Support for families
We understand that it can be difficult when a family member is unable to join in and take part in outdoor activities. A child who is unable to have the same experiences as their brothers and sisters or interacting with mum and dad, because their condition makes mobility difficult in the varied terrain of a woodland walk or spending time on a sandy shore. A parent who finds it impossible to cycle with their child or their disability prevents them from spending time in the sea, creating precious memories with their family.
At Adventure Therapy, our mission is to make the outdoors accessible for children, young people and adults with physical disabilities, learning disability or difficulty, life-threatening or life-shortening illnesses and life-changing conditions. People who have found it difficult, if not impossible, in the past.
Home life can be impacted further: even within family units, children can feel isolated or choose to shut themselves away, not communicating about how they feel, alone in their thoughts and emotional conflict. Where it is supportive to the wellbeing of the individual, siblings may be able to join in our sessions, too. Mum and dad can watch and there may be an opportunity to support on a session and get involved through volunteering.
To enable accessibility we use a range of specialist equipment. From an adaptive surfboard or recumbent cycle which enables stability and security, for those affected by balance or is powered by a users arm movements, rather than by pedal strokes to bespoke wetsuits, beach and all-terrain wheelchairs which can be used on footpaths and trails which are impossible to traverse with a traditionally wheeled-chair
As time moves on and studies continue, there is a clearer understanding that the outdoors provides therapeutic benefits that cannot be replicated indoors or in a suburban environment. The benefits of spending time in the elements, in the countryside or by the sea are proven and not just by our service users, but by all who experience the outdoors - surf, kayak, bike or hike - a opportunity to escape the sensory overload of everyday life and surround yourself with natures energy, in wild spaces.
If you feel Adventure Therapy could be of benefit to you and your family, please get in touch or complete a referral form.