Bringing the F-Words to LIFE in a Therapeutic Recreation and Wellness Program

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2016/12/09 17:24

The LIFE (Leisure in Fun Environments) Program at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children (RCC) in Winnipeg provides therapeutic recreation programs using a family-centred developmental approach. Our program philosophy corresponds with the F-Words within a framework of Relationships and Guided Participation. Our program is fully funded by the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, the fundraising arm of RCC.

This presentation will describe how relationships and the Guided Participation Model (Vygotsky, Rogoff) are central to the design of our programs. Program environments are set up to meet each participant at their own level of ability, and facilitate independent thinking and decision making with a trusted guide. Program staff receive extensive and ongoing training in using this model.

The LIFE Program has three components:

  1. Active Living Centre: an equipment loan pool for short-term loan and extended trials
  2. Summer Day Camps: for youth aged 12 – 21
  3. RBC Therapeutic Recreation and Wellness Program: adapted and therapeutic recreation programs for children, youth and families

Future program development includes caregiver training, partnering with other community programs for staff training, and developing volunteer opportunities for youth who have aged out of our centre.

Learning objectives:

  1. Application of client and family-centred practice in a therapeutic recreation setting
  2. The F-Words in a framework of Relationships and Guided Participation

Handouts include:

  • Information about Guided Participation
  • Tasting Adventure log sheets (for a Cooking Club)
  • Program descriptions and components
  • Information on adapted equipment

Presentation Handouts:

LIFE Programs Summary (November 2016)

Adapted Equipment Information (October 2016)

Guided Participation

Tasting Adventure Log Sheet


CKehler photo 2016.pngCarol Kehler, BMR-PT
Carol has worked in a variety of settings over the past 25 years, with a primary focus on pediatrics. She has a functional, family-centred, and community-based approach. She has been working in the LIFE program at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children in Winnipeg since the first therapeutic recreation programs were launched in 2008.

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Created by Ann Watkins on 2016/11/17 16:32