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Camps and Classes 2022-23

Soaring Back To School 2022: 

Sorry: Registration is Closed – Camp Is Fully Booked

This camp is designed to help children transition from their summer routines back into the more scheduled environment of a typical school day.  A series of structured activities have been developed by an Occupational Therapist to help children enhance individual skills as well as group interactions.  Problem solving, emotional regulation and motor skills development are all part of the curriculum.  The  camp runs from August 29 through to September 2, 2022 from 9 AM  to Noon.    If you have any questions please call us at 519-954-5026 or email info@creativeot.com.  Please click this link to register online.

PD Day Camps for 2022-23 School Year

We offer PD day camps for your child that correspond with the elementary school PD day schedule.  Please see our PD Day Camp Schedule for more details, including activities, dates, times, costs and registration.

Printing Groups

We offer group sessions designed to help your child with the fine motor controls required to improve their printing skills.  Please see our Printing Groups page for more details or register online.

PD Day Camp Schedule 2022-23

Creative Therapy Health Services offers PD Day camps for Elementary School participants.

Elementary School Camps:

Date
Monday October 24, 2022
Friday November 18, 2022
Friday January 20, 2023
Friday April 21, 2023
Friday June 2, 2023

Where: Creative Therapy Health Services at 136 Moore Ave. South, Waterloo ON

Cost: $200 for each full day (9 AM to 3 PM). 

Registration and Questions: You can pre-register online for this event or email info@creativeot.com or call 519-954-5026 to get your questions answered about whether this program is suitable for your child.

After Hours Care: If your child requires additional before or after hours care please contact us prior to the camp to discuss your needs so that special arrangements can be made and costs can be discussed.

What Is It?:

Creative therapy offers PD day camps that coincide with the Waterloo Regional District School Board and Waterloo Catholic School Board calendars. Each of the elementary school camps is based on a fun theme, like “Superheros”, “Outer Space” or “Going to the Beach”. These camps provide a fun and safe experience designed and led by an Occupational Therapist. Children work on a variety of fine and gross motor skills while developing appropriate social skills. A high ratio of counselors to participants ensures that your child receives the attention necessary to ensure they have a fantastic experience. Camps are structured around “Activity Stations”, where groups of children transition from one activity to another. The activities will help the children develop confidence in sequencing, planning, fine motor and other requisite skills while having fun and socializing.

 For information about all our camps and classes please have a look at our camps and classes schedule page or contact us to discuss your unique needs.

Nature Based Occupational Therapy

What is nature based Occupational Therapy?

Nature based occupational therapy utilizes the outdoors to foster children’s skills and abilities. Outdoor play provides a sensory rich environment to learn a wide variety of skills.

Why should I consider nature based OT for my child?

Our children have shown decreases in active free play outdoors. This play promotes optimal sensory and motor development in children. Children learn how to problem solve, take risks, take turns, regulate their emotions, etc. With increased scheduling of extracurricular activities and appointments after school hours this doesn’t often leave much time for kids to use their imagination and have fun outdoors. Nature based OT will use a mix of structured and unstructured activities to let your child’s imagination run wild while meeting their therapy goals.

What can my child learn through nature based OT?

  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual spatial skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Emotional regulation
  • Flexible thinking
  • Social skills
  • Cognitive skills (problem solving, attention, planning, impulse control, etc.)
  • Mindfulness and coping skills

What would a nature OT session look like?

The occupational therapist will first complete an assessment and work collaboratively with you and your child to set goals.

The occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant will then meet with you and your child at a local park. The occupational therapist will prepare various structured and unstructured activities to complete with your child outdoors.

It could look like completing a nature scavenger hunt in the forest to work on planning, attention, organization, flexible and critical thinking, fine and gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills and sensory processing.

It could also look like creating an insect sanctuary to work on bilateral coordination, hand eye coordination, motor planning, visual motor skills, grasp, sensory processing, attention and planning.

Camps And Classes 2022

Schedule of Events for 2022

We are again scheduling group activities at Creative Therapy.  Please subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter feeds to keep up with the latest news. 

Currently Available Groups:

Printing Group:

This is a small group of up to 6 pediatric participants that is facilitated by an Occupational Therapist. This weekly group consists of 6 sessions meeting from 6 to 7 PM every Tuesday from April 5 through to May 10 2022.  Total cost for the 6 sessions is $200.  For more information please call us at 519-954-5026 or email info@creativeot.com.  Please click this link to register online.

