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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!
Our first season of non-competitive basketball for this age group! Our practices will be filled with scrimmages and skill-based drills to introduce and work on dribbling, shooting,passing, and playing as a team. Individual abilities are celebrated in a supportive and safe environment. Athletes should wear sneakers and bring water.
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 program takes place at Ironstone Farm located at 450 Lowell Street in Andover, MA.
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.
Are you ready to rock? Join us for dinner and time with our friends at the Hard Rock in Boston. Wait until you see all of the Rock in Roll memorabilia!
A high ratio of staff to participants and specialized instruction will ensure safety, the ability for each participant to progress at their own pace and a supportive and positive class environment! Participants will use gymnastics equipment to focus on strength, balance, flexibility and body awareness. Gymnastics is a great opportunity for your child to set personal goals, get some energy out and interact with their peers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
Our ever popular Softball program is back! Come on out and sharpen your skills, build your knowledge of the game, and enjoy being part of the team. As always, we will host a tournament at the end of the season to celebrate our athletes, softball, and summer! Athletes should wear cleats or sneakers and comfortable clothing; and bring water.
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