Summer Camp for Intellectually / Physically disabled

Summer Camp for Intellectually / Physically disabled


Music I got two very special guest today Patricia Cole director of therapeutic
recreation for the up Center, and Yeager who we will talk to in a few minutes or
he will talk to us how’s it going it’s going great thank
you your director therapeutic a recreation tell me about what is the
therapeutic wrecked recreation her with upset well therapeutic recreation is what we do is we work with people to use
recreational activities to help them build skills so it could be physical skills motor
skills that could be social skills speech skills that kinda thing and that’s we have a
camp in the summer so it’s a therapeutic recreation camp
called camper right okay and idk in the campus for who we
have children and adults they have disabilities intellectual disabilities
and/or developmental disabilities to in the afternoon has been in the in
the region for a long time now yes quite a while it has done good work
but you know it’s one of those programs we can it take for granted so in that show what would you say is the
up center well the up center where social service nonprofit agency and we
have a number of different kinda programs that benefit people so we we tried to uplift people help them live
better lives and we have numerous different programs something
for everybody your offices out if there’s one on 19th yes we have an we have an office on
19th Street we have an office downtown Norfolk and
we have an office in Suffolk and imports oh well okay so were shakers
of well hit your good offices at 19:03 and also at our camp which we rent space
at Virginia Wesleyan College for camp Terry love the camper to rate this
summer hmm with what time period we have eight
weeks we start right after school is out so we start engine the 16 we have a one-week sessions five-day
sessions Monday through Friday and its effort in Wesleyan College with
so we’re kinda integrated into the community there and we do sports activities art activities music I
we have pool activities than we do field trips also and summer
the campers spend the night cool know there are some accommodations
on these activities or color combinations you have to do min we have a special equipment we have
some %uh the campers use wheelchair so that councillors basically push them but they’re right in there
with at the other sports activities that were doing and we transfer people out of their
wheelchairs to use at the pool so I we adapt the rule sometimes and
sometimes we’d had like it like that when yes def but having put for people with with a
child with any community it’s important to adapt rules but on the other hand there’s a real world out there I right
so how do you do that kind about well we try to keep it as much like the real activity as as possible and still
enable the person to participate so that’s the kinda rule of thumb with
therapeutic recreation is keep it as close to the original thing as you can but we want them to be able to
participate as much more fun for them to actually do something just watch somebody else do it so for
example Rd activity we would involve them in choosing
materials choosing colors helping them hand over hand instead it is doing it for them isn’t
very fun bureau it doesn’t matter if it looks perfect or not the fact this just
the process is the important thing with all the activities really well gotta talk about %um sure I mean it this does your lease got a job to do
here well Yeager’s job is like the perfect time to
get me people and get coated which is where he likely that we will have heard
her out of the way so he can take a nap bigger ready would you like to do
something yes so see now he knows that we’re ready
for him to do so okay so he’s on call now movement get me Ashwood he was drawn a
lot of attention a pre-taped right and I mean the guys we’re all
getting and only and I I was just living with for
the boy whose blind that she has a site dog in in there I was not allowed to touch
right him so what’s the difference rate if a service dog that’s assisting a
person with a disability would be distracted and they don’t you
don’t want that to happen because the person safety would be in jeopardy so you’re
should pet a dog that’s assisting a person that’s a service dog yeager is I’m specifically place with me
as a recreation therapist to use in my work with the individuals we work
with so his job is to meet people and to help them develop skills so he can help people with speech skills
motor skills social skills that kinda thing I’m while they’re having fun interactive
okay so if we can do session here with %uh I’m your
and your client okay so he is paying attention to you
right right now so look for example some other I’m
campers might not be able to speak and they might use something like this
which is this is actually an a very simple speech device that they
often start kids out with but I’ve adapted the so that Giger can
use it to tell about myself because I will come up he doesn’t speak English
either so your ready so stand that’s a couple ok push acre it okay crisp newburgh could get 12 years all much okay do it again work act good to Nick pushed at to return all okay when we kept when are select oh and he also likes to get treated I oh and that’s when way yes that’s what
he’s waiting for casino that he knows that sometimes p 12 paycheck
just like anybody else and so a given this is just cereal that
I’m giving him because he doesn’t require a whole lot a fan reinforcement
just a little better and that keeps us calories down cuz I
try to keep them at a good weight your you gotta redo your new contract yeah
any her your good boy her now how how did
you get your well he comes from a national
organization called Canine Companions for Independence and they train service
dogs and they placed I’m summer them with
