Individual Young Adult or Adult Registration
Who can attend?
Clients 5-99 years old with physical, cognitive and psycho-social challenges. Examples of diagnosis are:
Developmental Coordination Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Depression, Anxiety, etc.
What do the programs offer?
Power For All is pleased to offer opportunities for clients with physical, cognitive and psycho-social challenges. The programs are delivered by a registered occupational therapist. Efforts are made to use adventure as an innovative medium for therapy. Many children and youth in our programs have tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking for the first time and they have reported to feel “a sense of mastery and normalizing of ability”. Caregivers, parents have also reported that children learn “social and interpersonal skills, problem-solving, self-management and skills such as helping others and community integration. Clinicians have complimented our organization for the purposeful selection of quality equipment and teaching approaches. The variety of devices and teaching adaptations we use enable clients to practice physical activities essential to daily living such as seating, feeding, transferring, activity endurance, to name a few. These are all instrumental skills for the job of living. Additionally, if you are working with a treatment team in the community or at school, we are happy to collaborate with them to continue to help your child/youth achieve their treatment goals as they participate in our paddling programs.
We sincerely hope that you consider our programs as a therapeutic medium for you this summer to continue to grow, develop and progress in your goals.
What kind of adaptations are made?
Adaptations are made for physical, cognitive and psycho-social challenges.
What are the steps to register?
We apologize for the inconvenience, we no longer have spots available for this summer. We hope to see you again in the winter time for our indoor pool programs or next year. We recommend that you come back and register early for our programs as spots are limited and go fast. Please fill out the contact form below so we may keep you appraised of upcoming registration dates.
the PFA team!
At this time we qualify for Respite, MCFD, extended health care insurance funding and we have bursary applications available for those with extenuating circumstances who may find finances as a barrier to participate in our programs. Please request a sponsorship form from one from our staff.
When are the sessions?
Why is all the paper work required?
Power For All programs are structured as occupational therapy groups for all clients to pursue therapeutic goals through accessing adventure. The questions asked in each form advise us as to the kind of adaptations and/or compensating devices we will use for each client. We learn about you, your needs, and your level of ability and function, so that we can more appropriately individualize your program.
What should I bring to my Initial Assessment appointment?
We value collaboration with other members of your treatment team. We also want to provide continuity of care in the work we do. Any previous reports indicating diagnosis, recommended strategies and interventions are highly encouraged to bring to your initial assessment appointment.
Who looks at the paper work?
Trained and certified occupational therapists contracted to work for PFA will look at your paper work to guide and tailor resources to best meet your needs. They are the only ones authorized to look at your forms. Paddling buddies only receive the instructions and guidance related to the services each client will need. They only learn about the information relevant to ensure the success of each client in our sessions (i.e. types of transfer a client will need, types of support, any side effects of medications related to sun exposure, etc.)
When is the paper work due?
All paper work is required to be submitted and completed at least one week prior to the scheduled sessions. Late submission of paper work will result in a client not being able to attend the program. We require all the paper work so we can best prepare all the equipment, staff and volunteers necessary to ensure success and safety for all involved.
When do we show up for each session?
The time for each session has been especially arranged and reserved for each client. We require everyone to show up on time so we can offer the full session to all participants. We are not able to make up any time missed due to being late nor finish sessions late. We also do not recommend that clients show up more than 5 minutes earlier than the scheduled time to avoid too much waiting around, which may result in getting bored and/or impatient. Showing up on time is the best practice for everyone!
What should I bring for each session?
This information is provided with you in the paper work package along with a map and directions to our site.
What can affect the length or distance clients travel in a session?
Adventures in the outdoors entail a great balance between measuring the risk for each participant and the fun that each particpant is meant to have. Safety conditions on the water are always influenced by the weather (wind, rain, etc.) as well as the conditions of the river or ocean that we paddle in (speed of the current, water levels, etc.). We truly appreciate your flexibility and trust in our expertise as we guide each client through his/her session to ensure safety. Sometimes this guidance may involve paddling near to shore and a short distance only, other times, it may involve finishing a session earlier to avoid major incidents or hazards for clients.
What’s the refund policy?
We work really hard to reserve your spot; others are denied admission to our program due to limited spots. It is important for us that cancellations only occur due to an emergency or unexpected circumstance, otherwise payment for session is required when we are not notified at least one week in advance. In the event that Power For All has to cancel the session due to inclement weather or other circumstances compromising safety, we will provide opportunities for re-scheduling, if this is not possible, then as a last resort, a refund will be issued back to you. Refunds are rare and only will occur if rescheduling is not available. Should a refund be granted, a processing fee will be applied before the refund is returned.