Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dayspring Community Connectors: Mountain Kids

Imagine!’s Dayspring department’s Community Calendar Activities (CCAs) introduce families with young children who have developmental disabilities or delays to places in our community that offer great activities and opportunities for children to meet their goals through fun and play. All activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, cognitive, and speech-language development.

Each location has activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. Activities are centered around play, because play is the primary vehicle for a child’s mental and physical growth. Play has a vital role in cognitive, speech-language, physical, emotional and social development.

Much of young children’s learning takes place when they direct their own play. Learning occurs as children touch, manipulate, experiment and talk about things, while interacting with people who facilitate without directing. During play, children are provided with sensory experiences and opportunities to move. Young children need to climb, run, jump and challenge themselves motorically. Children are natural explorers and instinctively touch, taste, hear, and observe the world around them.

In order to create these meaningful community activities, Imagine! needs the support of many local organizations. So today I’d like to highlight one community partner that does so much to connect young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families with the community: Mountain Kids.

For over 35 years, Mountain Kids has been providing children quality instruction. They have programs to fit any skill level from beginning dance classes to advanced competitive gymnastics teams and performance dance companies.

They have also been a longtime supporter of Dayspring’s CCAs. Not only do they host a monthly open gym for children served by Dayspring, they also allow Dayspring to use their space for the very popular weekly “Stomping With Sara” activity.

Thank you, Mountain Kids, for supporting Imagine!, Dayspring, and, most of all, your community!

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