The Barn achieves its mission through three main programs: Individual Programs, Camp Geronimo and Educational Field Trips. Every year The Barn also offers several events geared to local families who have children with disabilities. These include an Autumn Festival, Spring & Summer Socialization Events and ‘Pancakes with Santa’. In addition, The Barn provides parent support in the form of seminars and mutual support groups and as well as a lending library of resources for children with special needs.
Individual Programs: One-on-one programs are offered to children on a weekly basis. Children visit The Barn once a week for twelve-week sessions to work individually with an experienced volunteer. The Barn’s staff develops a Barn Activity Plan to help set goals and track the child’s improvements over time. Parents/Guardians are involved in the goal-setting process so we can best understand each child’s capabilities and needs and determine how The Barn can complement any existing therapy or education.
Camp Geronimo: The Barn offers children a unique summer camp experience – an opportunity to have fun in a safe, secure setting while learning new skills that address their specific needs. At present, we offer six one-week sessions. All are run by a certified Physical Therapist with expertise in adaptive recreational therapy. A one-to-one ratio of counselors to campers allows children with a range of abilities to participate in summer camp.
Educational Field Trips: The Barn offers educational field trips to groups of students from local schools and programs serving children with special needs. Each group brings their own counselors and aides and sets goals in conjunction with the Barn’s staff. Children, parents and staff participating in these field trips are often amazed at the extent of hands-on interaction involved.