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Fairfax County, Virginia

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Therapeutic Recreation Services' aim is to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities so they may acquire the skills that enable them to participate in the recreation and leisure programs of their choice. Staff is committed to providing services, education, and resources that meet our participants' interests, needs, and abilities on the road toward lifelong participation and enjoyment in recreation and leisure activities. Staff also provides support and advocacy to individuals who wish to participate in general recreation activities

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Programs Listing for: Children, Teens, and Young Adult Programs

Adventure Series

Ages 10-22


Upcoming Adventures:
SNOW TUBING @ Liberty Mountain on February 23, 2020 (7:45am-4pm). Register Here!  

Participants must become members of the Adventure Series before being able to sign up for individual activities. Age ranges may vary depending on activity.

Therapeutic Recreation’s newest program, “Adventure Series”, is designed to improve teamwork, social skills, increase self-esteem, and to give participants with varying abilities the opportunity to try new, exciting leisure activities that they may have never tried before. From snow tubing to zip lining, fun, laughter, and friendships are being formed to create lasting memories!

Participants must be able to meet all of the following criteria:
• Maintain a 1:4/5 staff-to-participant ratio and remain with the group
• Independent in personal care
• Independent with mobility
• Follow multi-step instructions
• Able to communicate needs
• Interact appropriately with peers
• Minimal behavior redirection and management

Participants may be required to meet with Program Manger prior to program acceptance to determine eligibility. Note: participants who require more support than the Adventure Series program is designed to provide are not eligible for participation. For questions regarding eligibility, please contact Debbie O'Bryant at (703) 324-5621

Upcoming Adventures:
SNOW TUBING @ Liberty Mountain on February 23, 2020 (7:45am-4pm).


Registration Opens January 22, 2019. Time: 7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Participants will meet at Pennino Building-12011 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035. Where: Liberty Mountain Resort Carroll Valley, PA. Registration Fee: $ 55.00. Scholarships Available. Call for details

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Caregiver Night Out

6-22


Caregivers Night Out is a great opportunity for participants to enjoy and explore leisure opportunities while providing parents/caregivers a few hours to themselves. This month participants will have an afternoon filled with bowling, snacks, activities, and more!  

When: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Event Location: Pennino Building-12011 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, VA 22035
Cost: $20
Registration opens November 26 & closes December 13, 2019.

Caregivers Night Out on 12-15-19 includes:
* Bus ride to and from Bowl America.
* Bowling and shoe rental
* Snacks (If your child has food allergies or a special diet please send dinner with him/her)
* Fun games and activities for all!

Open to individuals age 6-22 with an intellectual/developmental disability
who can be safe out in the community in a 1:3 ratio.



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ESY (Secondary) Early Morning Drop-Off

Ages 13-22 years old.


ESY (Secondary) Early Morning Drop-Off is available at all three Therapeutic Recreation Summer camp sites:
Frost Middle
Key Middle
Herndon Middle
Secondary ESY students are able to be dropped off with Therapeutic Recreation staff from 8:30-10:00 am before the start of the ESY. They will be provided recreational activities during that time period. Students will be walked to the ESY classrooms at 10:00 am for the start of ESY. The cost per week of early drop-off is $20.



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Fit & Fuel

Ages: 16+


Fit & Fuel is a wellness program for participants ages 16 and up with intellectual disabilities. Participants will focus on developing knowledge and skills to improve personal fitness, and health. Each session will include participation in a structured exercise/fitness component followed by an opportunity to create a healthy snack. Participants can get fit and fuel up!
(*Please make sure to inform staff of any allergies or dietary restrictions, so that they may plan accordingly).

Session 1: October 15, 22, 29, November 5,12, 19, December 3, 10
Registration begins September 16, 2019

Session 2: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25
Registration begins December 9, 2019

Session 3: March 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12
Registration begins February 17, 2020

Program Location:
Providence Community Center-3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031

Program Time: 7-8:30pm

Cost per session of Fit & Fuel: $30


Registration opens December 9, 2019 Session Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25

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Friday Night Voyager

For participants ages 13-22


Friday Night Voyager aims to build participants’ leisure independence by focusing on targeted leisure skill development within the group’s specific areas of interest.  The group will talk about their interests at the beginning of the program and vote on the leisure activities they want to pursue as a group for that session.  For each session the groups will focus on effective communication, teamwork, socialization and goal setting skills.   Participants will engage in a variety of fun and engaging activities designed to work towards being more independent in the leisure and recreation activities of their choice.    

