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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 [...]

Little snoozing in the Snoezelen Room

Little Snoozing in the Snoezelen Room September 2, 2019 The Snoezelen® (pronounced “snoozlin”) Room at KCC is a special place where amazing things happen – the least of which is napping, despite what the name may suggest. Based on a philosophy that promotes sensory stimulation as a method of relaxation and redirection, the multi-sensory environment is specifically designed to provide both calming and engaging opportunities for people of all ages with autism, sensory impairments or disabilities ranging in severity. “At KCC, our Snoezelen Room offers a relaxing and grounding environment that helps reduce anxiety and agitation for some students,” says Karolyn Katz, Occupational Therapist with Kayla’s Children Centre. “While others benefit from a stimulating, sensory-rich environment that encourages engagement and communication. We are incredibly fortunate to have such an effective tool on-site to help [...]

School Partnership for Inclusion

School Partnership for Inclusion September 20, 2019 Kayla’s Children Centre and Netivot HaTorah entered a new and exciting partnership to leverage their close physical proximity (literally, next door to each other) and help close the gap in the Jewish day school system for students whose behavioural, social and emotional needs are beyond the scope of the traditional dual curriculum program. As part of the Joseph and Faye Tanenbaum Satellite Program – special education classrooms hosted in four Jewish day schools in Toronto that cater to children who require small group instruction and therapeutic interventions, while offering integration opportunities within the host school – the new KCC-Netivot model removes barriers and offers students an inclusive academic and social experience appropriate to their individual learning needs and level of independence.               [...]

What A Year!

What A Year! August 22, 2019 July 31 marked Kayla’s Children Centre’s one-year anniversary as the owners of its permanent home at 36 Atkinson Avenue in Thornhill. It’s been quite a year of change and excitement! Thanks to a $1.2 million grant from York Region, KCC has been beautifully upgraded to make it more than just classrooms and hallways. It’s a special place that’s opening up possibilities for our children like never before, with full accessibility, specialized clinic areas and spaces for adapted recreation. Earlier this year, our bright, new sign was installed, serving as a beacon of hope for our families and the community. Building Campaign Update KCC continues to work tirelessly to complete our $25-million capital campaign. We’ve succeeded in fulfilling our $5 million matching endowment – an incredible achievement that [...]

A Winning Model for Therapy in the Classroom

A Winning Model for Therapy in Classrooms February 2020 The classrooms at Kayla’s Children Centre aren’t your average classrooms. Yes, there are desks, chairs and chalkboards; play areas and reading centres; computers and assistive learning devices – all the things you would expect in a classroom. But there’s something more. Something you won’t find in most classrooms: A transdisciplinary team of therapists who work alongside every educator to assess and support the needs, goals and development of students with disabilities in order to achieve the greatest individual growth and success. In a brief interview with KCC’s Director of Therapy, Wanda Gascho-White, RP, MTA, Ms White explains how KCC’s model benefits students across the board. What is KCC’s therapeutic classroom model? KCC takes a holistic, child-centred approach to education, therapy and recreation. That means [...]