Family Fun Ride – El Tour de Tucson

The Family Fun Ride is the one event where everyone can feel like an athlete for just a day. There are two Fun Rides that families can participate in, the 1-mile course or the 3-mile course. 

If you want to participate in the Family Fun Ride, please register on the El Tour de Tucson website (click here for a guide on how to register). You will pay the registration fee for the event, and on the day of the race, when you receive your registration packet, you will be fully reimbursed for the Fun Ride!

If you are unable to pay for the fee upfront, please contact caitlyn.conlin@childrensclinics.org

 

SHOWTIME: Musical Theatre

Join us for another fantastic Children’s Clinics Partnership with Saguaro City!

SHOWTIME! A musical theatre journey from Studio to Stage!

Tuition Free!

Inclusive Theatre Arts Education. Ages 7-17 | All Levels & Abilities

Classes on 3 Saturdays/Sundays: Sept. 9th/10th, 16th/17th, 23rd/24th at 9am – 3pm & 1 bonus Friday evening on Sept. 22nd from 5pm – 9pm

Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre | West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. Tucson, AZ 85709

Register at: https://www.saguarocity.org/showtime

Benefits of Adaptive Sports for Children

Adaptive sports offer a range of physical, emotional, and social benefits for children with disabilities. These sports are specifically designed to accommodate individual needs and abilities, ensuring that all children can participate and experience the joy of physical activity. Here are some of the benefits of adaptive sports for children:

  1. Physical Health:
    • Improved Strength and Coordination: Adaptive sports help children develop better muscle strength, coordination, and balance through regular physical activity.
    • Cardiovascular Health: Engaging in sports promotes cardiovascular fitness, helping to maintain a healthy heart and circulatory system.
    • Bone Health: Weight-bearing activities in adaptive sports can contribute to better bone density and overall bone health.
    • Motor Skills: Children can enhance their fine and gross motor skills through the various movements and challenges presented by adaptive sports.
  2. Psychological Well-being:
    • Self-Confidence: Participating in sports empowers children by showing them that they can overcome challenges and achieve goals, boosting their self-confidence.
    • Self-Esteem: Success and improvement in adaptive sports can lead to a more positive self-image and higher self-esteem.
    • Stress Relief: Physical activity, including adaptive sports, helps reduce stress and anxiety, promoting mental well-being.
    • Sense of Achievement: Achieving milestones and mastering new skills in sports can provide a sense of accomplishment that positively impacts a child’s emotional state.
  3. Social Interaction:
    • Teamwork: Many adaptive sports involve team activities, fostering collaboration, cooperation, and a sense of belonging.
    • Friendships: Children can build friendships and social connections with peers who share similar interests and experiences in adaptive sports.
    • Communication Skills: Being part of a team or engaging in sports-related activities can improve communication skills and enhance social interactions.
    • Community Involvement: Adaptive sports often bring together a supportive community of families, coaches, and volunteers, creating a supportive network for children and their families.
  4. Inclusion and Acceptance:
    • Promotes Inclusion: Adaptive sports promote inclusivity by providing opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in physical activities alongside their typically developing peers.
    • Educates Others: Inclusive sports help educate the broader community about the capabilities and potential of children with disabilities, promoting acceptance and reducing stigma.
  5. Skill Development:
    • Transferable Skills: Many skills learned in adaptive sports, such as communication, problem-solving, and perseverance, can be applied to other areas of life, including education and employment.
  6. Healthy Lifestyle Habits:
    • Long-Term Benefits: Engaging in adaptive sports from a young age can instill a love for physical activity, encouraging a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.
    • Prevention of Secondary Conditions: Regular physical activity can help prevent secondary conditions associated with certain disabilities, such as obesity and muscle atrophy.

Adaptive sports provide children with disabilities the opportunity to lead active and fulfilling lives, enhancing their physical and emotional well-being while promoting a sense of belonging and achievement.

You can help support Children’s Clinics adaptive recreation programs which include basketball, soccer, tennis, cheer, and dance. These programs are not covered by insurance, but we believe they are vital to a child’s health and well-being. Please support these programs by donating today!

Cleft Lip and Palate Resources

Approximately 1 in 700 children are born with a cleft lip and/or palate every year. The ACPA is an international nonprofit medical society of healthcare professionals who treat and/or perform research on birth defects of the head and face. Here are links to the resources available on the ACPA website. The site is available in both English and Spanish.

