Rec Therapy students to provide stress busting activities in AHI foyer

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Stressed out? You won’t want to miss a visit to the College’s Applied Health Institute foyer (Welland Campus) on upcoming Thursdays in November and December.

Third- and fourth-semester students from the College’s Recreation Therapy program have a variety of activities planned, designed to help students manage stress. The drop-in style activities will be take place in the foyer from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on November 10 and 17, and December 1 and 8.

The new initiative was launched a result of a collaborative effort between faculty members Christine Wilkinson – who is implementing the activities as part of the Techniques in TR course – and Jackie Frail – whose students will promote the activities and conduct pre-screenings as part of their Effective Helping Skills in TR course. Wilkinson noted that the initiative not only benefits the general student population who takes part, but provides hands-on experience for students to plan and implement them.

“It’s no surprise that many college students experience stress on a regular basis,” said Wilkinson. “Recreation therapy professionals utilize a number of interventions that can help people manage their stress and provide opportunities for enjoyment.”

The  students are divided into four groups of five students, and each group will facilitate the same activities on two different dates.

 

November 10:
Group 1: Sensory stimulation activities. Ambient music and variety of activities to stimulate the senses.
Group 2: Stress management activities: Adult colouring pages, display board with ideas for managing stress, and an activity.

November 17
Group 1: Sensory stimulation activities (table top) and small portable stimulation room, trying to create a snoezelen room (e specially designed to deliver stimuli to various senses, using lighting effects, color, sounds, music, scents, etc.)
Group 2: Dance the stress away! Students lead participants through basic dance moves.

December 1
Group 1: Sensory stimulation activities. Ambient music and variety of activities to stimulate the senses.
Group 2: Stress management activities: Adult colouring pages, display board with ideas for managing stress, and an activity.

December 8
Group 1: Sensory stimulation activities (table top) and small portable stimulation room, trying to create a snoezelen room (e specially designed to deliver stimuli to various senses, using lighting effects, color, sounds, music, scents, etc.)
Group 2: Dance the stress away! Students lead participants through basic dance moves.

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