RECREATION AND ENRICHMENT
After a day at school, children at Cedarcrest, lik children everywhere, relish time to play, to let off a little steam, to enjoy the company of friends ñ to do things just for fun! Every day after school and on weekends, they enjoy a host of recreational activities indoors in the Center’s atrium or in the dayroom; outdoors on the Center’s universally accessible playground, in its gardens, or on the walking-wheeling pathway; and at parks, farms and other recreation venues around the area.
Cedarcrest staff members work with volunteers and with children’s families to arrange an array of recreation activities and enrichment experiences: concerts, dance and theater performances, T-ball, visits from therapy animals, bowling at the nearby bowling alley, swimming, outings to the county fair, and even shopping trips.
Many of the children at the Center experience sensory integration challenges, so activities must be geared deliberately to provide the right balance of sensory input. Some can be enjoyed by all the children, while others may address specialized needs of small groups or individuals. The challenge is to provide a program that ensures children an opportunity to relax and have fun while strengthening basic motor skills, ensuring intellectual and sensory stimulation, and fostering communication and socialization.