Learning your way to independence
• For the second straight year March of Dimes Canada will be holding a March Break Camp for children living with disabilities
Since 2006, March of Dimes Canada has been offering its Conductive Education® program, helping children and adults with neuro-motor disabilities from Halifax and the surrounding areas, including New Brunswick and Newfoundland improve their mobility, self-confidence and independence. It is the only program of its kind available anywhere in Eastern Canada.
For five days and four nights from March 10 -14, 2014, March of Dimes Canada will be hosting a residential, recreational camp on the shores of Aylesford Lake, Nova Scotia at Brigadoon Village.
The camp will blend traditional recreational camp activities with therapeutic options, including the opportunity participate in daily sessions of Conductive Education®. The March Break camp is aimed at individuals living with cerebral palsy, their families, support workers, friends and siblings and provides opportunities for campers to improve their independence and activities of daily living skills while enjoying the recreational activities offered by Brigadoon Village.
Nine participants will be attending, along with six parents/ caregivers and two siblings, making this truly a family affair. Campers come from as far as Montreal, Quebec and all over Nova Scotia.
“This is the second year we have held this camp, and it grows each year,” says Beth Lynch, Lead Conductor with March of Dimes Canada. “Our participants enjoy learning new skills, making new friends, all the while gaining the tools needed to become more independent.”
March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education® (CE) operates from a core belief in neuroplasticity and on the premise that no matter how severe the disability, individuals can learn and improve when they are given the necessary tools and education. CE views problems of movement as problems of learning and works to develop movement, speech and cognitive abilities simultaneously – not separately or consecutively. Conductors, or specially trained instructors, work with program participants to help them gain, or regain, physical mobility and self-sufficiency one small step at a time.
To find out if Conductive Education® is right for you or a loved one, or for more information on classes, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.marchofdimes.ca or call 902-444-1090.