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Yoga Now Used To Help Treat ASD January 30, 2012

Anyone who has ever tried yoga knows that its benefits are many and varied. But few people know that yoga can do more for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), in particular, children.

Originating in Hong Kong in the Autism Partnership School, several yoga schools around the world, including the USA and Canada, have started using yoga to assist children with ASD and have noticed dramatic improvements in various areas of their lives.

One of the biggest ways the yoga seems to help is the consistency of the practice. The children arrive the same time to the same room every week and were given the same instructor(s) for each class and practice a consistent routine.

The muted tones of yoga also play a huge role in the success of the programs. Since many of those with ASD suffer from hypersensitive nerves and over stimulation, the neutral colours, soft music and voices, dim lights, and gentle movements are a welcome reprieve from the chaos of the everyday world.

But the benefits of a weekly yoga routine extend beyond the yoga mat into the real world as well. Yoga improves their motor skills, develops self-awareness, and helps both the children and their parents learn coping techniques, such as deep breathing, to use in stressful situations. It also helps improve social skills and confidence by teaching self-control and self-calming.

Though still a very new practice, the idea of teaching ASD children yoga is starting to rise as more and more parents turn to natural method the ease their children’s discomfort. Who knew a simple sun salutation could have such a huge influence on the life of a child?

For more information on ASD children and yoga, please visit www.mindbodygreen.com or contact us by phone at 807-274-5556 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bingo Night at CLFFD January 19, 2012

Community Living Fort Frances and District held its first Bingo Night on January 13, 2012 from 3pm to 5pm in the Technology Room.

Hosted through Transitional Services and lead by Developmental Services Worker student Jackie Millet, there were a total of six players in attendance. Cliff Hatfield, Vanessa Morrison, Paul Belluz, Jerry Zub, Harold Ogier, and Janet Stamler all enjoyed the two hour gameplay with Janet scoring both the first and second wins of the evening.

By the end of the game, everyone had won something and all of the prizes were gone.

The night a success, Transitional Services is hoping to host more Bingo Nights in the future, with aims to start in the next month or so.

For more information, please contact us at 807-274-5556 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Music Camp Fun and Rhythm August 23, 2011

With the beat of the drum and the wind in their hair, Community Living Fort Frances and District’s clients engaged in a music camp from August 15th to the 22nd held at Pither’s Point Park.

Robyn Dennis, CLFFD’s clinical access coordinator, organized the camp through Carson Webber and his band. They brought instruments of all kinds to the park, from large drums and snare drums to smaller handheld drums. There were also lots of handheld instruments such as tambourines, maracas, and rhythm sticks.

Webber and his group also set up recording equipment to record the sounds that the music camp made during each session. On the final day of camp, the musicians and teachers held a demonstration and showed a DVD Webber’s crew had made of the camp portraying the campers’ music.

Fun was had by all and Dennis hopes to make this camp and annual event for the clients to enjoy.

For more information, please contact Robyn Dennis at (807) 274-5556 ext. 232 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CLFFD in Aviva Contest. Vote Now! October 4, 2011

Sunny Cove has been a part of Community Living Fort Frances and District for over 30 years now and we want to see it last for at least 30 years more.

That’s why CLFFD has entered the Aviva Community Fund contest to secure funding for Sunny Cove Camp in 2012. And we need your vote now.

For the past three years, Aviva Insurance has set aside $1 million for non-profit organizations that come up with ideas to bring their community together and illicit good change in their respective areas. The associations post their ideas online and gather votes. The ones with the most votes receive money to make their plans come to fruition.

Since the late 1970’s, CLFFD has brought its clients up to Sunny Cove Camp to give them an experience of camping that they normally wouldn’t be able to have. Most of our clients don’t have the means or the ability to camp on their own and this way they are able to have a week of fun away from home with friends.

Though the camp started out just for the intellectually disabled people of Fort Frances, it has since expanded to include people from all over Northwestern Ontario and from Northern Minnesota. Groups come from Atikokan, Sioux Lookout, and International Falls to enjoy the splendors of Sunny Cove Camp.

The week offers opportunities for our clients to take part in outdoor activities such as swimming, t-ball, and horseshoes, as well as indoor activities such as crafts, interactive music sessions, bingo and other games, and catching up with friends they haven’t seen in since the last district wide event. There are also larger events planned for the clients to enjoy, depending on the theme of the year. One year saw a Powwow happen and other years have had different bands come for social dances.

The service users that attend Sunny Cove look forward to it with great anticipation every year as the big celebratory end to their summer. It brings together members from all over the district, not just clients but volunteers and family members as well. All involved hope to see the week at Sunny Cove Camp happen for many more years to come.

To show your support for our week at Sunny Cove, please vote for us at www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf10980.

For more information, please visit www.avivacommunityfund.org or contact us at 807-274-5556 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunny Cove Camp August 16, 2011

On August 16, 2011, Community Living Fort Frances and District held a day at Sunny Cove Camp, with great success and beautiful weather.

Campers came from all over Northwestern Ontario and from International Falls in the USA to partake in the activities CLFFD had planned. With only about an hour of rain in the whole day, visitors had a multitude of games and projects to join in.

Alongside the outdoor activities, such as swimming and volleyball, there were great indoor activities like crafts and music. For crafts, campers were able to paint their own terra cotta pot for growing plants. A local musician and his partner brought their instruments and invited everyone to join in making songs in an interpretive music session.

There were snacks and huge meals to fill the day with great food and to top it all off, the day was finished with a 60’s themed dance. Campers were given peace signs to wear, flowers for their hair, and removable tattoos.

With that much fun packed into one day, visitors are all excited to see what next year’s camp will bring.

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