Keep your child or teen busy these school holidays

Keep your child or teen busy these school holidays
Posted on Fri 15 Jun 2018

From a fitness warrior program to dance classes, from overnight camps to fun sports days,  Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) has great sessions to ensure your youngster enjoys the July school holidays. Here’s a brief overview:

Multi-day programs

5 Day Healthy Kids Holiday Program for 8-12 years

Fun activities will get kids moving, learning about nutrition and making new friends. Think healthy eating workshops, sports skills, gym sessions and game-based learning. For children who have a disability who are able to follow simple instructions in a busy group environment.

July 16-20, April 23-27, 9am-3pm daily, Ryde centre

5 Day Fitness Warrior Program for 12-18 years

This comprehensive program focusses on strength and conditioning, health and nutrition in a motivating, fun and supportive environment. The program involves circuits, coordination and agility games, and an interactive healthy eating and nutrition education session. Each day incorporates group activities focussed on developing new sports skills. Fitness Warrior best suits teens with a physical disability like cerebral palsy (and a range of other disabilities) who are able to follow simple instructions in a group environment. Attend all five days or select a number of days depending on your teen’s individual need. If your teen needs the support of a disability support practitioner to attend please let us know and we will assist you in finding the right support.

July 16-20, 10am-1pm daily, Allambie Heights Campus

3 Night Survivor Camp 13-17 years

This independent living skills inspired program is designed for young people who want to experience and practice living out of home skills. The program runs for four days and three nights. Participants will learn and develop time management skills, communication techniques, budgeting, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning skills, along with how to plan social and recreational activities. There is also plenty of opportunity to have fun with other house mates. If you are located in regional or rural NSW and would like to attend, talk to us about how we can support you to travel to and attend Survivor. 

From 10am July 9 to 2pm July 12, run by CPA Youth Services Parramatta, the camp will be held at The Rocks, Sydney.

XTreme Teens Winter Camp for 13-17 years – Jindabyne and Thredbo

This is an independent living skills inspired program designed for young people who want to have fun and experience winter sports. CPA Youth Coaches will work with participants to guide them towards their independent living goals while making friends and amazing memories. Young people are challenged to participate in meaningful and purposeful activities, increasing their confidence and becoming active participants and choice makers in their own life. 

From 8 July to 13 July, run by CPA Youth Services Parramatta, the camp will be held at Jindabyne with outings to Thredbo.  

Multi Sports Days for various ages– register for 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 days

Have fun and make friends whilst playing some of your favourite sports. Learn new skills  and play a variety of modified games including cricket, soccer, rugby, AFL, boccia and tennis.

July 9 to 13 July, Allambie Heights Campus  

17 July at Kingswood - The Joey Mittiga Centre 

For more information about the multi-day school holiday programs and to register your interest go here.

Shorter programs

There is a range of sport, gym, health and wellbeing programs aimed at various age groups available. One of the newest additions to these is:

‘Come and try’ dance for 8-14 years

This program is designed for kids with a disability to try a variety of forms of dance. Dancing helps develop skills in rhythm, coordination, body awareness and creativity while having fun to music.

13 July, noon-2pm, Prairiewood

18 July, 10am-noon, Allambie Heights campus

20 July, noon-2pm, Kingswood - The Joey Mittiga Centre 

Local CPA centres are running a range of programs during the July holidays. These include activities such as:

  • Mini Paralympics for kids to try variety of Paralympic sports
  • Intensive Learn to Swim
  • Health and nutrition sessions
  • Social and lifestyle skills sessions
  • Running workshops

Contact your local CPA site to find out about the holiday programs in your area. Or call 1300 888 378 or email ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Programs can be funded by your NDIS package, under categories such as:

  • Improved Daily Living Skills
  • Improved Health and Wellbeing
  • Increased Social and Community Participation

For more information about the multi-day school holiday programs and to register your interest go here.

Written by Head of Reserach at Cerebral Palsy Alliance Reserach Institute, Dr Iona Novak and published in Source Kids 12 December 2019, this article brings you the latest on how to maximise child development through neuroplasticity. 

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