ADAPTIVE RECREATION

Adaptive Recreation with Cody Ogren

We are excited to offer adaptive recreation for neurodiverse people. Cody has been with the park district for 15 years lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons. He is now using his special education background to work with Neurodiverse people. He is now the Adaptive & Accessibility Coordinator. Currently we are partnering with the Adult Living Program working on life skills. We are also offering Pottery, Low Sensory Swim Lessons, and Low Sensory Nature walks. Stay tuned for more upcoming programs!

Adaptive Pottery

Students will work with clay using hand-building methods. This class is tailored for Neurodiverse People ages 16 and up. The focus of the class is to work within each student’s ability, teaching sound building structure and then letting each student’s creativity take over. Individual and group projects add to the fun with clay! Materials included in class fee. Dress for a mess, tie long hair back, and wear closed-toe shoes. Short sleeves recommended. Gloves are available for those with an aversion to wet clay texture.

Swim Lessons for All! Low Sensory Group

Do you know someone for whom constant ambient noise makes it hard to focus? Are loud splashy group lessons overwhelming? Sensory needs can be challenging to accommodate in the group lesson setting, that’s where adaptive swim lessons can help. These lessons are provided in a small group setting.  They are created for those with anxiety, physical, sensory, communication, behavior challenges. Instructor Cody Ogren will connect with each family prior to the introductory class meeting. Questions? Please contact Cody Ogren at codyogren@biparks.org.

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