Who is a good fit for Friday Night Voyager?
Individuals ages 13-22 with high functioning intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or Autism Spectrum disorder who in a community setting are able to:
• Interact appropriately with peers with minimal behavioral management assistance (redirection, verbal prompts) in a 1:5-1:6 ratio
• Follow multi-step instructions, ask for assistance and convey feelings/needs appropriately
• Take care of personal care needs with minimal support (verbal cues)
• Remain with the group

Session Information:
Cost per session of Friday Night Voyager: $60

Session 1: October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 15, 22, December 6, 13
Registration opens September 12, 2019

Session 2: January 10, 24, 31 February  7, 21, 28, March 6, 13
Registration opens December 11, 2019

Where: Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030

Program Hours: 6:30pm-9:00pm


Registration begins December 11, 2019 Session Dates: January 10, 24, 31 February 7, 21, 28, March 6, 13

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JPMF Splash Water Safety Lessons

For ages 5-22


JPMF Splash, a water safety and skills program, teaches individuals with disabilities how to be safe and have fun in and around the water. This unique program was created by The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund, and it is based on five water safety rules developed specifically for individuals with disabilities. Under the guidance of a water safety instructor and therapeutic recreation staff, volunteer swim buddies are paired with participants to assist them with skill building games and exercises. Participants will learn how to enter and exit the water safely, have fun in the water by socializing with  peers, and follow water safety rules including Always Swim with a Buddy and Stop, Look and Listen when the Lifeguard Blows the Whistle.

Participation Requirements:
-Be able to interact safely with peers.
-Follow staff directions with moderate prompts.
-Participate appropriately in a 1:3 ratio

Winter 2020 Session Info:

Location:
Providence RECenter - 7525 Marc Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042

Time:
2-3pm

Dates: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, & March 1


Transportation: Not Provided



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Monday Bites

Individuals ages 13-22 with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or Autism Spectrum disorder who in a community setting are:
*Able to interact appropriately with peers with minimal behavior management (redirection, verbal prompts) in a 1:5, 1:6 ratio
*Follow multi-step instructions, ask for assistance and convey feelings/needs appropriately
*Take care of personal care needs with minimal support (verbal cues)
*Remain with the group
*Have an interest in learning how to cook


TRS is excited to announce a new and exciting cooking program that will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:15 p.m. Monday Bites will give youth the opportunity to enhance their cooking skills by learning simple ways to provide meals for themselves and others. This 6-week course will encompass kitchen safety, learning how to follow a recipe, tips and tricks when shopping for ingredients, assembling simple, yet healthy meals, and education on healthy eating.

Registration opens Monday, January 6th.

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Power Soccer

5 and Up


Power Soccer is designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Athletes' disabilities include quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and many others. Power Soccer is hosted in the gymnasium at Irving Middle School. Two teams of four players attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in a skilled and challenging game.  This is a recreational program with a focus on developing skills, team building, and fun.  Opportunities to participate competitively are available as well. For those ages 5 and up who are able to drive their own power wheelchair. Eight week fall and winter sessions meet on Saturdays at Irving Middle school in Springfield, from 9:30-12pm.

For more information, please visit http://novapowersoccer.webs.com or contact Debbie LoCastro at 703.244.0245



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Saturday Voyager

Ages 6-22 (participants must have completed kindergarten)


Saturday Voyager program aims to build participants’ leisure independence by focusing on targeted leisure skill development within the group’s specific areas of interest.  The group will talk about their interests at the beginning of the program and vote on the leisure activities they want to pursue as a group for that session.  For each session the groups will focus on effective communication, teamwork, socialization and goal setting skills.   Participants will engage in activities designed to work towards being more independent in the leisure and recreation activities of their choice.    

