Thursday, February 9, 2012

Achievable Community Interaction Therapy

I was introduced to Achievable Community Interaction Therapy at the last Sunshine Sunday held at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa. 

Achievable Community Interaction Therapy teaches classes including dance, baseball, yoga, bowing  gymnastics, handwriting, Tae Kwon Do, and basketball.  The classes are limited in size and are run by occupational therapists.   The classes are held in the Land O' Lakes/Lutz area.

The goals, per the organization's website:

  1. Create Community Camps with individuals with special needs (pair 4-6individuals based on age, diagnosis, and level of functioning together for participation in weekly personal, social and/or vocational skills).
  2. Adapt and give individuals with special needs a chance to explore a variety of personal, social, and extra curricular activities at a level where they will achieve success.
  3. Develop meaningful peer relationships.
  4. Unite and empower families to successfully venture outside of their homes, schools, and therapy clinics so they can truly enjoy and embrace all of life’s possibilities (within the family and also family to family).
  5. Provide individuals with special needs participation in personal, social, and vocational activities in the REAL environment (unlike traditional one-on-one therapies).

The Tae Kwon Do camp, for example, is a 1-hour long class for 8 weeks.  It is led by a Tae Kwon Do instructor in conjunction with experience occupational therapists.  Age limit for this class if 5 years and older. 

I will warn you that the classes do seem a bit pricey.  The Tae Kwon Do class is $500 for 8 sessions and the Gymnastics class is $355 for 4 sessions, but when you consider the cost of therapy, it isn't way out of line. 

There is a $20 coupon on their website when you register for two "camps."

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