(CHATHAM, ONTARIO) – The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTC-CK) received a donation of much needed equipment from Plasman that will benefit two areas of programming: The Rad Riders Bike Camp and School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS).
The Rad Riders Bike Camp will receive a Go Glider bike, Balance Bike and Scooter, which will be added to the camps for 2023. Rad Rider camps runs each summer, helping to educate kids about community bike safety, as well as work on pedaling, steering, and gaining confidence on a bike.
“The balance bikes and scooter will give many kids the opportunity and confidence to learn to bike,” explained Gillian Hueniken, Registered Physiotherapist. “This also helps families decide on purchasing bikes for home. As a youth learns to ride, it opens it up for families to participate in an activity together.”
SBRS will receive four Zuma Rocker Chairs and one Hokki stool. The Zuma Rocker chairs are specially built to look like a traditional classroom chair but have cantilever legs that allow for a gentle rocking motion while seated. The chairs support static sitting, while also providing opportunities for movement while in a seated position, ideal for children who have sensory and muscle tone needs. The Hokki stool works in a similar fashion, allowing children to remain seated while providing a safe and stable means for movement.
“This donation allows us to trial specialized seating in the classroom,” shares Ally McKinlay, Occupational Therapist. “It provides an opportunity to make sure it is the right chair for the child to support their classroom engagement.”
Plasman approached the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation this past fall, looking to support identified areas of need. The equipment supported was based on a collaborative discussion between CTC-CK clinicians and members of Plasman.
“At Plasman we are committed to our community partnerships by providing support in creating safe and healthy environments like the Chatham-Kent Children’s Centre to promote a sustainable future for children,” explained Tim Berezowski, North American President, Plasman. “We are proud to continue to help assist the communities in which Plasman lives and works.”