Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation for children with disabilities provides many benefits including; cardiovascular fitness, and improved strength, balance, coordination, and muscle control. It also can improve self esteem, provide an opportunity to gain socialization skills and encourage fair play and sportsmanship. CARE’s goal is to provide fun activities, promote life-long fitness, and provide a creative and rewarding extension of traditional therapy services. Recreation programs also give parents a respite which is considered a “gift of time” for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities. CARE parents are able to bring their children to events and activities and be assured that qualified staff members are watching and playing with their children.

Some of CARE’s Therapeutic Recreation Programs:webTHER REC Swimming

Holiday Valley Ski Clinic
The adaptive ski clinic is held each year with instructors from Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program, a chapter of Disabled Sports/USA. Certified volunteer instructors provide expert coaching and instruction to children of varying abilities. The Lounsbury Program also provides a wide range of adaptive equipment to meet the needs of participants. The Rotary Club of Port Allegany sponsors this annual event.

Basketball Mini-Camp
CARE hosts an annual basketball mini camp at the Bradford Family YMCA.  CARE therapists, staff, and community volunteers work with CARE kids on dribbling, shooting and passing. Each child attending the camp receives a t-shirt and basketball. Kids and family members are treated to lunch following the camp.

CARE Summer Day Camp
During day camp CARE kids participate in inclusive activities including games, crafts, and activities as well as therapeutic programming including Aquabilities (adaptive swimming), gross motor sessions, and field trips.

Pine Acres Adaptive Golf Outing
CARE hosts an annual adaptive golf clinic at Pine Acres Country Club in the summer. Kids receive professional instruction on the driving range, putting greens, and then play a hole on the course. The outing is sponsored by Pine Acres. Lunch follows the outing and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bradford.

Fine Arts and Crafts
CARE routinely sponsors activities that focus on fine motor skills including a photography class and exhibit; arts and crafts nights; water color classes; and build-a-friend where the children constructed their own teddy bears.

CARE Kid Cooking
Cooking has great therapeutic components for kids to work on their hand-eye coordination, life skills abilities and other cognitive skills.The occupational therapy staff at CARE picks kid friendly recipes, gathers the ingredients, and puts together fun activities for CARE cooking classes. Kids have made gourmet mini pizzas, corn dogs on a stick, “dirt” cups, cinnamon twists, trail mix smoothies, and holiday cookies. The cooking classes also feature tips for kitchen safety, kitchen hygiene and a basic introduction to reading a recipe.

Ice Skating
Sleds and gliders may be borrowed by families with children with mobility limitations at any time through the equipment loan program.

Other Recreation Clinics
CARE’s routinely holds clinics with volunteer support that provide an introduction to adaptive sports and recreation. Including adaptive bowling, karate kids, adaptive baseball, t-ball, and volleyball.

CARE Kid Fitness
Thanks in part to funding from HIGHMARK Blue Cross Blue Shield; CARE began offering a fitness program for children in June 2007. CARE Kid Fitness is geared for children ages 5 to 16 years old with disabilities, special health care needs and/ or at risk for obesity. CARE partners with the physical education staff at the elementary schools in Bradford to offer adaptive PE classes to promote physical activity and fitness for children with disabilities.

CARE is appreciative for the wide-spread support of community groups, civic clubs, businesses, and individual donors that enable us to sponsor so many great, free programs for children of all abilities.

CARE’s therapeutic recreation programs are also sponsored in part by the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc.

To sponsor a specific recreation program or volunteer for an event please call us at
814-362-4621 or email


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