therapist like me to use in their work set so I was at a professional
conference and they had some people that were puppy raisers who raise these dogs before they get trained and they I am
told me that possibly I could get one other dogs is
that they’re pissed so I applied with your application process and I had to get a and phone interview
an in person interview to make sure I could kinda safely handle the dog a new and had the right potential and then
name when they had a doc for me they called me and I went for two weeks
training in Long Island at their northeast headquarters you had
to be trained to yes I had between how to work with him
he knew the command but then I had to learn how to how to facilitate for him to to do them so he looks things really do something
else her register mouth sure well we do one of the things that
I’d do and ice I was mentioning how they can do
different kinda skills so we sometimes I play like a sort of go
fish game and have kids match the cards with the colours or
sometimes I have them read a little bit just depends on the individual and what
their with their care interest in doing what
they’re capable of doing and then once they get the match they
they get to give this command to Gator and sometimes this is real motivating
for them to speak because work should that its remote a penny for
the children to talk because they’re going to tell you gonna do
something and help do it because they are you campers are often used to people telling
them what to do all the time they get to tell you something to call
does it so that so you could pull two cards if they
might now they have to be at the same color and I think I’ll it when you get to the Senate which I
didn’t mix them up so that shouldn’t be too hard you might have two different commands
there we’ll see okay now you can look at them so don’t let him see right now you can
tell him what’d now nigga the kabob the acre tug ok we have two games up to talk talk
talk okay pic and you can help me help tug your get
did get you can’t get to that’s right nobody
else’s gave it away you know that would be your toy we may
attach that to a door handle and then he could tell the door open all that that’s that purpose ever talk
to him but he’ll take anything they put in front like in your refrigerator you could
speak really that’s cool he gets excited when he speaks clearly
does he ever get a chance to do that you’re OK no do you have been greatly throughout
to outside how your profit outside yes he likes if
fifty now theory and the New Kingdom a tree
and like Mike the kids might be there might be scared so I have a all holed up in their palm and give it
to me like that he’s very gentle I’ll never he really is on that it just want it so
she said she needed yet now you so years analyst what’s the
yellow thing there this is a brush am and it’s a real soft
dog or so kids could this would help them their
motor skills they could hold this and then they it they hear hit they can
brush em in they can kinda go any which way with this and I won’t
bother him cuz israel’s so sometimes I use as they can can can
help kids calm down I’m it can help them use their the learn
to use their arm more develop motor skills an help them give you a curse at me feels
good to him so they’re giving up themselves to him different kinda ways this final lotta
Research In N Out no a lot of activity with therapy dogs
in for meeting in letting it stand kids who stutter and
reading to to dog crate to really is kinda applying
their human trait her under under yeah because some doctor
non-judgmental so kids can read to them and they don’t
feel like the dogs can correct them or anything like that there’s no red pen the dog crate right grow they could just
have fun with them soco it will skin you do he’s very
popular now sometimes the kids will have more
school issues in really can’t address address themselves right so can they can can your
participate in it too well he can and post socks off he could
do what he can pull father David she will want to impose a lot No he did all those in my house you don’t
do that well we tell her if that same command to use when he tugged on the
leash is the same command type but he has to he if he sees the stock with a lil bit of
the in hell no to pull on the sock you want to do that to be fun noted circa book illustrator what the heck
okay well we do that the cape with you everywhere West lampert in Wesleyan College s okay
know what Marino and then push the top at the gala
because otherwise I’ll get stuff but there you go okay yet bigger Doug you can to at nothing fun yeah they go nigga nato that pic keep going kicker don’t that’d krik your job here I wouldn’t even do that ok
so in and how many kids we have the camp we have a up to 37 in any given week so will probably serve about a hundred
and forty individuals altogether I’m that 37 at a time any age the HR wicked 5 is the minimum and then they
got through adults quite and it really is a great way to for the
kids to come to get to know others in their inter-communal yeah absolutely the kids
make friends and with each other and we’re also on the campus along with a
lot of other camps and Virginia Wesleyan so we’re well integrated into the community and there’s been like a
football camp there that invited us one other games are when you’re there was a theater camp but
we went to their show so it’s nice for their campers and it’s nice for
community cuz they can see their kids and adults with disabilities are just
the same as everybody else Mike to have fun where you try to do
something else now bigger you have to go by we could to
shake you and she it chip there yes area okay good job buddy thank you okay you’re welcome each other
letter to be hoping they carry my clothes out yegor close up by speaking speak thanks for doing it kurhi good to have
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