Pacekids Programs is a Calgary charity (established in 1994) that provides education and therapy programs tailored for infants and children with special needs (i.e. conditions such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism and motor disabilities) and their families. The programs are family-focused and address a broad spectrum of needs, from individual therapy to structured programs like preschool and kindergarten. So often, children with special needs have intellect and abilities that are hidden by their difficulties to communicate or demonstrate. The right combination of support and encouragement can draw out a child’s potential and build on their other abilities. Pacekids helps kids with special needs discover their hidden potential.
Pacekids Programs is family focused and strives for excellence in the therapy, education and family empowerment of children with special needs.
My son Ryder stared attending Pacekids’ Family Support Program in 2012. As part of this program, Ryder began working with a developmental aide, as well as participating in a weekly centre based program for children, their aides, and their families. Struggling with Global Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder, this program allowed Ryder to work on everything from feeding to communication, gross motor skills to basic play skills, and more. Our family found comfort in meeting other families with similar challenges, as well as the support of an educated team of aides and their supervisors. Ryder is now taking part in the Program Unit Funding (PUF) program at Pacekids, and continues to excel. Thanks to the hard working team of teachers, therapists and an aide, Ryder is making progress in all areas of his development. We are happy and proud to be part of the Pacekids family!
- Kristy, Ryder’s Mom
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