ACPA Resources:

ACPA General Resource Center

Introduction to Cleft Lip & Palate

Feeding Your Baby

Your Baby’s First Year

Help With Social Situations

Paying for Treatment/Dealing with Insurance

Financial Assistance Programs

Letter to Teachers/Information

Educational Materials

Additional Resources:

Children’s Craniofacial Association One-Sheets Overview

 

 

Teaching Sexuality: What Works?

BY: Terri Couwenhoven MS,CSE

  • Visual strategies are critical- People with developmental disabilities are almost always visual learners. When possible, use pictures, videos, photos, role playing, or other concrete techniques.
  • Repeat & reinforce concepts over time- One time “sex talks” rarely work for anyone (disability or not).  People with developmental disabilities typically benefit from hearing/seeing/discussing concepts in different environments and contexts over time. Think of sexual learning as a “process” rather than a “session”. Then look for opportunities to repeat and reinforce information during relevant situations that make sense for your child (teachable moments).
  • Use simple, unsophisticated language that makes sense for your son or daughter- Sexuality is a tough topic for many people. It is common, when a topic is uncomfortable, to unconsciously speak faster (because the sooner we finish the better!), use big words (because slang might be difficult for us to say), or insert complex analogies that are confusing and abstract.  Try to use language that makes sense for your son or daughter and slow down. Give them time to process what you are teaching.
  • Teach facts & boundaries- Facts are facts. Body parts have names, and words have definitions. People with developmental disabilities tend to struggle more with the social rules and boundaries surrounding words and definitions. Teach facts AND boundaries to enhance both understanding and social appropriateness.

Example 1:

FACT– Masturbation is touching or rubbing the genitals for pleasure

BOUNDARY– Masturbation is private. If you want to touch or rub your ___, you need to go to your private place. Your private place is __________.

Example 2:

FACT- Flirting means using your body or words to let another person know you are attracted to them or interested.

BOUNDARY- Who is it okay to flirt with? When?

Example 3:

FACT– A date is a planned get together between two people who might like to be a couple or are already a couple.

BOUNDARY- Who is an appropriate dating partner?

  • Use developmental age to decide how you will need to modify and adapt information. You know better than anyone your son or daughter’s level of understanding. If your son or daughter has low reading levels, use pictures, rather than words, to teach.

  • Use chronological age to determine boundaries and societal expectations for behavior.  The rest of the world does not care or understand your child’s developmental age. They see your son or daughter’s chronological age and will expect your son or daughter to act socially appropriate.  Use chronological age to work towards expected social behaviors.

  • Begin with the most immediate need– The depth and breadth of sexuality topics and issues can be mind boggling. Begin with your son or daughter’s most immediate needs. Often, the most immediate needs for sexuality education revolve around safety, social appropriateness, and independence

Downloadable PDFs Information Sheets

Ten Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

BY: Amy Serafin

 

FUN IN THE POOL FOR PATIENTS

Aquatic therapy, also known as hydrotherapy or aquatic rehabilitation, is a form of physical therapy that takes place in a pool or other water-based environment. It offers numerous benefits for children with disabilities, promoting physical, cognitive, and social development. Here are some of the key benefits of aquatic therapy for children with disabilities:

  1. Buoyancy and reduced weight-bearing: Water provides buoyancy, which reduces the effects of gravity on the body. This allows children with disabilities to move more easily, experiencing reduced weight-bearing and less strain on their joints. The water’s buoyancy also helps improve balance and stability.
  2. Increased range of motion: Water’s natural resistance provides gentle pressure against the body, which can help improve muscle strength and flexibility. The buoyancy of water allows children to move their limbs through a wider range of motion, promoting joint mobility.
  3. Improved muscle strength and endurance: Aquatic therapy offers an environment where children can engage in various exercises and activities that target muscle strengthening. Water resistance increases the challenge for muscles, leading to improved strength and endurance over time.
  4. Enhanced cardiovascular fitness: Engaging in water-based exercises helps promote cardiovascular fitness. The resistance of water provides a gentle yet effective workout for the heart and lungs, improving overall cardiovascular health.
  5. Sensory stimulation: Water provides a unique sensory experience with its temperature, texture, and hydrostatic pressure. Aquatic therapy can stimulate the sensory systems of children with disabilities, enhancing their proprioception, tactile awareness, and overall sensory integration.
  6. Pain management: Warm water used in aquatic therapy can help relieve pain and muscle spasms, providing a soothing effect on the body. The hydrostatic pressure of the water can also reduce swelling and inflammation, providing pain relief for children with disabilities.
  7. Balance and coordination improvement: Water’s buoyancy and resistance challenge the body’s balance and coordination systems. By participating in aquatic therapy, children can enhance their balance, coordination, and overall body awareness.
  8. Increased confidence and self-esteem: Aquatic therapy can be a fun and enjoyable experience for children with disabilities. Achieving new physical milestones and experiencing success in the water can boost their confidence and self-esteem, transferring to other aspects of their lives.
  9. Social interaction and peer support: Participating in aquatic therapy often involves group sessions, providing opportunities for children with disabilities to interact with their peers. This social aspect promotes communication, cooperation, and the development of social skills.
  10. Relaxation and stress reduction: Water has a calming effect on the body and mind. Aquatic therapy can help children with disabilities relax, reduce anxiety, and manage stress levels.

