REACH runs four days each week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 4pm. REACH employs qualified staff who possess experience working with exceptional young adults. This program is also supported by volunteers who enrich the lives of our participants by providing socialization within the program and within our community. Most participants register for two days per week but may register for one or four days, depending on their circumstances and availability of space in the program.
We apply a participant centered holistic approach that focuses on social learning opportunities, skill acquisition to foster independence, and individualized goal setting. To do this we have three streams: Life Skills, Wellness & Fitness, and Health & Nutrition.
A snap shot of some our areas of focus ….
The Life Skills stream focuses on skill acquisition for independence and quality of life. There is a broad range of programming within this block including:
- Community connections
- Art, music and drama
- Social pragmatics
- Current events
- Money management & budgeting
- Technology integration
- Self advocacy
Health & Nutrition
Welcome to the world of Healthy Living. This program block teaches hands on skills required for making healthy choices. Within this block participants will:
- Understand food groups and portioning
- Making healthy choices
- Meal planning
- Grocery list building
- Budgeting, coupon use and shopping
- Food preparation
- Exploring community resources
Wellness & Fitness
Wellness and fitness stream offers a wide variety of physical activities focused on strengthening core muscles and balance, enhancing agility, supporting gross and fine motor development. We also explore:
- Meditation and yoga
- Mindful movement
- Self regulatory strategies
- Walking and hiking
- Floor hockey
- Exploring local opportunities for being active like visits to the YMCA, Velocity, Harrison Park and more
Creating entrepreneurial projects that engage the participants from the initial planning stages through to the marketing and selling of their product. We run a shredding project where participants go into local businesses and professional offices and shred their sensitive documents. We also run a cleaning crew with local businesses and unique art projects for sale at various community events. Participants feel a sense of pride and accomplishment!
This program focuses on exploring the services and facilities that our community has to offer. Making positive contributions in and around the Owen Sound area. Welcoming members of the community at large into our own REACH Community.
Using naturally occurring conversations about interests, life experiences, local and global events, this program supports participates in developing critical communication skills. Participants enjoy outings to local cafes.