Who is a good fit for Saturday Voyager?
Individuals ages 6-22 with high functioning intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or Autism Spectrum disorder who in a community setting are able to:
• Interact appropriately with peers with minimal behavioral management assistance (redirection, verbal prompts) in a 1:5-1:6 ratio
• Follow multi-step instructions, ask for assistance and convey feelings/needs appropriately
• Take care of personal care needs with minimal support (verbal cues)
• Remain with the group

Session Information:
Cost per session of Saturday Voyager: $72

Program Location: Providence Community Center-3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031

Program Dates:
Session 1: October 12*, 19, 26*, November 2, 16, 23, December 7, 14
Registration opens September 12, 2019
        *Program will be off site
          October 12-Providence RECenter-7525 Marc St, Falls Church, VA 22042
          October 26-Pennino Building-12011 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035

Session 2: January 11, 25, February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14
Registration opens December 11, 2019

Program Hours: 2-5pm


Registration begins December 11, 2019 Session Dates: January 11, 25, February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14

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Sports and Fitness

Ages: 16+


Looking to improve your muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility? Want to know more about nutrition and overall well-being? If so, the Sports and Fitness Program is for you. Geared toward participants with developmental disabilities, Sports and Fitness teaches basic skills in a variety of team and individual sports. There are three 8-week sessions during the year at one location in the county. Come on out, play a new sport, practice an old favorite, and stay healthy.

Program Dates:
Session 1: October 16, 23, 30, November 6,13,20, December 4, 11  
Registration begins Monday, September 16, 2019

Session 2: January 8, 15*, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26*
        *January 15 and February 26 will be held off site
Registration begins Monday, December 9, 2019

Session 3: March 18, 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13
Registration begins Wednesday, February 18, 2020

Program Location:
Irving Middle School, 7th Grade Gym Inside Door 3

Program time: 7:30-9pm

Cost per session of Sports and Fitness: $30


Registration opens December 9, 2019 Session Dates: January 8, 15*, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26* *Program will be off site

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Summer Pre-School Mini Camp

2 years - 5 years *not yet completed kindergarten*


TR Preschool Mini Camp is a structured play program for pre-school children ages 2-5 years (not yet completed kindergarten) with disabilities that provides opportunities for fun, friendships, and exploration. Children will participate in activities designed to promote learning, explore stimuli, and introduce and develop new skills. From learning to take turns to imaginative play, come explore the world around you.
Discover. Grow. Learn.

2020 Registration Opens April 1, 2020

Dates: July 13-24 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Transportation Not Provided
Registration Fee: $90.00
Scholarships Available Upon Request

Locations:
TO BE DETERMINED

If your child is NEW to TRS, you will be required to submit a School Entrance Health Form completed and signed by your child’s physician and received by TRS before the first day of camp. To access the form please copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/school_entrance_form/school_entrance_form.pdf

*PLEASE NOTE* The school entrance health form should be signed and dated July 24, 2019 or later.  

You can submit this form to us in one of the following ways:
Mail: 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1050, Fairfax, VA 22035
Fax: 703-653-1375
Email: NCS-TRACERS@fairfaxcounty.gov

We must be in receipt of this form in order for your child to attend camp.
For More Information, Contact Ashley Cunningham @ (703) 324-5214 or at
Ashley.Cunningham@fairfaxcounty.gov



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TRS SUMMER CAMP (For campers ages 13-22)

Campers ages 13-22


SUMMER TIME CALLS FOR FRIENDS, FUN, AND SUMMER CAMP! COME JOIN US AT TRS SUMMER CAMP 2020! The summer will be packed full of special events, art activities, sensory play, games, sports, field trips, and music activities.  All programming is designed to meet the different interests and abilities of the campers.  All camp sites are open to participants with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or attention deficit disorders. Each site will have a variety of staff to participant ratios available to meet the different needs of campers. Ratios range from 1:2 to 1:5 at each site*.
*Note: Participants who require a constant 1:1, may need more support than this camp structure can provide. If you are unsure if your son/daughter will be successful in the program, please call the main TRS office to discuss eligibility.

TRS Summer Camp 2020 registration is scheduled to open April 1, 2020.

*PLEASE NOTE* Space for camp is limited and enrollment is subject to availability.

TRS Summer Camp 2020 Weeks:
Week 1: June 29 - July 2 (NO CAMP July 3rd)
Week 2: July 6 - July 10
Week 3: July 13 - July 17
Week 4: July 20 - July 24
Week 5: July 27 - July 31
Week 6: August 3 - August 6 (NO CAMP August 7th)

*Secondary School ESY dates/bell schedule runs parallel to TRS weeks 1-4, individuals will be unable to attend both programs during these weeks

Summer camp is $80/week (2020 Fees. Camp fees are subject to change).  Fee variances and scholarships are available for those that qualify.  

