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Geneva Centre for Autism to partner with Variety Village to provide unique social skills and recreation program for children with autism

Geneva Centre for Autism is delighted to announce a new partnership with Variety Village to host a unique program teaching social skills and recreational sports to children with autism.

Funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion’s Healthy Communities Fund, this two-year project will address the current lack of programs to help children with autism progress from a high-support clinical setting to community involvement with minimal support.

Starting in January 2011, two 12 week programs will be offered to small groups of Geneva Centre for Autism children. Participating children will try a different sport and social skill every week for 12 weeks. The aim of the program is to bridge children from Geneva Centre’s Social Skills Building program to the Variety Village sports and recreation program.

Co-facilitated by Geneva Centre for Autism and Variety Village staff, the 12 week programming will help develop fine and gross motor skills, improve mental health, enhance self-esteem, reduce anxiety, encourage better resilience to stress and increase self-awareness and knowledge of safe practices and equipment use for physical activity.

Sylvia Sikakane, Program Director at Geneva Centre for Autism, welcomes this ground-breaking project:

This partnership project will ensure that more children with autism can learn the vital skills they need to participate in sport and recreation programs with other children in their communities.