Autumn Portrait

Natural Explorer Group

Weekly 90 minutes per session. Maximum 4 children. Individual session available.

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Description:

This is an opportunity for neurodiverse children to build relationships with nature through creativity, play, imagination and innate curiosity. Children will be guided as well as followed; as their own interests and ideas of play will shape the session and experience. We will explore, create, ask questions and engage with the natural world we live with! 

 

How it Works:

Children will have the opportunity to make art and find play and connection with the natural world. We will spend time outside, rain or shine, every time we meet. These are Child-led, child-based experiences (kids' curiosity, ideas, interests shape how the time comes together). Exploring gardens, trails, parks (plants, trees, rocks, etc.) through play and imagination; with the support of a compassionate, sensitive adult and trauma-informed expressive arts therapist, who will meet your child where they are at. 

 

Benefits: 

  • Enhance and foster children’s natural curiosity and connection to nature and creativity

  • Nurturing creativity, autonomy, collaboration (befriending nature, each other, ourselves)

  • Experience connection with nature by interacting with plants, animals and support person. 

  • Express through imaginative play, storytelling, art-making and being outside. 

  • Will be guided and witnessed by a compassionate and caring adult. A chance to lead and work through difficult experiences, emotions and feelings. 

  • Encounter and learn about plants and trees growing and living in and around the city. Fostering a greater connection to self and planet. 

Rainbow Socks

Camp GAIA (Gender Affirming, Inclusive, Artistic)

3 Sunday Sessions -  90 minutes per session.

Maximum 4 children. Individual option is available.

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Description:

This camp is created and lead by a non-binary practicum arts therapist, specifically for children and youth who are transgender, non-binary, gender fluid.  This will be a place of belonging, exploration and creation.

More details to come.

Surreal Monster

Morbid Unicorns

Weekly or Bi-Weekly 90 minutes per session. Maximum 5 children. 

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Description:

This program is specifically designed for hypersensitive and hyper-imaginative little creatures who like to role play with cute stuffies and puppets.  If your child has the out-of-the-ordinary, off-the-rail, and intense imaginative capacity with morbid curiosity and fascination, this is their place of belonging.

 

How it Works:

Paradoxically, hypersensitive or anxious children tend to have a fascination with morbid ideas and experiences.  Although morbid thoughts can be a source of concern for parents and shame for the child, they can be a source of personal strength and resilience with a proper framework and approach. With competent therapeutic guiding, this fascination can help children safely process thoughts and feelings that are otherwise too overwhelming.  

These are Child-led, child-based expressive arts experiences (kids' curiosity, ideas, interests shape how the time comes together), in-door social play and imagination; with the support of a compassionate, sensitive adult and trauma-informed expressive arts therapist, who will meet your child where they are at. 

 

Superheroes

Dragon Camp Online

Full

Dungeons and Dragons is an exciting and fun way to support your child's development that is also meaningful and empowering.  This is a game that requires participants to imagine imagination imaginatively while honing their social skills such as collaboration or persuasion and executive functioning skills like in the solving of a mystery.  Not only will the game foster the importance of science and literacy, but children will also be constantly doing math and dynamic problem solving skills.

The session is 90 minutes for 3-4 children with similar developmental profiles and matching temperament.  The program runs for 4 weeks and the children must attend all sessions rain or shine.  Each child has a vital role, and their teammates will rely on them to be there.  Children requiring additional support must be first exposed to the game in individual sessions.

 

Although it is Christine's life mission to make every camp inclusive to every child, sometimes there are just not enough children with matching profiles. Sometimes, the group setting may not be the best way for a child to thrive at that time. However, D&D is offered in individual sessions as well.

This camp is a labour of love. A good campaign takes 3 hours of planning per 1 hour of playing, for a group of neurotypical adults. Christine take additional time to makes fully individualized and customized experiences for her clients. 

Abstract Paper Cutouts

Neurodiversity Professional and Caregiver Workshop

$600 per person

June 11th, 2022 4:30-8:00pm

Goals: Differently sensitive and differently skilled.

You will NOT learn specific strategies or essentialized information about neurodiversity or autism

 

Participant description:

BI: the experience she had cannot be un-experienced. It planted a seed that sprouted a couple days later in the session. She looked at the same client but from a completely different space of consciousness and she was unable able to deliver same the behavioural intervention activities she felt were useful and meaningful just a week ago, so she is quitting her job.

Parent: "I was stuck on the bargaining stage of grief but didn't realize it. I thought if I work really hard at understanding neurodiversity and doing it right, I can help them be some of these things that neurotypical kids can. Now I have no illusion and the understanding hurts"

Autistic participant: (listening to other people's experiences) You mean neurotypical people don't feel this way in every social situation?

Participate at your own risk as the experience may result in fundamental lens shifts.

Billable as family counselling with AFU and covered by most extended healthcare that covers counselling. Email Christine if interested.

Support Group

Expressive Arts Caregiver Group Session

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This is a 90 minute session for adults caring for children with additional needs.  Not only do we spend so much time focusing and exerting energy for other people, we often can be socially isolated.  This is a gentle, mindful, and relaxing way to nourish your body and mind within a safe social container amongst other caregivers walking a similar path.

Date and Time:  Thursday April 4th 1-2:30pm at Luminous Elephant . RSVP necessary.

Childcare is not provided. 

Group Sessions

Rejuvenation for adults
Dragons for children