Exercise and physical activity helps our participants to reach their potential, both physically and mentally. Indoor or outdoor activities take place within a normal environment. Many of our activities include swimming, dance therapy and other aerobic activities. The use of the WII system allows all of our participants to have friendly games against each other and staff. Visual and tactile techniques are used when giving individuals instructions on how to do something they’ve never done before. Staff uses the same rules and strategies they would for a person without a developmental disability whenever they can. This allows our participants to perform physical activities as independently as possible. Support and assistance is provided when needed, but still allows individuals plenty of opportunities for personal growth.
The participants of Harmony love to be able to go on the nature walk trail outside of our building. These nature walks give individuals the opportunity to be out in the open air while learning more about the world around them. Scavenger hunts encourage them to find and identify things in nature; plants, insects, trees, birds and other wildlife. Some of the outdoor recreational activities that we offer during weather permitting days include swimming, gardening, exploring the different parks around us, playing bocce and shuffle board, playing baseball or having our own outdoor summer Olympics. These activities offer our participants a way to socialize outside of their homes. For many, being part of a group is not only emotionally satisfying, but it also allows them to share a part of themselves with others.