Programs



Adaptive Athlete with All Level Crossfit

The All Levels Adaptive Athlete class is a place where everyone belongs. It models inclusion, acceptance, and partnership for people of ALL abilities. Using CrossFit we focus on promoting physical and mental fitness, as well as the integration of all our athletes. Our coaches make workouts fun, challenging, and scalable for every fitness level. Our goal is to highlight each athlete’s abilities, and how working as a team can be beneficial to achieving our own personal fitness goals.

Classes are run 2 times per week. For more information on how to join, fees, or just to come out and visit a class please contact us here.

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Let's Talk: Classroom Visit

As part of our mission to educate the community and share our experiences with Down syndrome, the Chasing Hazel Foundation, has in the past and is willing to visit any classroom (any grade level), college or university lectures, offices, or anywhere you feel our message would be beneficial in creating compassion and understanding about living with a disability.

Through sharing our own experiences as well as researched information (sources listed below), we will strive to be a resource to our community in any way we can, to help spread the message of each individuals worth. We want to open the conversation about that which makes us different, and recognize that that is an important element in helping us to understand and accept each other for who we are.

If you would like to schedule a visit please send us a message through our contact page here.

Sources:

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society

 

Communication Group (New!)

Below is the information about the brand new resources the Chasing Hazel Foundation & participating Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) are introducing to aid children with Down syndrome in areas of communication, social interaction, and speech/language development. Parents will be involved in the planning on an individual basis and given some tools and activities to practice in their daily routine.

Details below:
6 weeks of group sessions – 1 per week – 1 hour group
Times: TBA
Dates: TBA
Location:TBA
Present at each session:
  • 4 children, ages will vary depending on the session requirements, and their parent(s)
  • 2 Speech and Language Pathologists
Each session offers:
  • Structured activities and exercises that encourage and promote communication with each other under the direct guidance and instruction of an SLP
  • Opportunity to break off into smaller groups if necessary for your child on an individual basis
  • We will take PRE and POST group measurements with information gathered from parents using surveys of parents perception to determine each child’s progress
  • Easy homework each week for parents to carry out in their environment.
Info Gathering:

The SLPs will be doing the intake information over a 30 min phone interview PRIOR to the first session, with each of the parents participating in the group therapy session. This will be the time they collect entry level data on your child, as well as give you an opportunity to speak to them about questions, concerns, or goals you may have in mind for your child.

Please contact us here to have an application for your child/person with Down syndrome sent to you.

*Waiting list should be expected.

 

 

Play Group

We offer a playgroup session – “Off to College” Playgroup – to young families that have children with Down syndrome from ages 0-12. It’s a group where there is a focus on socialization for the children AND the parents. A place to form relationships while the children explore and learn in a child friendly environment, while being supervised and entertained by very capable student volunteers.

We provide snacks and small meals to facilitate the sense of community and sharing. The play groups include the child with Down syndrome as well as any siblings in hopes of making it an integrated and inclusive environment. Providing ample opportunity for peer modelling which is known to aid in the development of children with Down syndrome.

To join us at our next playgroup, join our Facebook page here, or contact us here.

 

How We Support Families

Children with Down syndrome can be born with various medical issues that require surgery or intervention of some kind. This is a huge emotional and financial burden on the families involved. We offer two options to assist families in need:

Financial Assistance

The Chasing Hazel Foundation provides financial support to families who need assistance with certain Down syndrome-related expenses. Funds are reimbursed. Please see the attached application for instructions and eligibility requirements. For more information or to apply contact us here.

Comfort Packages

We provide health related supportive services or products which may include providing extra comfort items to cope with hospitalization or a health condition associated with Down syndrome. It may also include reimbursement of extensive costs of travel. For more information or to apply for yourself or refer someone you know, contact us here.