Soaring Back To School: 

Sorry: Registration is Closed – Camp Is Fully Booked

This camp is designed to help children transition from their summer routines back into the more scheduled environment of a typical school day.  A series of structured activities have been developed by an Occupational Therapist to help children enhance individual skills as well as group interactions.  Problem solving, emotional regulation and motor skills development are all part of the curriculum.  The  camp runs from August 29 through to September 2, 2022 from 9 AM  to Noon.  Total cost is $500 per child for the week.  If you have any questions please call us at 519-954-5026 or email info@creativeot.com.  Please click this link to register online.

 

Welcome To New Team Member Brad Thomas

Creative Therapy is happy to welcome Occupational Therapist Brad Thomas to the team!  Brad will be working with our Pediatric clients and brings with him an awesome energy and enthusiasm.  Prior to starting his Masters in Occupational Therapy, Brad had been a volunteer at Creative Therapy so he is very familiar with our approach to working with kids and helping them achieve their full potential.

Creative Connections

Creative Therapy is excited to offer a virtual group “Creative Connections” that is designed to allow teenagers to connect with each other virtually. This group will focus on helping your teenager build social relationships while exploring emotional regulation themes through fun, social and interactive games. This group will be facilitated by Patricia Nguyen, whose positive energy is infectious!!!

Virtual Zoom sessions will be held at 7 PM to 8 PM  on Tuesdays from January 26’th  to March 2’nd 2021 (6 sessions total) at a cost of $180. We will also have volunteers to help prompt and encourage your teenager to participate and understand the concepts that are being presented.

Register online for this event or email info@creativeot.com or call 519-954-5026 to get your questions answered about whether this program is suitable for your child.

All Group Activities On Hold

After very careful consideration we have decided to put all group activities at Creative Therapy on hold at this time. We discussed the possible ways we could continue to offer camps while maintaining all the necessary COVID restrictions and determined that the challenges outweighed the benefits.  That said, we are continuing to think of creative ways to re-introduce group activities while meeting the needs of our clients and COVID safety requirements.  We’ll be updating the website with any developments on this front.

We have been successfully seeing individual clients at the clinic for well over a month now which has been fantastic and well received by both clients and staff.  This has provided us with a tremendous learning opportunity to adapt our treatment methodologies, especially for clients who have specific issues with PPE.  We will bring this experience to any group activities we hope to introduce in the future. Live, Learn & Adapt!

Clinic Office Re-Opening

Status as of June 1, 2020

Creative Therapy Health Services is excited to announce the re-opening of our physical space for client appointments starting on Monday June 8, 2020.

Plans for Physical Re-opening

Like all business across Ontario, we are anxious to serve our clients in the safest and most effective way possible.  We are following the guidelines put forth by the Government of Ontario as well as the regulatory bodies governing Occupational Therapy to best manage the safety of our clients and our staff.  Given the nature of Occupational Therapy and the the fact that many of our clients fall into the vulnerable sector of the population we are being very diligent in implementing procedures which include:

  • Screening clients before appointments
  • Screening anyone entering our physical office
  • PPE procedures for clients and staff
  • Limiting the number of clients and caregivers in the office to optimize social distancing
  • Sanitizing all equipment used by a client prior to the next client appointment
  • Sanitizing common areas including the bathroom, handrails, door handles etc.
  • Creating posters and visual reminders for all our clients

Further details about how we are handling client appointments at our clinic offices can be found here.

Pediatric Clients

While we are re-opening our physical space and we really enjoy working one on one with our pediatric clients we recognize that many of those children or their family members may fall into a high risk population for COVID.  We will continue to offer virtual treatment sessions allowing you to choose what suits best for your situation.  Click here For more information.

Motor Vehicle Accident Clients

Our Motor Vehicle Accident clients present a unique challenge and we are being as flexible as possible in delivering the services needed without introducing unnecessary risk to anyone involved.  While we are more than happy now to be able to meet with clients in our physical clinic space we recognize that MVA clients may be at higher risk for COVID.  We are fully equipped to deliver services to  clients using virtual technologies, sometimes utilising other health care practitioners already on site with the client to help facilitate our work.  Please contact your therapist directly or, if you are a new client, our office at email: info@creativeot.com  phone: 519-954-5026.

Group Sessions

Creative Therapy has cancelled all on-site group sessions until further notice.  This includes Printing Group, Music Therapy and Yoga. 