TRS Summer Camp 2020 Locations
(Note: if you choose to utilize TRS transportation, your child will be assigned a site when their registration is processed. If you are providing transportation for your camper, you will be given the choice of which camp site you would like to request)

FOR CAMPERS AGES 5-12 (Sites subject to change):
TBD

FOR CAMPERS AGES 13-22 (Sites subject to change):
TBD

Summer Camp hours are 10am-3pm.  Transportation to and/or from camp is an available option through the registration process. We do provide an early morning drop off option that begins at 8:30am, however, to utilize early morning drop off, parents must transport their children to the site.

*NEW* as of March 2018, TRS Elementary aged camps will no longer require health and immunization records to be on file as part of their registration process.



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TRS SUMMER CAMP (For campers ages 5-12 *5 year olds must have completed Kindergarten*)

For ages 5-12


SUMMER TIME CALLS FOR FRIENDS, FUN, AND SUMMER CAMP! COME JOIN US AT TRS SUMMER CAMP 2020! The summer will be packed full of special events, art activities, sensory play, games, sports, field trips, and music activities.  All programming is designed to meet the different interests and abilities of the campers.  All camp sites are open to participants with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or attention deficit disorders. Each site will have a variety of staff to participant ratios available to meet the different needs of campers. Ratios range from 1:2 to 1:5 at each site*.
*Note: Participants who require a constant 1:1, may need more support than this camp structure can provide. If you are unsure if your son/daughter will be successful in the program, please call the main TRS office to discuss eligibility.

TRS Summer Camp 2020 registration is scheduled to open April 1, 2020.

*PLEASE NOTE* Space for camp is limited and enrollment is subject to availability.

TRS Summer Camp 2020 Weeks:
Week 1: June 29 - July 2 (NO CAMP July 3rd)
Week 2: July 6 - July 10
Week 3: July 13 - July 17
Week 4: July 20 - July 24
Week 5: July 27 - July 31
Week 6: August 3 - August 6 (NO CAMP August 7th)

*Secondary School ESY dates/bell schedule runs parallel to TRS weeks 1-4, individuals will be unable to attend both programs during these weeks

Summer camp is $80/week (2020 Fees. Camp fees are subject to change).  Fee variances and scholarships are available for those that qualify.  

TRS Summer Camp 2020 Locations
(Note: if you choose to utilize TRS transportation, your child will be assigned a site when their registration is processed. If you are providing transportation for your camper, you will be given the choice of which camp site you would like to request)

FOR CAMPERS AGES 5-12 (Sites subject to change):
TBD

FOR CAMPERS AGES 13-22 (Sites subject to change):
TBD

Summer Camp hours are 10am-3pm.  Transportation to and/or from camp is an available option through the registration process. We do provide an early morning drop off option that begins at 8:30am, however, to utilize early morning drop off, parents must transport their children to the site.

*NEW* as of March 2018, TRS Elementary aged camps will no longer require health and immunization records to be on file as part of their registration process.



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JPMF Splash Camp

Ages 5-22


The JPMF Splash Mini Day Winter Break Camps are a water skills and safety program that teaches children with disabilities how to be safe and have fun in and around the water. The program is based on five water safety rules developed specifically for children with disabilities. The program includes pool time, games and crafts that revolve around the following important water safety rules. Always Swim with a Buddy, No Running, No Pushing, Stop, Look and Listen- when the lifeguard blows the whistle, Blow Bubbles When Under Water, and Put Feet Down and Stand Up When in Trouble.

Participants must be able to:
-              interact safely with peers
-              follow staff directions with moderate prompts
-              be willing to try a variety of activities and
-              participate appropriately in a 1:3 ratio

Mini Camp Dates:
Day 1 - December 23, 2019 (registration opens Dec 2)
Day 2 - December 27, 2019 (registration opens Dec 3)
Day 3 - December 30, 2019 (registration opens Dec 4)
Day 4 - January 3, 2020 (registration opens Dec 5)

Location: Lee District RECenter - 6601 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA 22310

Time: 10am- 2pm

Cost of Camp: $15 per day

Transportation- not provided



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S.M.I.L.E

Saturday Morning Integrated Leisure Experience
Ages: 2-5 (Preschool)


The S.M.I.L.E. program is an integrated play program for children with and without disabilities. From the "Good-Morning Song" to the "Good-Bye Song", children can participate in a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, sports, group games, and more! S.M.I.L.E. encourages appropriate social and behavioral interactions in a structured play environment. S.M.I.L.E. operates on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm at the Reston Teen Center during the fall, winter, and spring. Program cost is $96.00 per session, scholarships are available. Please call the TRS main line (703-324-5532, TTY 711) for more information.

