Students bring stress-busting activities to the AHI

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Rec Therapy students lead stress-reducing activities in the AHI foyer.

Recreation Therapy students are lining up a variety of drop-in stress-busting activities at the Welland Campus during the months of March and April.

The activities are part of their Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation course, aimed at helping their fellow students to help reduce stress, and promote relaxation and enjoyment during what can be a stressful time of year.

“The opportunity to provide meaningful activities for fellow students who may be experiencing a high amount of stress at this time in the semester provides a great opportunity for students,” said Recreation Therapy professor Christine Wilkinson.

Drop-in style activities will take place at the Welland Campus, Applied Health Institute foyer. The first session was held on Friday, March 23 and the activities will continue on: Thursday, March 29 (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), Thursday, April 12 (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and Thursday, April 19 (from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).

Each two-hour time slot will feature a total of four activities, such as horticulture, music, expressive writing, physical activity, the creative arts, sensory stimulation, hand massages, guided meditations and more.

Wilkinson noted that the students have learned about the benefits of a number of different activity-based interventions and the events in the AHI foyer offer them the opportunity to put that information into practice.

The class is divided into eight groups of students who will each lead activities on two separate dates.

“The chance to implement something more than once is also an integral part of this assignment, where they can critically analyze the success of their activities after the first implementation, and then make changes for the next time is a great opportunity,” said Wilkinson.

The students will also create a brochure or pamphlet that activity participants can take away with them as a resource as part of the assignment.

Activities kick off on March 23.

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