Programs

FAR uses the term arts and recreation therapy to encompass four kinds of therapy:

Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy and Recreation Therapy.  The following are the definitions for each of these therapies are provided by their respective professional associations.

Individual Therapy Sessions

Music Therapy

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Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

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AMERICAN MUSIC THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Group music sessions are free if private music therapy is taken thanks to a generous grant from the Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation.

Music therapists are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree and be Board Certified.

Group music sessions are free if private music therapy is taken thanks to a generous grant from the Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation.

Ask a therapist if this program is right for you.

Art Therapy

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Art Therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development.

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AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Art Therapy is currently provided as private sessions only. No Art Therapy groups are available at this time

Art therapists are required to have a Master’s Degree.

Ask a therapist if this program is right for you.

Dance/Movement Therapy

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Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to

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further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.

AMERICAN DANCE THERAPY ASSOCIATION

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Recreation Therapy

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Recreational Therapy means a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.

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AMERICAN THERAPEUTIC RECREATION ASSOCIATION

Recreational therapists are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree and be Board Certified.

FAR offers a variety of recreational group programs that help participants develop a wide array of social, physical and mental skills in safe, fun settings.

Leisure Programs

Ask a therapist if this program is right for you.

Group Therapy Sessions

Music Therapy

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FAR Fusion Band with Ms. Kirsten
Mondays 5:30-6:30

Enjoy singing and playing current and classic pop music from the radio?  The FAR Fusion band might be for you!  We sing and perform some of the band member's favorite songs, including Classic Rock, Country, Pop, and more!  Band members sing, drum, play the keyboard, guitar, and other percussion to help bring the music from the radio to life!

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Prerequisites:  Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 16 and older.

Rhythm Crew  with Ms. Christine
Mondays 5:30-6:15

This is an entry-level group experience focusing on rhythm to facilitate peer engagement and self-expression.

Prerequisites:  Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 10 to 15 years.

Chime In with Ms. Kirsten
Tuesdays 4:30-5:30

This group is for those who love making music with others using hand chimes and other instruments. The group members choose their own repertoire including Pop, Classic Rock, Broadway, Disney, Country, and more!

Prerequisites:  Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 18 and older.

Treble Tones with Ms. Renae
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00

Treble Tones is a choral group that explores all types of repertoire, including Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Country, Oldies, and more!  Treble Tones focuses on building the confidence of your own voice and singing with others in a choral group.  Vocal technique including tone, vowel shape, placement of sound, active listening, and singing in parts is also explored.

Prerequisites:  Must be able to follow directions, read at a  basic level, interact well with peers, and demonstrate pitch matching. Age 16 and older.

Music Connections with Ms. Susan
Tuesdays 5:30-6:15

Music Connections is designed for young adults who would benefit from increased opportunities for socialization.  At each session, group members take turns choosing musical activities for the group to engage. These activities may include singing, playing various percussion instruments, and movement.

Prerequisites:  Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 16 and older.

Spotlight Theatre with Ms. Grace
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30

This group explores global development through all aspects of the theater, including acting technique, script reading, utilization of props, and vocal work. Goals for this group include gaining knowledge in theater topics, improving social skills, and working cooperatively toward performance.

Prerequisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 14 and older.

Circle Of Friends
Thursdays 5:30-6:15

Created specifically for children, this group reinforces academic readiness while supporting peer to peer strategies using a variety of music-related experiences including instrument playing, creative movement, singing and more.

Prerequisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow 1-step directions, and demonstrate safety awareness. Age 4 to 8 years.

Footlight Fun with Ms. Renae
Thursdays 5:30-6:15

This group is an introduction to the theater focusing on acting, staging, and peer engagement in an interactive, hands-on format. Goals for this group include gaining confidence, self-awareness, and improvisation skills.

Prerequisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 8 to 13 years.

Friends with Rhythm with Ms. Liz
Wednesdays 5:30-6:15.

This group is designed for adults who love music and want to have fun making music in a group setting.  Participants will explore different percussion instruments, sing and move to the music.

