2017 was a very busy year. Read it below.
Jam Dance has been a fun way to bring all ages and abilities of people together to play inclusively. Everyone is invited to try it out in the main hall at the Louis Millet Community Complex, New Minas. Click “have fun” to learn more: HAVE FUN
This Fall we are planning to run two programs: one for children and one for youth and adults. We have several facilitators on board as well as four Music Therapy students who will do a practicum with us. To find out more about the programs, click on the About tab. If you know of someone who would enjoy these programs or someone who would like to volunteer, send them this information.
Drama, Storytelling, Music, Movement, Painting and Drawing are all included in the Creative Arts Programs
Programs for Youth and Adults who have Special Needs or Learning Challenge: This program begins on Wednesday, Sept 27 and runs for 10 weeks from 7:30 pm to 8:45. at the Greenwich Community Centre.
Programs for Children aged 7 – 11 who have Special Needs or Learning Challenge: This program will begin on Thursday, Sept. 28 and run for 10 weeks at the Greenwich Community Centre.
Volunteers will provide one-on-one support for those who require help to fully participate in the program.
The fee is $140, however we do offer a sliding scale where necessary. For more information and to register, please contact Kathleen at or call (902) 582-3888. Check out:
Alexander Society for Inclusive Arts: www.alexandersociety.org
The Alexander Society for Inclusive Arts is running a 6 – week Creative Arts Program
for Children aged 7 – 11 who have special needs or any learning challenges. With
facilitators Kathleen Purdy and Music Therapist Heather Price, the children will engage
in story, drama, music, movement & visual arts! Begins May 3 and runs for 6
Wednesdays. Time: 3:30 – 4:45 in Wolfville. One-on-one volunteers will be available
where required. Limited to 6 children. Fee $60. Subsidies available on request. For
more information, and to register, please contact or call
582-3888. Check out www.alexandersociety.org to learn more about our
Jam Dance is a fun way for all kinds of people to come together and express themselves in a safe and creative way with the help of experienced facilitators and live musicians. Our next event will be at the Louis Millett Civic Centre in New Minas on Friday, March 24 at 7:00pm. More about that can be found on Valley Events. Please click HERE
Exploring Developmental Movement and Consciousness through the Fluid System with
Occupational Therapist Kathie Brown.
Oct. 29, 2016 10:00 – 4:30. Greenwich Community Hall Cost: $50.
Our human bodies are largely composed of water. In this one-day workshop we will explore the characteristics of several fluid states, each related to different qualities of movement and ways of being. Embodying the fluid system can expand possibilities for balancing tension and relaxation, transforming consciousness, and deepening presence.
This session is open to all. It would be of particular value to therapists, counsellors, educators, parents and people who work with those with special needs, along with anyone with a personal movement practice of any kind.
Kathie Brown is an Occupational Therapist (Reg NS) and Somatic Movement Educator (Reg ISMETA).
She is certified in Embodied Developmental Movement & Yoga and as a Somatic Movement Educator through the School for Body-Mind Centering®. Kathie is the co-owner of Dynamic Balance Centre for Occupational Therapy and Counselling in Blockhouse, N. S.
Thoughts for the day:
Recent research shows the correlation between the amount of dramatic play in pre-school and expulsion rates. Basically, less play leads to more expulsion. Stephen Henshaw, professor of psychology at Berkley, says: “Even more vital than the learning of reading is the learning of play skills.”
In the 1970’s, Germany turned Kindergartens into centres for cognitive achievement. A study was done comparing 50 play-based classes with the new learning centres. It was discovered that by age 10, the children in play-based classes were doing better, advanced in academics and better adjusted socially and emotionally than their peers in the new learning centres. The former also excelled in creativity and intelligence.
Students in the Horton High Resource Program are enjoying the Adventures of Odysseus on his journey home from the Trojan Wars. Odysseus meets Circe and saves his men from being turned into pigs, he bravely steers the ship through the whirlpools, barely escapes the sea monsters and the mesmerizing call of the mermaids or sirens. The next episode takes him to the land of the Cyclopes.
On the first day of the program we painted the boat which is used everyday as the crew sails on to the next adventure: