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Fun things to do this winter....
Check out the Resource Activity Package that was created by Family Respite Services in Windsor.
Ideas for Rainy Days
Most Items you will need are available at the Dollar Store
Follow this link to a website FULL of crafts and activity ideas!
PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO
Moving to Inclusion
Great Adapted Equipment Ideas for Physical Education
Provided by: ACTIVE LIVING ALLIANCE FOR CANADIANS WITH A DISABILITY
Website: www.ala.ca email: firstname.lastname@example.org Toll-free: 1-800-771-0663
Making equipment adaptations for children with a disability will:
Lighter balls...beach or sponge
Larger balls...monster balls
Balls with tails...fox tails, balls with ribbons attached
Suspend the balls..beach, sponge or cosom® balls
Tether the balls...to a walker or a chair
Use brightly coloured balls
Under-inflate the balls
Use scarves, bean bags, or koosh balls™ as alternatives
Use larger targets or goals
Move targets closer
Raise or lower the target
Use targets with an auditory cue
Racquets and Bats...
Shorten the handle
Use plastic bats
Use larger faced racquet's
Place Velcro on the end of the racquet head and the bird
Attach the racquet handle to the wrist
Decrease the court size
Use more than one ball or puck
Use fewer players on a team
Shorten the length of games
Tips from families
Judge not, lest be judged!
Remember, you are not there to comment on how a family lives their private life or manages their household. Respect confidentiality.
Walk a mile in my shoes!
The stress, fatigue and coping is different for every parent. You are only there for a brief few hours per week, so consider the parent's needs for flexibility, reliability and understanding.
If he/she were my kid!
Your role is not to judge how the child is being raised, but to do your best for the child when he/she is in your care. (However, you have a legal obligation to report suspected abuse to the Children's Aid Society.)
Keep your distance!
Unloading your personal problems onto parents may make you feel better, but does nothing for them. Likewise, avoid becoming entangled in family matters and remember what your roles and boundaries are.
Who's in charge here?
You're contracted to provide services for a family. Please do not expect parents to suffer through your scheduling and work overload problems. Better to have fewer families and a reasonable work schedule, then to make demands on families to meet your needs when they may prefer other times or days.
I'm outta here!
If you wish to quit working for a family, adequate notice of a week or two is only fair. Remember families may still require a worker to fill your shifts when you take vacation and other times you don't work. Be professional!
My lips are sealed!
Keep confidential all you may know about the families you work for. Respect their right to privacy. This means you do not discuss the individuals, families, or any of their personal affairs with room-mates, co-workers, or other families you work with. Do not use their names in idle conversations.
♦"Paint" a snowman using Windex bottles filled with water colored with food coloring.
♦Build a skating rink
•Build an igloo
♦Build snow furniture
•Catch a snowflake with your tongue
♦Cross country ski
•Curling (don't knock it till you try it)
•Go for a sleigh ride
♦Go Ice camping
♦Have a barbecue in the middle of a snowstorm
•Have a fire and roast marshmallows
♦Have a winter hoedown
•Hold a tops Olympics(you know like those spinning top things) but do it on ice
♦Lie on your back in a snowy field
•Make a snow fort
♦Make a snowman
•Make snow angels
♦Snow animals or statues
♦Take your pooch to the park or open field after a fresh snowfall. Proceed to make people and doggie snow angels.
•Watch the snow fall
•Yodel, especially on the chair lift