Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dayspring Community Connectors: Longmont Fire Station #3

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: Longmont Fire Station #3.

The generous firefighters at Longmont Fire Station #3 open their doors once a year to children and families served by Dayspring. The firefighters give guided tours of the station and hand out free firefighter hats to the kids (and some of the adults, too!). It is always one of the most popular CCA activities of the year.

Thank you, Longmont Fire Station #3, for your support of Imagine!, Dayspring, and your community!

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