“When we make physical or social adaptations to include one person with a disability in our event planning, education or community, we make room for all the others who are on the outside silently waiting for an open door.”
– Brandi Heather
WHAT IS PLAY6S COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING?
PLAY6S Community Programming provides inclusive, interactive movement opportunities for children and youth ages 6-16 of all abilities. We teach fundamental movement skills that build in complexity over the course of 8-weeks in a playful and unique way. Our focus is developing confidence, competence and motivation in each individual through inclusive playful movement.
We welcome all participants to bring along their friends and families to play and learn along side them.
In order to be successful in playful movement, we have to first challenge the 3 main barriers, as proven by research, for participation that individuals living with disabilities face when accessing physical activity programming:
- Lack of programs and opportunities.
- Fear on the part of the participants, parents and instructors.
- Lack of training and knowledge on the part of instructors.
(Moran & Block, 2010; Moran, Taliaferro, & Pate, 2014)
We designed PLAY6S as our response to these barriers by:
- Increasing the knowledge, skills and confidence of teachers, coaches, and/or professionals through functional PLAY6S Training.
- Focusing PLAY6S Community Programming on the physical, cognitive and social/emotional accessibility of spaces, programming and programming facilitation.
- Building PLAY6S Training and PLAY6S Community Programming on a foundation of play. Play is an inherently adaptable and flexible vehicle for connecting people to movement and to their communities.
Why should we sign up?
Your child, family member or friend would be provided with the opportunity to learn practical, adaptive tools that will translate into your daily lives and other activities while also building a greater sense of connection to your community. Also, you will be providing the opportunity to find success in physical literacy in a fun and empowering way!
Of course! PLAY6S is designed for any individual of all abilities to explore physical literacy and foundational movement skills through PLAY. We welcome all participants interested in improving their fine, gross and/or motor skills (while also improving their cognitive and social/emotional skills) in fun, safe, adaptable and exciting ways! Our PLAY6S environment is truly unique and provides endless opportunities for exploration, imagination, connection and creativity.
We welcome children of all abilities from ages 6 to 16 years old. Some of our programs will be designed specifically for certain age groups, but please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you believe your participant would benefit from joining the program but does not meet the age requirements.
Of course! In fact, we ask that each parent, caregiver and/or guardian remains with their participant throughout each session. Our programs are a great opportunity for fun and active family bonding!
All of the equipment used will be provided by AMPED2PLAY, however we recommend wearing loose fitting clothing that allows for movement and a water bottle. All participants are welcome and encouraged to bring any devices/equipment that will contribute to their success!
Please visit our Registration page for costs, as they vary by program, number of participants as well as number of family members.
There is no extra fee for parent/guardian/caregiver participation as we ask all parents/guardians/caregivers to stay for the duration of the program.
Another question? Great!
Please reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer your question right away!
PLAY6S CURRENT & UPCOMING PROGRAMMING
Spring Community Programming
Join us from April 11 to May 30 in Red Deer, Alberta.