EQUIP: Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Equip Equine TherapyEQUIP is hosted by the beautiful Rocking T Ranch in Yorba Linda, California. The facilities provide a cozy, rustic ranch setting where clients can grow and develop in a positive environment. Safety is paramount, and the finest of horses (schoolmasters) are used.

The program was founded by Gary Mullen, Ed.D., who developed two other such programs in University settings. Executive Director Jim Tice and Maggie Kehrer, a Path International instructor, provide lessons to meet the unique needs of each client. Every lesson incorporates ground activities as well as mounted activities. Interaction with the farm animals is incorporated into the tail end of many sessions. The client experience is intended to be therapeutic at many levels.

Therapeutic riding offers a number of physical, social, cognitive, educational and behavioral benefits.

Persons with disabilities such as Autism, ADD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Rhetts Syndrome, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Social, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders have experienced benefits from therapeutic riding.

Website:  EQUIP Program – Rocking T Ranch

Contact:  Jim and Carol Tice  jtrockingt@aol.com

Phone: (714) 777-2898

Location:  4345 Lakeview Avenue  Yorba Linda, CA 92886  (map)

Friends At Play

Friends At Play“Friends at Play” is a therapeutic program that provides social skills training groups for children with developmental delays. Participants have specific delays in the areas of social initiation, social communication, cooperative play, and/or developing social relationships. The program is based upon the philosophy that children with special needs are able to develop these skills in a naturalistic, play-based setting with their peers (disabled and non-disabled). The rationale for developing this program was based upon a lack of social skills training groups in the community that were inclusive, yet developmentally appropriate for regional center consumers to participate successfully with non-disabled peers.

Contact:  Teresa Mackey  tmackeyslp@charther.net

Phone: (818) 845-2846

Location:  First United Methodist Church  700 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  Burbank, CA 91502  (map)

Frostig Summer School Arts Program

Frostig Center

The Frostig School is accepting applications for the Summer Arts Program for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Sessions are held each summer (during the month of July), and include Beginning Ceramics, Printmaking, Silkscreen, and Game Board Design.  Classes are from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fees include all materials $295 per class. All instructors are highly experienced special education teachers and working artists.

For more information and for a application please contact gerrie@frostig.org or 626-791-1255.

Website:  www.frostig.org

Contact: Gerrie Raven   gerrie@Frostig.org

Phone:  (626) 791-1255

School Location: 971 N. Altadena Drive  Pasadena, CA 91107  (map)

Fun & Fit Gymnastics Day Camp map

Fun & Fit Gymnastics Camp - Canyon Country
A gym program for typically developing children that can also serve kids with special needs kids.
Fun & Fit Gymnastics Camp - Burbank
A gym program for typically developing children that can also serve kids with special needs kids.

Fun & Fit Gymnastics Day Camp

Fun & Fit GymnasticsFun & Fit is a gym program for typically developing children that can also serve kids with special needs kids.

What makes Fun & Fit Gymnastics unique is their completely non-competitive philosophy. At Fun & Fit, removing competition means more than just not having competitive teams. It means winning is defined as “personal best”, and children are never compared to each other.

The Fun & Fit Gymnastics Centers hold classes for children beginning at 12 months, for boys and girls of all ages, cheerleading classes and are well known for hosting incredible Birthday Parties for kids.

The instructors at Fun & Fit are professional experts hired for their outstanding abilities in teaching young children in a positive and patient manner, and expertise in safe and correct gymnastics education. Several of our staff members hold degrees in Child Development, Kinesiology or Education.

Locations in Burbank and Canyon Country.

Website:  www.funandfit.com

Contact:   info@funandfit.com

Phone: Burbank: (818) 845-0700   Canyon Country: (661) 255-7244

Burbank Location:  1919 W. Burbank Blvd.  Burbank, CA 91506   (map)

Canyon Country Location:  21021 Soledad Canyon Rd. #208  Canyon Country, CA 91351  (map)

Griffith Park Boys Camp

Griffith Park Boys CampGriffith Park Boys’ Camp has been part of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks Camping Section since 1924.  The camp has more than 87 years of history helping give boys ages 6-17 years old, through the transformative experiences of nature, a foundation for future greatness. This great place is not just somewhere; it is right here in your own back yard.

Call ahead for camps pertaining to children with special needs.

Griffith Park Boys Camp is a picturesque 10 acre facility resting in the historic Griffith Park hills. The gentle sloping grounds host: 16 bungalow styled cabins that sleep 10 persons and are complemented by being air conditioning and heated. Their 4 bathroom/shower bungalows have hot and cold running water year round. The main lodge/dining hall has a wood burning fireplace and a full service kitchen. To round out the camp experience Griffith Park Boys’ Camp has a 30 ft. rock climbing wall, high ropes challenge course, archery range and miles of hiking trails. Griffith Park Boys’ Camp is proud to be a fully accredited member of the American Camp Association.

While Griffith Park Boys’ Camp, affectionately called Boys Camp, primarily focuses on giving young men ages 7-14 a great summer experience we offer a whole lot more. From traditional family based camp weekends, and their now famous Boys Break Weekends, to rental opportunities, Boys Camp has something for all nature enthusiasts.

Website:  Griffith Park Boys Camp

Contact:   GP.boyscamp@lacity.org

Phone: (323) 664-0571

Location:  4730 Crystal Springs Dr.  Los Angeles, CA 90027  (map)