Aquatic therapy at Children’s Clinics integrates the unique knowledge, skills, and training of a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech and language pathologist to provide rehabilitative services in a pool that are individual to each patient. It’s important to note that the specific benefits of aquatic therapy may vary depending on the individual needs and disabilities of each child. Consulting with one of our physical therapist can help determine if the aquatic therapy program is suitable for a specific patient.

 

Sibshop

Join us for a lively peer support and education program for young siblings of people with complex medical needs. For ages 7-14.


Why You’ll Love It!

  • Games & activities
  • SNACKS
  • A chance to be yourself
  • Guided conversation

Sibling Group Form

  • Please list any therapies or services
    I authorize my child to participate in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences Programs. I acknowledge the risks inherent in the participation by my child. In my absence, I further authorize the staff representing Children’s Clinics to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention for my child and I hereby waive and release those staffers, and volunteers of Children’s Clinics from all liability for any injuries or illnesses, that may be incurred while participating in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences, while in attendance, except for injury directly resulting from gross negligence or willful misconduct.
    COVID-19 Waiver of Liability: I also authorize my child to participate in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. I understand the COVID-19 virus has a long incubation period during which carriers of the virus may not show symptoms and still be highly contagious. It is impossible to determine who has it and who does not without a test to confirm. I understand that due to the inherent nature of exercise, sports, and group events, and based on the evolving knowledge of the virus, my child has an elevated risk of contracting the virus simply by participating. I understand that my child contracting the virus may place others he or she comes in contact with at risk for contracting the virus as well. I confirm that I will not send my child to the program if my child or anyone from their household are known to be carrying the virus or have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: • Fever • Shortness of Breath • Dry cough • Runny Nose • Sore Throat • Diminished sense of smell or taste. I also understand the CDC recommends social distancing of at least 3-6 feet, but this will not be possible for the entire duration of Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences Programming. In an effort to mitigate risk, Children’s Clinics staff and volunteers will wear a mask and it is required that all participants and adults accompanying the child wear a mask that covers both their nose and mouth. I understand that while Children’s Clinics staff and volunteers will follow mitigation procedures to reduce risk, a risk still remains. As the parent/guardian, I agree to assume all risks and hazards associated with my child’s participation, including the risks associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. To the fullest extent permitted by law, I agree to waive, release, and discharge any and all claims against Children’s Clinics. I have read, understand, and accept the COVID-19 Expectations and Waiver of Liability.

Adaptive Basketball

***Adaptive Basketball is now full!  If you would like to be put on the wait list, please register below.  

Join us for 7 weekly sessions. Kids will learn the fundamentals of basketball in a welcoming and inclusive environment at Compass High School every Monday starting July 10 through Aug 21.

Ages 12 and under: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Ages 13 and up: 6:30 – 7:30 pm Groups are based on age and abilities.

Registration Required Below.

