Therapeutic Recreation


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Therapeutic Recreation


Therapeutic Recreation (TR) helps children, youth and families to enjoy their leisure and recreation to the fullest. By working together to eliminate barriers, we are enhancing opportunities to participate as fully and independently as possible in our community.


What Does TR Offer?

  • Community Development: education and training, advocacy and awareness, and program development alongside community partners
  • Recreation Skill Development: therapeutic groups, individual consultation and facilitating participation
  • Parent & Client Education: workshops, recreation equipment loan program and support

When Should You Request TR Services?

  • You are new to the area and would like information on community recreation opportunities
  • You would like advice on appropriate recreation programs, supports, or adapted recreation equipment
  • You are experiencing challenges or encountering barriers in a community program and you would like assistance or support
  • You are interested in developing a new program based on a recreation interest.


Benefits of TR

  • Learn about your community
  • Participate in activities and learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Increase self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Increase independence
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase overall quality of life

TR Groups & Programs

  • Arts Express Camp
    Each year, KidsAbility™ partners with Wilfrid Laurier University's Music Therapy program, Conestoga College's ECE program, and Carousel Dance Centre to provide an integrated arts camp for children with special needs, their siblings, and friends. Participants enjoy music, art, drama, dance, swimming, and sensory play. A performance is held on the final day for family and friends at The Maureen Forrester Recital Hall.

  • iCan Bike
    This program is designed to help people with special needs to achieve an important life milestone - Learning to ride a two wheeled bike! This program uses unique adapted bicycles to help participants gain the skills and confidence they need to gradually transition to a regular two wheeled bicycle. Participants attend the program for 75 minutes each day for five days. Learn more or register today for iCan Bike!

  • Intro to Swim
    Intro to Swim is an intervention program designed to support participants ages 3-5 years develop the physical skills and group skills required for success in a community based swimming program, in a fun and encouraging environment. Children will be introduced to basic swimming skills such as water safety, floating, dunking, kicking and glides, and basic group skills such as attending to the instructor, and following instructions in a group environment. There is a maximum of 5 children in each session and a 1:1 volunteer for each participant. Upon completion of the group, families will receive a recommendation about the best swimming lesson options and supports for their child.

  • Play Who You Are
    KidsAbility is thrilled to partner with International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation to provide this unique camp. This week-long camp will feature daily workshops with award-winning musicians. Camp programming is provided by Rainbow Daycamp.

  • Sports Experience Day
    Have you discovered your passion yet? Come out and explore different para-sports and activities and meet new friends while staying active and having fun! Siblings welcome. Pizza lunch provided!

  • Supporting Kids In Camp in Guelph-Wellington
    Supporting Kids in Camp provides children who have special needs with trained and experienced one to one support counsellors so that they may attend specialized and/or integrated community camps. There is no cost to families for this service! This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and will address one-to-one support needs during summer camps, March Break camps, Winter Break camps, and Professional Development Day camp.


TR Family Workshops

  • Getting Connected
    What’s out there? Where do I find information? What’s new? In this parent workshop, you will learn about financial supports, community resources and recreation programs and supports. Facilitated by a recreation therapist and a social worker, this workshop is designed for parents or caregivers who:
    •       Are new to KidsAbility or the community
    •       Have a child with a new diagnosis
    •       Are looking for information about resources, supports and programs
    •       May be experiencing limited financial resources
    •       Are ready to explore recreation participation for their child

  • Dreaming of Summer
    Thinking about a summer camp for your child? Want to learn about what camp would be the right fit for your child? Are there supports and funding that you can access to make your child’s experience a success? In this parent workshop you will learn about:
    •       How to find inclusive and specialized camps in your community
    •       How to access one to one supports such as volunteers or trained workers
    •       Funding for camps fees and specialized supports
    •       How to share information about your child to promote their success



KidsAbility’s Program & Activity Guides
Recreation Equipment Loan