Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services
November 2021 Newsletter
The Therapeutic Recreation team is grateful for your continued support as we wrap up our fall season. Let us all give thanks this November for togetherness and good times!

Please note that programs are subject to change pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last Month's Highlights
Soccer Skills Clinics
Our first full-length adaptive soccer program will be wrapping up this week and we'd like to thank participants and their families for their interest and patience as we expand to this new realm of sports programming! Participants enjoyed a variety of objective-based games with friends each week as they practiced their soccer skills.
Social Sandbox
Social Sandbox met up in October for fun and games at Blandair Park! Social Sandbox is a program geared toward improving peer to peer interaction and social development in children ages 1-8. Check out the flickr album from October's session here!
Casino Night
Casino Night was a blast!

Using Zoom breakout rooms, participants tried their hand at Roulette, High-Low, Plinko, Blackjack, and even bet on a virtual horse race!

Congratulations to our top winners Robert, Sean, and Justin!
Halloween Bash
Thank you to those who joined us for our virtual Halloween dance! We had so many great costumes and danced along to our favorite spooky tunes. Congrats to our costume winners:

Funniest Costume - Adesola
Most Original Costume - Amy
Cutest Couple Costume - Corissa and RJ
Scariest Costume - Everett
Best Overall Costume - Darryl
Spotlight on...No Boundaries
The Show Must Go On!
Our Therapeutic Recreation drama program, No Boundaries, has been rehearsing weekly (in-person) since September. They are preparing for a fall performance of the musical Oklahoma which was originally interrupted by the pandemic. Although there will not be a live audience, the group is excited to share the recording of the show this November.

Actor Chris, who plays Will, is excited to be filmed so he can show off his talents to friends and family near and far.

The No Boundaries program would not be possible without the dedication of an amazing cast and crew. Director Wayne Larrivey, program coordinator Tori Taylor, support staff Candi, and volunteers Nancy and Donna have been working to make the show a success while keeping everyone safe. Parent volunteers also play a big role in preparing the set and costumes. This year, we are thanking our marketing team who helped No Boundaries put together a plan to safely film and distribute the performance.

Although a tight-knit group, the No Boundaries program is very welcoming to newcomers. Those interested in joining the fun in 2022 can register beginning December 1. The spring performance will be a cabaret show.
Upcoming Virtual Programs
In-Person Enrichment
Saturday, November 13 | 5-6 yrs, 7-9 yrs
Saturday, December 4 | 10-12 yrs
$35
Upcoming Special Events
Saturday, December 11 | $5

Now virtual! Teens and adults with developmental disabilities enjoy dancing, socializing, and music by our DJ. Start planning your sweater now for a chance to win one of 3 prizes: Ugliest Sweater, Best Homemade Sweater, and the Cheermeister Award (most holiday spirit)!
Partner Happenings
"Anxiety and Depression in the Autism Population," presented by Dr. Roma Vasa
Monday, November 8 from 1:30 to 3:30pm | Online

Join the Pathfinders for Autism for a training that will review the prevalence and characteristics of anxiety in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Various clinical presentations of anxiety will be discussed across different age groups and levels of functioning. The latest evidence on treatments, medications, and therapy will be presented.
Shared Support MD presents Self Directed Services
Thursday, November 11 at 4pm | Online

Do you have a transition-aged youth (14-21+) in your life? Join HCPSS to learn about about Self Directed Services. Self Directed Services empowers individuals to have decision-making authority over certain services and take direct responsibility to manage their services with the assistance of a system of available supports.

Questions? Please Contact Meghan Smallwood, Transition Specialist, meghan_smallwood@hcpss.org or 443-355-7733.

This event is part of the continued information and training sessions about special education for families of students with IEPs and IFSPs presented by HCPSS.
Help Us Help You
Do you have program feedback and suggestions? Want to provide a testimonial about your experience or your family member's experience? Fill out our survey!
The Inside Scoop
Stumped at trivia? Looking for a leg up on the competition?

Each newsletter contains a fun fact that you may find helpful at Themed Trivia, V.I.P. Club, or Pot Luck.

November's Fact:
November is pomegranate month! There are over 760 varieties of pomegranate. Did you know the grenadine syrup used to flavor some drinks is derived from pomegranate juice?
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