City of St. John’s - Newfoundland, St. John's

GoodLife Kids Foundation is supporting Inclusive Services Summer Programs with the City of St. John’s. The City’s Recreation Division offers children’s programs throughout the summer where participants of all abilities are able to take part in a variety of activities such as soccer, swimming, boccia, archery and outdoor play. Funding from GoodLife Kids Foundation will help to alleviate the waitlist of participants with special needs, giving them the opportunity to take part in regular physical activity. Inclusive Services staff provide additional support for children with special needs and disabilities so that they are able to access meaningful recreation and leisure activities. With 1:1 or 1:2 support of participants, inclusion staff are able to set up accommodations and activity modifications, implement behavior management techniques, and promote inclusion throughout programs. This support facilitates full participation, encouraging children to become more independent and to build skills needed to sustain participation in recreational activities. 

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Nicky’s favourite part of dance class? The performance! He’s a true showman, relishing the chance to show off all the new skills he’s learned. “It’s definitely the highlight for him,” explains Scott. Nicky is an enthusiastic 10-year-old with Down syndrome, who loves to express himself through movement. The first time Nicky tried his new Wii Dance system, his passion became even clearer and his parents became determined to support him exploring his love of dance. Propeller Dance prides themselves on offering opportunities for all children and was the perfect fit for Nicky. With live music for each and every class, he learned the power of creative movement and expression, including the use of space, time, and composition. And with dancers of all abilities in the same class, the kids in the program must continuously work together, adapt, and learn from one another. The result? A caring and understanding environment where Nicky can thrive and be himself. For four years, Nicky has been learning new ways to be creative, has developing innovative dance moves, and enjoying a new outlet for expressing himself. And just as important, he’s made tons of new friends who he gets to connect with every week. On top of being active and having tons of fun, Nicky’s family has seen many positive changes in other areas of his life. His ability to focus and take instructions have improved and he's learned how to take turns. As a seasoned dance expert, Nicky has become a leader in his class - Bravo! #FEELYOURIMPACT

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