Adaptive Basketball July/August 2023

    We will contact you if a spot opens up for our basketball program
  • Please identify an individual other than yourself that we can contact in case of an emergency.
    Please check all that apply
    Please check all that apply
    I understand that I must remain at Compass High School and present for the duration of the program while my child participates in Basketball.
    I authorize my child to participate in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences Programs. I acknowledge the risks inherent in the participation by my child. In my absence, I further authorize the staff representing Children’s Clinics to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention for my child and I hereby waive and release those staffers, and volunteers of Children’s Clinics from all liability for any injuries or illnesses, that may be incurred while participating in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences, while in attendance, except for injury directly resulting from gross negligence or willful misconduct.
    COVID-19 Waiver of Liability: I also authorize my child to participate in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. I understand the COVID-19 virus has a long incubation period during which carriers of the virus may not show symptoms and still be highly contagious. It is impossible to determine who has it and who does not without a test to confirm. I understand that due to the inherent nature of exercise, sports, and group events, and based on the evolving knowledge of the virus, my child has an elevated risk of contracting the virus simply by participating. I understand that my child contracting the virus may place others he or she comes in contact with at risk for contracting the virus as well. I confirm that I will not send my child to the program if my child or anyone from their household are known to be carrying the virus or have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: • Fever • Shortness of Breath • Dry cough • Runny Nose • Sore Throat • Diminished sense of smell or taste. I also understand the CDC recommends social distancing of at least 3-6 feet, but this will not be possible for the entire duration of Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences Programming. In an effort to mitigate risk, Children’s Clinics staff and volunteers will wear a mask and it is required that all participants and adults accompanying the child wear a mask that covers both their nose and mouth. I understand that while Children’s Clinics staff and volunteers will follow mitigation procedures to reduce risk, a risk still remains. As the parent/guardian, I agree to assume all risks and hazards associated with my child’s participation, including the risks associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. To the fullest extent permitted by law, I agree to waive, release, and discharge any and all claims against Children’s Clinics. I have read, understand, and accept the COVID-19 Expectations and Waiver of Liability.
    I consent to the photographing/video recording/ audio recording of the above-named patients by Children's Clinics staff at this event. I agree the resulting images or recordings may be used for Children's Clinics publicity or marketing purposes (brochure, pamphlet, lobby display, social media posts, printed material, etc.). I understand that I have the right to reverse this consent, in writing, at any time before the image or recording is used for the purposes indicated above.

Children’s Clinics Rock Orchestra

***Registration is now full.  If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please fill out the form below.

When: Saturdays from 10am – 11:30am

Where: University of Arizona | 1017 N Olive RD

Ages 13 and up

Open to all Abilities

Registration is Required

Join us for 7 weekly sessions in collaboration with the UA Music School as we explore music and creativity together in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Performance will take place on the 7th session. Registration is required to participate! Grab your spot today!

Rock Orchestra Registration Form

  • Please identify an individual other than yourself that we can contact in case of an emergency.
    Please check all that apply
    Please check all that apply
    I understand that I must remain on the U of A campus and present for the duration of the program while my child participates on Saturdays from 10:00am - 11:30am.
    I authorize my child to participate in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences Programs. I acknowledge the risks inherent in the participation by my child. In my absence, I further authorize the staff representing Children’s Clinics to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention for my child and I hereby waive and release those staffers, and volunteers of Children’s Clinics from all liability for any injuries or illnesses, that may be incurred while participating in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences, while in attendance, except for injury directly resulting from gross negligence or willful misconduct.
    COVID-19 Waiver of Liability: I also authorize my child to participate in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. I understand the COVID-19 virus has a long incubation period during which carriers of the virus may not show symptoms and still be highly contagious. It is impossible to determine who has it and who does not without a test to confirm. I understand that due to the inherent nature of exercise, sports, and group events, and based on the evolving knowledge of the virus, my child has an elevated risk of contracting the virus simply by participating. I understand that my child contracting the virus may place others he or she comes in contact with at risk for contracting the virus as well. I confirm that I will not send my child to the program if my child or anyone from their household are known to be carrying the virus or have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: • Fever • Shortness of Breath • Dry cough • Runny Nose • Sore Throat • Diminished sense of smell or taste. I also understand the CDC recommends social distancing of at least 3-6 feet, but this will not be possible for the entire duration of Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences Programming. In an effort to mitigate risk, Children’s Clinics staff and volunteers will wear a mask and it is required that all participants and adults accompanying the child wear a mask that covers both their nose and mouth. I understand that while Children’s Clinics staff and volunteers will follow mitigation procedures to reduce risk, a risk still remains. As the parent/guardian, I agree to assume all risks and hazards associated with my child’s participation, including the risks associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. To the fullest extent permitted by law, I agree to waive, release, and discharge any and all claims against Children’s Clinics. I have read, understand, and accept the COVID-19 Expectations and Waiver of Liability.
    I consent to the photographing/video recording/ audio recording of the above-named patients by Children's Clinics staff at this event. I agree the resulting images or recordings may be used for Children's Clinics publicity or marketing purposes (brochure, pamphlet, lobby display, social media posts, printed material, etc.). I understand that I have the right to reverse this consent, in writing, at any time before the image or recording is used for the purposes indicated above.

Adaptive Cheer

Join us for our 6-week Adaptive Cheer program at Brandi Fenton Park every Wednesday starting March 29 through May 3.

OPEN TO ALL ABILITIES

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Registration is required.