Post-concussion Yoga sessions are being delivered fully online via Zoom.

If you have questions about your upcoming appointment please contact us at 519-954-5026.

COVID – Client Procedures

There is a lot of detail on this page about our client procedures and expectations.  We did this first to be clear and consistent with our procedures for anyone entering the clinic but also to help our clients who may feel a little anxious  about what is expected.  We hope that everyone will find this helpful.

We have posted a YouTube video to communicate the procedures in case that is helpful to some people.

We will also have signage throughout the clinic to serve as reminders about our procedures, so don’t worry about having to remember everything on this page!

If there are ever any questions or concerns please don’t stress over them, contact us and we can come up with a solution.

We will update these procedures based on new guidance provided by our governing organizations.  We are starting our re-opening procedures by restricting the clinic to one client appointment at a time until we are comfortable with our logistical procedures to increase capacity.

Before Your Appointment

We will be in touch with you to schedule your appointment and also remind you to review the checklist of COVID symptoms.  If any of those symptoms show up before your appointment please contact us ASAP so we can make alternate arrangements.  You should also discuss those symptoms with your primary care provider to determine next steps to be taken.  If you will require additional time with the therapist at the end of the appointment to discuss something please ensure we are aware in advance in order to allocate sufficient time.

When You Arrive

Please do not arrive any more than 5 minutes before your appointment.  We have allotted time between clients to sanitize equipment and common areas within the clinic.  If you are early we ask that you wait in your car or outdoors.  There is a sign on the door reminding you to review the list of COVID symptoms and to not enter the premises if any of them applies to you.

Please ensure you are wearing your mask.  If you did not bring one we will make a disposable mask available to you.  There is hand sanitizer in the entrance foyer.  A staff member will grant you access to the main entrance.

In order to minimize the number of unnecessary people in the building, we ask that only 1 visitor accompany a child for their appointment unless the therapist has made other arrangements with the family.

Main Entrance Area

You can leave wet/dirty shoes and boots on the landing and hang your coat on one of the hooks.  Your therapist will meet you at the landing and guide you to the treatment area you will be using.  Note that we sanitize all common surfaces like handrails after each client appointment.

You will also be shown the location of the bathroom, which is available to clients and is sanitized after each client.

Treatment Areas

The therapist will determine which treatment tools will be used for the session and only have those available for the client’s use.  Whenever possible the therapist will maintain at least a 6 foot distance from the client.  If that is not feasible for some reason alternative PPE, like a face shield, will be utilized.  All items and surfaces used during treatment will be cleaned at the end of the session prior to the next client appointment.

Clients are asked to avoid interacting with any equipment or objects that the therapist has not designated as part of the therapy session.

Waiting Room

We ask that at most only 1 person accompany the client for their appointment unless otherwise discussed with the therapist prior to the appointment.  Areas that are “off limits” have been designated as such.  Unfortunately access to coffee, tea, water or other refreshments has been eliminated.  Books and magazines have also been removed due to infection risk.

Bathroom

The bathroom is available for client use and will be sanitized after each client’s appointment.  Signage in the bathroom illustrates  appropriate hand washing procedures.

COVID

Delivering Services During COVID

As of Monday June 8, Creative Therapy will be seeing clients at our clinic space.  We are implementing policies and procedures to keep our clients as well as our staff safe.

As with all business serving customers during COVID times, we have all had to adapt.  We will continue to offer our services to be delivered “virtually” even though our clinic is physically open.   There are in fact benefits to meeting with our clients using alternatives to face to face appointments, especially where geographic distances make in person meetings impractical.  Please discuss the options with our therapists to see what is most effective for your situation.

Client Procedures

Detailed client procedures are published here so that you or your family member are familiar with what is expected before you arrive at the clinic through to the completion of your appointment.  The key elements include the following:

  • Symptom pre-screen (if you have any COVID symptoms please contact us to re-schedule)
  • Restrictions on people attending an appointment
  • Strict start/end times for appointments
  • Please bring & wear a mask for your appointment.  We will provide a disposable mask if you don’t have one.
  • Sanitization & distancing procedures during your appointment

Staff Procedures

Our staff will be in contact with many clients and will therefore be required to follow strict procedures to minimize the risk of COVID exposure.  This will start with daily checklists for COVID symptoms, training in the use of PPE and sanitization of treatment areas before and after meeting with clients.  If you have any questions about the procedures we will be following please ask us.