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Therapeutic recreation provides opportunities and support for children and youth to develop and maintain skills, knowledge and behaviours through participation and inclusion in recreation and leisure. Our goals are to increase independence and life activities, promote health and wellness and reduce barriers to participation.

Recreation therapists work closely with clients and their families to optimize participation. Clients are assessed to develop a treatment plan that includes goal setting.  Therapeutic activities are identified to meet individual needs, abilities and interests.

Benefits of participation in therapeutic recreation:

  • Development of life-long leisure skills
  • Increased independence
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Participation in recreation and leisure activities at home, school and in the community
  • Social connections

Interventions offered:

  • Community Development: education and training, advocacy and awareness, program development with community partners
  • Recreation Skill Development:  Therapeutic groups, individual consultation
  • Assistance with Funding:  e.g. Jump Start, Their Opportunity, CP Recreation fund, Municipal recreation fee assistance programs for low income families
  • Parent and Client Education:  Provide information to families about community supports, (e.g. integration services with community partners) equipment loan and support for community integration

Active Start

What is Active Start?

Active Start is a program is for children 18 months to six years with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome or any other intellectual disability.

There is a three to one ratio of participants to staff and parental involvement is encouraged.

Children must be able to stand on their own and follow two-step instructions.

What will my child do at Active Start?

Children learn to kick, catch, throw, hop, run, skip and jump in a group environment. They will enhance physical literacy skills through active play and game-based activities.

A full summary of weeks one through ten can be found here.

Check out the Social Narrative here.

When does the next session begin?

Currently there are four groups a week for ten weeks.

Directions to the Active Start Program location can be found here.


Register Here for All Programs

Having trouble? Here’s a step-by-step help sheet to get your child registered.