AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
We know that recreation opportunities can be stressful for both families and children/youth with Autism because of the lack of supports and routine that individuals often require to feel safe and secure. Sometimes, individuals can also require practice to generalize the skills they are learning from school. For these reasons, we have started the After School program to ensure our participants can have the predictable routine they need as well as learn new skills while using the skills they have learned throughout the school year.
We are a dynamic team of Early Childhood Educators, ABA Therapists, Certified Recreation Therapists, and interested community partners. We have formed partnerships with Halifax Regional Municipality Recreation, Special Olympics, Dalhousie University and NSCC to offer recreation after school programs, as well as comprehensive programs during March Break and Summer.
Participants are placed in groups while participating at the program. This helps keeps the number of participants small while doing activities and allows them to form bonds and friendships. There are currently 3 groups operating each site.
Groups are decided based on discussions between families, participants and staff. We consider age, abilities, special interests, goal priority and collaborative “best fit”.
We are pleased to have a partnership with Halifax Regional Municipality Recreation Facilities and NSCC. We currently operate at:
Captain William Spry Recreation Centre
16 Sussex Drive, Spryfield. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Sackville Sports Stadium
409 Glendale Drive, Sackville. Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 2:30pm-5:30pm.
NSCC Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth.
COVID-19 UPDATE: site is currently not in operation.
Costs: The cost is $75.00 an afternoon. Please note that this is based on an adult-to-participant ratio of 1 adult to 2 participants. If your son or daughter needs 1:1 supports, there will be an additional cost of $17.50 per hour OR you can provide your own 1:1 worker to attend the program with your participant.
Families can choose which days of the week to attend and make a commitment with pre-payment for 1 month at a time. Payment is required at the beginning of each month.
Training can be provided for team members, families, and community partners at a special PLT rate. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you are interested in attending any training sessions!
To ask any questions or schedule an initial meeting, please contact us! We welcome your feedback, ideas and involvement!