Overnight Retreat 2020

Dear Overnight Parents,  At our townhall meeting I said I’d wait for mid July to decide on overnight retreat. I truly held onto a shred of hope that since we only take up a small number of campers and since we aren’t really an overnight camp, we’d find some creative way to make it happen in some shape or form. We toyed with the idea of a shorter trip, less kids, lots of restrictions. We spoke to family camps that opened and then it hit us. Overnight is just not meant to be. I don’t want an overnight where I have to worry about who could hand a kid [...]

By |2020-07-02T13:26:05+00:00July 2nd, 2020|News|Comments Off on Overnight Retreat 2020

A Message from Dr. Jeremy Friedman MB.ChB FRCP, SickKids

CAMP UPDATE: June 8, 2020 | A Message from Dr. Jeremy Friedman MB.ChB FRCP, SickKids Dear Camp 18, Thank you for reaching out and thank you for the work that you and your colleagues are doing. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a once in a lifetime event for all of us in healthcare, and knowledge has evolved rapidly  in the 5 months since we first became aware of its existence. Guidance has, and will continue to change as this knowledge continues to evolve. We expect that this pandemic will not disappear in the near future. One should not look at the changing guidance over time as a reason for [...]

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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 [...]

By |2020-05-05T19:12:00+00:00May 5th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Mental Health Week 2020

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 [...]

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COVID-19 UPDATE

UPDATE: June 1, 2020  At our townhall meeting I said I’d wait for mid July to decide on overnight retreat. I truly held onto a shred of hope that since we only take up a small number of campers and since we aren’t really an overnight camp, we’d find some creative way to make it happen in some shape or form. We toyed with the idea of a shorter trip, less kids, lots of restrictions. We spoke to family camps that opened and then it hit us. Click here to read the full letter. UPDATE: June 8, 2020  Ever since our announcement last week about Summer Camp [...]

By |2020-07-03T00:03:20+00:00March 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on COVID-19 UPDATE

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 [...]

By |2020-03-06T13:53:39+00:00March 4th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Building Skills and Confidence Through Adapted Sports

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 [...]

By |2020-03-04T18:43:06+00:00March 4th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Making the Everyday Possible

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 [...]

By |2020-03-04T16:37:08+00:00February 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Little snoozing in the Snoezelen Room

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 [...]

By |2020-02-27T17:08:32+00:00February 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on School Partnership for Inclusion

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 [...]

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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 [...]

By |2020-02-27T17:10:47+00:00February 26th, 2020|News|Comments Off on A Winning Model for Therapy in the Classroom