Inclusive Playspace: LEAF Expansion Phase 1

Inclusive Playspace: LEAF Expansion Phase 1

From Whitney King

We are raising funds to create a safe and inclusive play space for children with intellectual, developmental, and mental health conditions.

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Update #2

12 days ago

As you know, we are still fundraising for the inclusive playspace. In the meantime, we wanted to share information about our newest program Little Sprouts Social Group. Little Sprouts Social Group is designed to encourage language development and social interactions through play. Participants, ages 3-6, will improve social skills awareness, problem solving, life skills, & more. The social skills group is facilitated by the wonderful Shamika Godbold, BCaBA and she will have an RBT with her to assist each session.
Sessions are held every other Saturday starting June 19. As a bonus, parents will have the opportunity to sit with a behavior consultant and learn strategies for how to support their child at home & gain access to a private Facebook community to meet other parents across the globe. Register today as there are only 6 slots left!
Visit www.learnwithleaf.com and join us at 5705 Thurston Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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Over the last ten years, I have gladly dedicated myself to providing educational opportunities to families impacted by intellectual, developmental, and mental health conditions. I have served as a Direct Support Professional in group homes, a Special Education Teacher, and now a Behavior Specialist. These opportunities have compromised of face to face modeling techniques or redirecting challenging behavior issues, increasing activities of daily living skills, and even assisting with navigating the IEP process. 

From time to time, I have had the opportunity to accompany a family to the park. Although many play spaces try hard, they simply aren’t inclusive. With your support, we can change that. Our goal is to create a safe inclusive play space for children and adolescents with all abilities. A fundamental part of a child’s development is the ability to participate in physical, social, and emotional play. However, play can be limited for children with certain disabilities because of environmental barriers, especially on the playground. Children with disabilities may feel excluded because they cannot use play environments. 

Inclusive, accessible playgrounds address the obstacles that the physical environment can pose for children with disabilities and promote not only physical activity on the playground but also social play. Your support will help LEAF ensure that the children and youth with disabilities in our community have access to a play space that meets their needs and allows them to participate in physical play with their peers with and without disabilities.  

With a donation from you, we can provide:

-Safe inclusive place space for children with various abilities & sensory needs

-Consistent Support for families

-Ongoing Professional development for team members 

-Year round availability for children

-Parental Support

Consider making an IMPACT today and donate towards a cause greater than us all!

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Whitney King posted a new update:
12 days ago

Update #2

As you know, we are still fundraising for the inclusive playspace. In the meantime, we wanted to share information about our newest program Little Sprouts Social Group. Little Sprouts Social Group is designed to encourage language development and social interactions through play. Participants, ages 3-6, will improve social skills awareness, problem solving, life skills, & more. The social skills group is facilitated by the wonderful Shamika Godbold, BCaBA and she will have an RBT with her to assist each session.
Sessions are held every other Saturday starting June 19. As a bonus, parents will have the opportunity to sit with a behavior consultant and learn strategies for how to support their child at home & gain access to a private Facebook community to meet other parents across the globe. Register today as there are only 6 slots left!
Visit www.learnwithleaf.com and join us at 5705 Thurston Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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Whitney King posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

Are you aware of the cognitive benefits of play? Playful behavior has very positive effects on the brain, on a child’s ability to learn, and functions as a crucial mode for learning. Every day, children around the world engage in pretend play that simulates various sorts of activities they will need to master as adults, which suggests play is a form of practice.

This month, you can aid in our efforts of raising funds to create an inclusive playspace by purchasing a toy from our online toy store. All proceeds from your purchase will go towards the fundraiser. The child in your life will thank you and the families who benefit from this playspace will forever be grateful! Visit the website today to purchase your toy items www.learnwithleaf.com

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