Programs

Programs

FAR uses the term arts and recreation therapy to encompass four kinds of therapy: Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance Therapy and Recreation Therapy.  The following are the definitions for each of these therapies are provided by their respective professional associations.

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.

Tier 1: Beginning to Make Music

These entry-level groups introduce participants to music making and are designed around basic music and social aptitudes.  Participants learn to make their own musical contributions and to respect the contributions of others.  These groups build on the therapeutic value of music such as rhythm, melody, tempo and intensity.

Prerequisites: A recommendation from a therapist is required.  Participants must also have an emerging social awareness and recognition of personal space.

Tier 2: Making Music Together

These groups challenge clients to go to the next level in all areas of personal growth, including cooperative work with others, problem solving, learning new material, focusing attention, and of course, expanding music-based aptitudes.

Prerequisites: A recommendation from a therapist is required.  Participants must also have the ability to follow basic directions, remain focused on work, take-turns, and engage socially at a basic level.

Tier 3: Making Music for Others

These groups prepare participants whose musical abilities are advancing to perform for others.  Most performers at FAR events are drawn from this Tier.

Prerequisites: A recommendation from a therapist is required.  Participants must also exhibit general maturity, safety awareness, dependability, and commitment to the group.  They must also be able to accommodate extra rehearsals, which are often scheduled in addition to weekly session times prior to performances.

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.

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

Ballroom Dance

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church Birmingham,  1669 W Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009 (map)

Description TBD

Prerequisites: None

Ask a therapist if this program is right for you.

Latin Aerobics

Ages 16 and up

Thursdays 5-6 PM, with Ms. Kandice

First Presbyterian Church Birmingham, 1669 W Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009 (map)

This group creates a fun environment where participants enjoy the steps and fun of Latin-style aerobics with a comfortable pace.

Prerequisites: None

Ask a therapist if this program is right for you.

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

Sports

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Ages 14 and up

Saturdays from 3:00-4:45 PM with Mr. Matthew

John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd., Royal Oak, MI 48073 (MAP)

Be part of the team! Michigan FAR Flyers special hockey is dedicated to the development and enjoyment of hockey for

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developmentally or physically challenged athletes of all skill levels. The Michigan FAR Flyers team consists of players and volunteers and plays teams locally and in out-of-state tournaments. The FAR Flyers are members of:

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HOCKEY

 

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Prerequisites: None

BOWLINGFAR-Bowling

Ages 18 and up

Thursdays 4:30-6:00 PM with Ms. Lindsay

Hartfield Lanes, 3490 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072 (MAP)

Bowling is a great way to encourage social opportunities and increased physical activity year-round.

Prerequisites: None

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ASK A THERAPIST if this program is right for you.

Camps

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LOOK FOR 2018 REGISTRATION FORMS IN MARCH 2018

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

Camp Sing Out

  • Ages 12-25
  • July 9-20, 2018
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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 Sing Out Information

Camp Sing Out Volunteer Flyer

Camp FAR Out

  • Ages 3-16
  • July 30-August 10, 2018

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.

Camp FAR Out Information

Camp FAR Out Volunteer Flyer

FAR Explorers

  • Week 1: August 13-15, 2018
  • Week 2: August 20-22, 2018
  • 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.

FAR Explorers Information

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