Niagara Support Services - Ontario, Niagara Falls

GoodLife Kids Foundation is supporting Niagara Support Services’ Children’s Movement Program. Serving children with developmental disabilities, the program focuses on teaching gross and fine motor skills, increasing flexibility and strength, spatial awareness, range of motion, walking patterns, and energy expenditure. Activities are all play-based for maximum engagement from participants with visual cues and schedules to provide structure and predictability. Movement skills are taught through concepts such as body awareness, learning to bounce, walk, lie down, climb, and balance, and are reinforced by home play. Parents are provided with suggestions for activities that will encourage new skills, practice existing skills, and make exercise fun and playful. Funding from GoodLife Kids Foundation will allow the program to grow to two nights per week, doubling their capacity to serve children in the Niagara area.

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Today we're celebrating the #SummerSolstice and #InternationalYogaDay Yoga is an awesome way to help kids develop important physical and mental skills - and it can be easily adapted for all ages and abilities! For younger children, keep practices short and use stories and familiar animals or objects as cues for them to mimic with their poses. For older kids, try building to some more challenging balancing poses or turn inwards to focus on the stress-relieving benefits of the practice. #activekids #yoga

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