Adaptive Sports Program

Adaptive Sports - Adaptive Baseball Camp

About Our Program

The Adaptive Sports Program at Franciscan Children’s provides children with special needs the opportunity to participate in sports and active recreation in a fun and safe environment. The Program promotes the learning of new skills, social opportunities and moderate to vigorous physical activity to maintain and improve health and fitness.

Sports Offered

Baseball / Soccer

Adaptive Baseball & Soccer Camp: Camp sessions run for 2-3 hours/day for one week.Children will participate in a variety of baseball adn soccer activities.  For baseball we utilize batting Ts and soft balls and focus on basic throwing, catching, batting, and running/wheeling skills. For soccer we utilize oversized soccer balls adapted game rules and passing, dribbling and shooting drills. Children are grouped according to their age and abilities.

Dates:   August 7-11, 2017

Session 1: 8:15am-10:15am for ages 4-12 who require a shorter session and one to one assistance. Program Cost: $35 

Session 2: 10:30am-12:30pm for ages 13-22 who require a shorter session and one to one assistance. Program Cost: $35 

Session 3: 1:15pm-4:15pm for ages 6-18 who can tolerate a longer session and can follow complex directions in a group setting in complex group activities. Program Costs: $50 

Location:  Franciscan Children’s in Brighton – outdoors weather permitting or in our gym

Program Staffing:  Therapists from Franciscan Children’s direct program activities.  Children are paired with college students studying physical therapy, occupational therapy or other related fields so there is a 1:1 child to staff ratio for the morning sessions and a 2:1 child to staff ratio for the afternoon session.

 

Preregistration is required for all programs: For more information, please contact Maria Fragala-Pinkham, PT at mfragala@franciscanchildrens.org  or (617)254-3800 x2280.

Bicycling

Adaptive Bike Camp: Camp sessions run for 2-3 hours/day for one week.  We utilize adaptive bicycles and specialized training wheels

Week 1: August 14-18, 2017

Week 2: August 21-25, 2017

Session 1: 8:15am-10:15am for kids age 4-11 who require shorter session and additional support. Program Cost: $35

Session 2: 10:30am-12:30pm for kids age 12-22 who require shorter session and additional support. Program Cost: $35

Session 3: 1:15pm-4:15pm – kids age 6-18 who can tolerate longer session and more complex group activities. Program Cost: $35

Location:  Franciscan Children’s in Brighton – outdoors weather permitting or in our gym

Program Staffing:  Therapists from Franciscan Children’s direct program activities.  Children are paired with college students studying physical therapy, occupational therapy or other related fields so there is a 1:1 or 1:2 child to staff ratio.

Preregistration is required for all programs: For more information, please contact Maria Fragala-Pinkham, PT at mfragala@franciscanchildrens.org  or (617)254-3800 x2280.

Ice Skating and Hockey

Adaptive Skating: One hour per week for 10 weeks on Wednesdays from 4-4:50PM.  We use equipment such as skate walkers and sleds. Helmets are mandatory. Rental skates are available at the rink at no charge to participants.

Adaptive Learn to Play Hockey: One hour per week for 10 weeks on Wednesdays from 5-5:50PM. We will use skates or sleds for hockey. Hockey helmet with cage, elbow pads, chest pads, shin pads, and hockey gloves are required. We have some loaner equipment available.

Location: Simoni Rink 155 Gore Street Cambridge, MA 02141

Dates:  September 13 to November 15, 2017

Program Staffing:  Therapists from Franciscan Children’s direct program activities.  Children are paired with college students studying physical therapy, occupational therapy or other related fields so there is a 1:1 child to staff ratio.

Program Costs: $40 for the 10 week program. Funding assistance is available.

Preregistration is required for all programs: Registration will open in July. For more information, please contact Maria Fragala-Pinkham, PT at mfragala@franciscanchildrens.org  or (617)254-3800 x2280.

Goals & Resources

Program Goals

The purposes of our Adaptive Sports Programs are:

  • To provide children with special needs with the opportunity to participate in sports and active recreation in a fun, safe environment
  • To determine the effectiveness of these programs and to contribute to evidence-based guidelines on physical activity interventions for children with special needs
  • To provide training to students and rehabilitation professionals on implementing and developing active recreation and sports activities for children with special needs

Specific objectives of the programs are to provide an opportunity for children with special needs:

  • To learn sport specific skills such as skating, playing baseball, and riding a bicycle or adaptive tricycle
  • To socialize and engage in active play with other children their age
  • To get moderate to vigorous physical activity and to maintain and improve their health and physical fitness

Resources

Adapted Tricycles:

The following local sites provide assistance with determining the type and size adaptive tricycle:

Adaptive Sports in the News

Adaptive Sports and Fitness Journal Articles

  • Fragala-Pinkham M, O Neil ME, Lennon N, Forman JL, Trost SG. (2015 – epub) Validity of the OMNI rating of perceived exertion scale for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. Jan 27. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12703.
  • Rowland J, Fragala-Pinkham MA, Miles C, O’Neil ME. (2015) Scope of Pediatric Physical Therapy Practice in Health Promotion and Fitness for Youth with Disabilities. Pediatr Phys Ther; 27(1):2-15.
  • Fragala-Pinkham MA, Smith HJ, Lombard KA, Barlow C, O’Neil ME. Aquatic aerobic exercise for children with cerebral palsy: a pilot intervention study. Physiother Theory Pract. 2014 Feb;30(2):69-78.
  • Balemans AC, Fragala-Pinkham MA, Lennon N, Thorpe D, Boyd RN, O’Neil ME, Bjornson K, Becher JG, Dallmeijer AJ. (2013) Systematic review of the clinimetric properties of laboratory- and field-based aerobic and anaerobic fitness measures in children with cerebral palsy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil.;94(2):287-301.
  • O’Neil ME, Fragala-Pinkham M, Ideishi RI, Ideishi SK. (2012) Community-based programs for children and youth: our experiences in design, implementation, and evaluation. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr; 32(2):111-119.
  • Fragala-Pinkham MA, O’Neil ME, Bjornson KF, Boyd RN. (2012) Fitness and physical activity in children and youth with disabilities. Int J Pediatr; 162648. doi: 10.1155/2012/162648.
  • Fragala-Pinkham MA, O’Neil ME, Haley SM. (2010) Summative evaluation of a pilot aquatic exercise program for children with disabilities. Disabil Health J 3: 162-70.
  • Fragala-Pinkham MA, Haley SM, Goodgold S. (2006) Evaluation of a community-based group fitness program for children with disabilities. Pediatr Phys Ther, 18:159-167.
  • Fragala-Pinkham MA, Dumas HM, Boyce M, Peters CY, Haley SM. (2009) Evaluation of an adaptive ice skating programme for children with disabilities. Dev Neurorehabil, 12(4):215-223.

For details about this program, please contact Maria Fragala-Pinkham, PT, DPT, MS, Director of the Adaptive Sports Program at (617) 254-3800, ext. 2280.

To register for Adaptive Sports Camp fill out the Franciscan Children’s Adaptive Sports Registration Form above. 

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