NAPVI Children's Programs Letter
Dear NAPVI Conference Families,
Welcome to the 2012 International Family Conference! We are happy to announce our Children's Programs for Saturday and half-day Sunday, July 28th and 29th. We have some wonderful activities planned and we thought this would be a great opportunity to provide you with a few details.
Through a special collaboration between Perkins School for the Blind, The College at Brockport—Camp Abilities, and The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) your school age children and teens have an opportunity to experience and participate in blind specific sports and leisure activities. Graduate and undergraduate students studying to be adapted physical educators will lend new cutting edge teaching techniques and energy to the weekend. Adapted physical education teachers and physical therapists from Perkins School for the Blind will help facilitate various sports and games and provide vast knowledge, enthusiasm, and recourses. The USABA will provide an excellent opportunity for children and teens to learn about sports, meet athletes, and interact with professional athletes with visual impairments.
We will provide a variety of developmentally appropriate sports and leisure activities such as Beep Baseball, Goalball, track and field events, rowing, horseback riding, and bocce. Physical therapists will run a gross motor and mobility room where children will play balance games and obstacle courses and more. A motor development specialist will be conducting gross motor assessments (object control and locomotor skills) with children who sign up, and the results will be given to the parents with suggestions for improvements if needed. All games and activities will allow children of all ages and abilities to learn blind specific sport skills, teamwork, and peer socialization. In addition, during the weekend events we are planning a teen social, including music, conversation, not to mention some great teen approved snacks!
Your infants will be thoroughly cuddled and cared for in two spacious suites. Infant and toddler games and activities will be offered throughout the day to keep your child at play with their individual "pace" in mind. We'll need your child background information sheet in order to ensure your child's comfort and enjoyment throughout their child care experience.
Once we have received your information packet, we will contact you to ensure that we have all the information we need to provide the best possible care for your child. In the coming months we will be providing you with additional details regarding our Children's Programs. We are looking forward to a great conference and lots of great fun and new experiences for your child. See you in July!
Thanks so much,
Children's Programs Committee Chair
Children's Programs Committee Co-Chair