Did you know that children and youth with developmental disabilities are less likely to meet the recommendations outlined in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines? With higher risks of obesity and secondary health conditions, physical activity is a critical component to an individual with developmental disabilities’ overall health. This is why we are excited to announce a new program at Surrey Place called Breathe & Blossom, a mindfulness and yoga program designed specifically for young people between 12 to 29 with developmental disabilities.
Breathe & Blossom uses small class sizes and innovative modifications to mindfulness and traditional yoga to meet all participants’ levels, including those that are non-verbal or with mobility issues. Trained mindfulness practitioners and yoga instructors will lead the program, and the lesson plans will be reviewed by an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapist, who will also supervise the program. Using our expertise, we will create an enriching and safe space for our participants to learn and grow at their own pace.
“Surrey Place has over 50 years’ experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities reach their full potential, and we saw this program as an opportunity to ensure we were supporting all areas of our clients’ lives, including physical activity”, said Terri Hewitt, CEO, Surrey Place. “Breathe & Blossom is designed to provide physical activity, teach emotional regulation skills, and offer a community for clients to interact with peers and build relations.”
Thanks to the MLSE Foundation’s support, Breathe & Blossom is FREE to participants and will be offered in 12-week sessions at our four Surrey Place locations across Toronto over the next three years. Each 90-minute session is designed to improve mobility, strength and increase attention and focus through a meditative process.