Prerequisites:  No prior musical experience is needed. Group members must be able to take turns and function as a part of a group. Age 18 and older.

Phat Beats with Mr.Brad
Thursdays 5:30-6:30

This group provides a social atmosphere for teens and young adults to engage in music-making with peers focusing heavily on percussion-based music exploration. Group members will explore a variety of instruments and electronic music-making applications. This is a performance-oriented group.

Prerequisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 16 and older.

Dance Movement Therapy

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Teen Yoga with Ms. Kaity
Mondays 5:30-6:30

Are you ready to learn the fundamentals of yoga, work up a sweat, and connect with friends in a meaningful way? Then FAR’s Teen Yoga Club is the group for you! This group explores the strength, flexibility, focus, and breath-work required for successful yoga practice.
Prerequisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 16 and older.

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Parent/Child Ballroom Dance with Ms. Kaity
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00

Do you want an opportunity to learn the basics of ballroom dance technique while spending quality time with your child? FAR’s Parent/Child ballroom class is the perfect group for you! In this group, you will have the opportunity to learn the techniques required for ballroom dance styles such as waltz, foxtrot, swing, jive, and line dancing, to name a few. Come bond with your child in a creative and fun atmosphere while connecting with other families.
Prerequisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow one-step directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 10 and older.

Recreation Therapy

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Social Connections Ms Samantha and Ms. Kelsy
Tuesdays 6:00-7:30

FAR’s Social Connections group provides a positive social experience for individuals to build healthy relationships with peers. Social Connections builds appropriate social skills through games, arts and crafts, and community outings.  

Prerequisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 18 and older.

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Fitness Exploration with Ms. Danielle
Thursdays 5:00-5:45

Want to meet friends and get fit? Want to learn fun ways to stay fit and active? This group participates in various gross motor, physical endurance, strengthening, and range of motion exercises to improve overall health and wellbeing. Exercises will be paired with fast pace music to keep up the energy!

Pre-requisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow one-step directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 18 and older.

Walk About with Ms. Danielle.
Thursdays 5:45-6:30

“Now walk it out”! Join this group to explore the outdoors and get fit! This group will participate in a slow to moderate pace walk for an increase in physical activity and endurance. Walking will take place around FAR and will be outdoors when weather permits. Participants will learn about community safety while walking and engage socially with peers.

Pre-requisites: Must be able to walk independently with stand by assistance, follow one-step directions, interact well with peers, and make safe choices in the community with generalized supervision. Age 18 and older.

Sports

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Bowling with Ms. Kelsy
Thursdays 4:30-6:00

Want to make new friends and be part of a team?  Come bowl with us. FAR’s bowling team is a great way for individuals to socialize with peers while working on hand-eye coordination, balance, and strength. This group meets at Hartfield Lanes in Berkley.

Prerequisites: Must be able to communicate (verbally or with adaptive devices), follow directions, take turns, interact well with peers, and make safe choices. Age 14 and older.

Camps

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Each Summer, FAR offers a number of great options for therapeutic fun, including:

Camp Sing Out

  • Ages 14 & up
  • July 6-17, 2020

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Where All Abilities Shine: Camp Sing Out is a musical theater inclusion camp for teens and young adults. Campers are matched with a theater buddy (student volunteers  and rotate among music, dialogue and choreography groups. Campers participate in an adapted performance and a cast party for all on the last day. This camp has filled up every year.

 Camp FAR Out

  • Ages 6-18
  • July 27-August 7, 2020

Camp FAR Out is a two-week inclusion creative arts camp. All groups, along with their counselors, rotate among fun-filled therapeutic activity sessions including music, art, recreation and movement. To cap off all our wonderful activities, we will have a public performance on the last day for friends and family to enjoy.

FAR Explorers

 Week 1: August 10-12, 2020

  • Week 2: August 17-19, 2020
  • Ages 16 or older.

FAR Explorers is 3 or 6 days of outings that provides participants an chance to venture out into the community. Supervised by a Recreation Therapist participants will learn, discover and socialize with peers.

Ask a therapist if this program is right for you.

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