School is done for the day, or the week or the summer… now what!? Our group programs open up all sorts of new doors for children with special needs. Join us as we meet new friends, learn new skills and adapt each activity to the level of your child, and most of all; have fun!
On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer we meet at parks around Red Deer, and on Wednesday’s we alternate between Lacombe and Blackfalds. Children and families have the chance to explore different parks as we play together doing crafts, music, story time and many more activities!
Visit us on Facebook to join a Park IT group and be kept up to date on all of the details for your area. You can also share photos and make plans with other parents in the group!
Due to COVID-19, Park IT, our outdoor playgroup facilitated by Aspire staff for children with special needs, will not be running this summer.
The Aspire team has put together a selection of online materials and resources for our families. You can check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/AspireRedDeer/videos for songs, stories and craft ideas.
We hope that we can restart in 2021 … hope to see you then!
About Park IT:
Park IT is a free, drop-in summer outdoor playgroup for children with special needs and their families. Community members are also welcome to enjoy this free, drop-in program.
Park IT provides developmentally appropriate group programming opportunities to children (0-12) with special needs and their families. This summer drop-in program offers children with special needs the opportunity to play and learn alongside peers and reach their full potential. Families attending the program meet weekly at community playgrounds throughout Red Deer. In addition to the playgroup equipment, staff facilitators provide additional play materials such as water toys, sand toys and other developmentally appropriate activities and programming, including crafts and music.
Park IT also offers an emotionally safe environment for parents who face the challenges of raising a child with special needs to connect with one another. The weekly groups offer parents an informal opportunity to build much needed social and emotional supports with others who have similar experiences.