Kate contemplates the pool.
Recently, Kate took part in a program called Making Waves. It is a non-profit organization, run through Dalhousie Medical School, that provides one-on-one swimming instruction to children with disabilities. Each child that is registered is paired with a medical student to receive their lesson.
I was thrilled to hear about the program from Kate's OT and I am even happier to report that Kate loved it! I had visions of meltdowns due to the sensory issues involved but with help she quickly acclimated to her instructor and had a wonderful time. I cannot post too many pictures to ensure the privacy of the other participants but let me tell you; it would warm your heart to have seen how much fun the children were having. It is programs like this that allow all children the same experiences that so many of us take for granted.
Today's success has motivated us even more to continue to raise money to hold GoTeamKate events that offer sensory-friendly options for any child that might benefit.
Our shop has been open for about a week and we are thrilled with the response. I hope when you wear your t-shirt or drink from your mug that is sparks a conversation that moves us forward in educating the community at large. The royalties are small but the impact is huge! All proceeds will go towards holding our first GoTeamKate event.
We are hoping to offer a sensory-friendly screening of a children's movie. The price tag to rent the theatre is steep and we would have to guarantee 100 guests. No word yet on whether the company can offer the screening on their end. I hope to hear back from someone soon. The other event we are thinking about is a special needs yoga class. I have contacted a local yoga studio but have yet to receive a response. Any local GoTeamKate readers out there have a Yoga connection? At any rate, stay tuned.
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)