Reston Teen Center (12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston VA)

Session 1: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 16, 23, December 7, 14
Registration opens September 12, 2019

Session 2: January 11, 25, February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14
Registration opens December 11, 2019

Cost per session of S.M.I.L.E.: $96 (includes all 8 session dates), scholarships are available

Program Hours: 10am-1pm



Registration begins December 11, 2019 Session Dates: January 11, 25, February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14

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Saturday Discovery

Ages: 6-22  (must have completed kindergarten)


Saturday Discovery provides individuals the opportunity to discover their leisure interests by exploring various leisure options such as arts, sports, sensory, dance, and music, all adapted to meet their individual needs in a structured environment.  In this newly designed, lower ratio program (1:2/1:3) staff will be able to provide the level of support needed for each participant to be successful. Participants need to bring a packed lunch.

Participation requirements
Saturday Discovery Participants must:
-              Be able to interact safely with peers
-              Follow staff directions with moderate prompts
-              Be willing to try a variety of activities and
-              Participate appropriately in a 1:2-1:3 staff to participant ratio

Note: participants who are currently exhibiting frequent aggressive behaviors that are deemed harmful or injurious to others or who require a 1:1 for extended periods of time may need more support than the Saturday Discovery program is designed to provide.  If you are unsure if your son/daughter will be successful in this program, please call the main TRS offices and an initial eligibility assessment can be conducted.  TRS understands that behaviors change over time therefore reevaluation for program placement is available on a semi-annual basis.

Locations:
Kilmer Center (8102 Wolftrap Rd Vienna, VA 22182)
Key Center (6404 Franconia Rd Springfield, VA 22150)
Greenbriar West ES (13300 Poplar Tree Rd Fairfax, VA 22033)

Session Information:
Cost per session of Saturday Discovery: $72

Program Dates:
Session 1: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 16, 23, December 7, 14
Registration opens September 12, 2019

Session 2: January 11, 25, February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14
Registration opens December 11, 2019

Program Hours: 10am-1pm


Registration begins December 11, 2019 Session Dates: January 11, 25, February 1, 8, 22, 29, March 7, 14

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Wheelchair Sports

Ages: 4-22 (must still be enrolled in high school)


Fairfax Falcons wheelchair sports program is a dynamic team of athletes that provide children and adolescents ages 4 to 22 with a wide range of lower extremity disability, such as paralysis, amputation, radiological evidence of limb shortening, spina bifida, a spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy, with a wide variety of sports experiences, teamwork, social skills, and fitness skills.While all our athletes compete in wheelchairs, not all athletes use wheelchairs outside of sports. The program is open to Fairfax County and non-county residents.  Fairfax Falcons compete in tournaments with players from up and down the East Coast. No worries if you’re new to wheelchair sports; there are different skill levels to include all players. Wheelchair Sports and Fitness meets year-round on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at James Lee Community Center in Falls Church. Wheelchair sports offers skill development in many sports including track and field, tennis, basketball and golf. Athletes compete in wheelchairs for most sports, however not all athletes use wheelchairs outside of sports.  All players must be able to push their own wheelchair. For more information call 703-324-5532, TTY 711

Levels of Play
• Novice - Athletes ages 8 and under, focus on development of chair skills, communication, and ball handling
• Prep - Athletes 13 and under
• Varsity - Athletes 22 and under

Practices are on Saturdays from 9-11 am (Varsity/Junior Varsity team) and 10-Noon (Prep team) at the James Lee Community Center.

*2019-2020 Season Registration OPENS August 1, 2019


Registration Opens August 1st, 2018

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Contact Us

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services
Therapeutic Recreation Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1050
Fairfax, VA 22035-1115
703-324-5532,
TTY 711
Fax: 703-653-1375

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