Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons

SENSORY MOTOR INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE (SMILE)

Marie-Eve Laforest
Université de Moncton
Moncton Campus
Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Telephone : (506) 858-4463
Fax : (506) 858-4017
E-mail : marie-eve.laforest@umoncton.ca

A unique community service program offered for children aged 5 to 13 years with special needs. The volunteers are students from the School of Nursing & School of Kinesiology and Recreation, at the Université de Moncton.

The program seeks to improve the "total development" of children with special needs by enhancing vital physical and motor skills and patterns.  In addition, the program stresses the improvement of self-esteem by strengthening the emotional-social aspects of a child's personality through success at play. To achieve the goals of each child's individual educational plan, experiences include water orientation for all children and physical activities in the gymnasium.

The program includes 10 2-hour weekly sessions, starting in January and finishing in April. Annual registration takes place in November through the department of Recreation, Parks & Culture (City Hall).  Services are available in English and French.


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