Virtual Services

Virtual services offer unique experiences in small group, 1:1 and ‘Build It’ workshop sessions that aim to provide independent skill mastery for children, youth and adults with disabilities. These person centred programs and workshops will cultivate life skills, promote self-care, encourage engagement, inclusion and social connectivity.

1:1 Therapeutic Recreation

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.

Our recreation therapists work 1:1 with children, youth and adults with disabilities in virtual space. These individuals typically face barriers to participation or struggle with social relationships, self-regulation or coping strategies and inclusive community participation. Services can be short or long term, goal directed and each individuals needs, abilities, strengths and interests are our primary focus. Targeted goals are positive mental health, emotional wellness the promotion of iindependence for every day life.

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These supports can also be available specifically focused on personalized classroom and homework support. We’ll develop strategies for diverse learners that consider each students unique learning need and support.

Costs

$29.50 per hour

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‘Build It’ Workshops

October 2020

Our Build It workshops aim to provide independent skill mastery for children, youth and adults who want to acquire new skills with productive outcomes. These person centred workshops will cultivate life skills and promote self-care through topics that relate to:

  • social and interpersonal relationships
  • employment and/or volunteer readiness
  • leadership or entrepreneurship
  • recreation and leisure interests,
    financial literacy

Each workshop will contribute to inclusive and accessible opportunities and promote healthy avenues of independence.

‘Build It’ workshops Are available for the following age groups:

Topics Covered

  • Financial Literacy
  • Employment
  • Volunteerism and Leadership
  • Social Media and Health Habits
  • Communications (verbal and nonverbal)
  • Life Skills
  • Community Transitions
  • Entrepreneurship/Leadership
  • Responsible Pet Ownership
  • Leadership 2 Community Opportunities
  • Sexual Health and Relationships
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Identifying Leisure Interests

Costs

Ages 12-17 (1 hour workshop) $24.50
Ages 18+ (1.5 hour workshop) $39.50

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Group Programs

October 2020

Virtual group programs have been developed in partnership with our participants to address a variety of interests, skill practice, goals and outcomes that promote inclusion, encourage community participation and nurture social connectivity with others. These programs have been developed specifically with and for children, youth and adults with disabilities and mental illness, across Canada. These unique small group sessions offer a variety of thematic and interactive opportunities for self growth, new and healthy friendships and self exploration.

Ages 5-15
Ages 16+

Costs

$15.00 per hour

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Testimonials

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)

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)

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)

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)