day and time of the week to carry out our plans. Maybe it will be helping at a food pantry, bringing towels to an animal shelter, or handing out water at a road race fundraiser. The possibilities are endless, and up to you! So come join in to help give back, make some new friends, and have fun!
Join us for an introduction to basketball for the little ones! Parent involvement is strongly encouraged in this program as we introduce the game of basketball. We will learn dribbling, passing, shooting and working together as a team. We will also play social and skill-building games to give kids an opportunity to have fun, interact with their peers, and build confidence in a supportive and safe environment.
Location: Ironstone Farm: 450 Lowell Street, Andover, Mass In partnership with Ironstone Farm, we are excited to once again offer this program for thirty minute PRIVATE sessions. There will be an initial evaluation required for all new riders. You will coordinate with the farm to find a time that is right for your own schedule! Challenge Unlimited at ironstone Farm is a therapeutic riding program whose focus is to help each individual achieve his/her fullest potential. The movement of the horse strengthens the development of fine and gross motor skill and provided sensory input. With this premise in mind, Challenge Unlimited staff develops exercises and activities to benefit each individual, addressing issues that are not easily addressed in a classroom setting. A separate information packet with the necessary forms will be available upon registration. Please contact the Recreation Department for details.
This modified dance class takes elements of ballet and creative movement, and puts them together to create a fun and dynamic new experience for young children with disabilities. This class will help to develop each participant's understanding of musical qualities, identifying emotions and moods, awareness of beats, rhythm, and movement to music. Instructors will encourage independence, cooperation, group skills and peer involvement in a supportive and accepting environment. Benefits of dance also include increased body awareness, flexibility, and improved endurance.
We will enjoy a light dinner followed by playing video games. A favorite! Dinner is included.
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