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Mental Health Week 2020

May 5, 2020 Temima Cohen, M.S.W., R.S.W. KCC Social Worker ---- So much has changed in our lives since the COVID-19 global pandemic began. Life is not the same.  An increased threat to our physical well-being, our children homeschooling while many of us try to work from home, financial loss, and not being able to socially connect with friends and family are taking a tremendous toll on all of us. So much change to our daily lives can bring on added stress and wreak havoc on our mental state. I am stressed. I am feeling overwhelmed. I am sad. These are normal feelings that we all experience at some time, but are magnified during times of uncertainty and change. Now is a perfect time to take a moment and reflect on our mental [...]

KCC’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

March 31, 2020 The COVID-19 crisis has been the single greatest challenge Kayla's Children Centre has ever faced in serving children with special needs and who are medically fragile. The complete removal of, or lack of access to KCC’s services would have been detrimental to many families. Fortunately, the organization has been deemed an essential workplace and can continue to operate under legislated exemptions to support families and help mitigate risk, setbacks and loss of skills as a result of the school and therapy clinic closure. Most students continue to learn and receive therapy virtually, through Google Classrooms, Zoom lessons, and telehealth sessions. There are some who are not able to be engaged virtually and who need personal support. What sets KCC apart from other organizations deemed essential workplaces that serve persons with [...]

COVID-19 UPDATE

UPDATE: May 5, 2020 The Ride for KCC Team remains optimistic and continues to plan for the time when we are able to reunite the community in support of KCC's children who need us now more than ever. With the utmost care and thoughtful consideration, the Team is working towards the possibility of moving the 2020 Ride from its original date of Sunday, June 14 to a suitable date in August. As KCC continue's to monitor the situation, we anticipate being able to share final decisions in the coming weeks. If you are in the position, please consider donating, registering or helping us recruit riders in anticipation of an event that will likely look different than in previous years, but will nonetheless raise critical funds at at time when they are needed most. [...]

Building Skills and Confidence Through Adapted Sports

Building Skills and Confidence Through Adapted Sports December 6, 2019 The Recreation Program at Kayla’s Children Centre (KCC) combines fun with a focus on self-regulation, therapeutic play and building confidence and social skills through activities, music therapy, our sensory gym and Snoezelen room. The program serves children with diverse needs and abilities, many of whom have typical siblings who enjoy activities like hockey, martial arts and skating. Concerned that their children with special needs be given equal opportunity to participate in the same types of activities as their siblings – in a supportive setting conducive to their needs – many parents approached KCC recreation program coordinator, Sarg Lamberger, about the possibility of implementing adapted sports in addition to the soccer and basketball programs we already run. Sarg took up the challenge and began researching [...]

Making the Everyday Possible

Making the Everyday Possible October 31, 2019 Kayla’s Children Centre (KCC) prides itself as a one-stop resource for families of children with special needs, providing cutting-edge education, therapy, recreation and respite programs all in our newly renovated state-of-the-art facility in Thornhill, Ontario. KCC's team of therapists comprises speech and language pathologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, behavioural therapists and music therapists who work closely with classroom and camp staff to ensure therapeutic interventions are embedded throughout the day. Paediatric occupational therapists (OTs) help children with different abilities develop skills to perform activities that make up everyday life such as play, self-help, motor and sensory processing skills, eating and printing. KCC's team of OTs offer an array of therapy delivery models including; push-in therapy where therapists support students within classroom activities; individual and group sessions; consultation and [...]