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Leisure Education

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Florencia Uriarte Leos

on 9 April 2014

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Leisure Education
For parents of children with mental retardation.
WELCOME TO our second session
Important topics covered in the last session:

What is Leisure?

Intrinsic motivation.


Schedule for Today:
This is a voluntary retention lecture, please respect others and take turns to participate
1. Rate Stress.
2. Ice Breaker activity.
3. Benefits of Leisure Education.
4. Activity Rotation.
5. Refreshment period.
6. Debrief.
7. Closure.
How stressed are you on a scale
from 1 (LOWEST) to 10 (HIGHEST). Show it with your fingers.
Ice Breaker
Benefits of Leisure Education
•Leisure gives us a
sense of purpose.

•Leisure allows the
development of skills.

•Leisure facilitates
independence and growth.

•Leisure provides individuals with
freedom of choice.

•Relaxation and de-stressing.

•Leisure brings a
sense of independence

•Social integration.
Art Therapy Activity:
Art Mural
Home made
Play Dough

3 Leisure Activities
There are many
Leisure activities
can be active,
passive, outdoors,
and indoors.
They can be adapted to every
type of need and
Sensory stimulation
We hope we made you all aware of the values and importance of leisure in current life and in the future.

Now go and enjoy some leisure!
DJ Casper's Cha Cha
Dance warm up,
Let's Get those bodies moving!
put it at 51secs-3:10mins
Ashley-Ann Gordon ID:6668356
Florencia Uriarte Leos ID: 6808638
Leila Kameli ID:6068278
Leisure Education (2006). Benefits of Leisure. Retrieved April 3 2014. from: http://www.indiana.edu/~nca/leisureed/leisure2.html
De-stressing and organizing your life to include more leisure
A leisure education lesson:

Today’s lesson will focus on Self-Awareness & Leisure Awareness and ways to decrease stress.
Think about leisure.

What did you once like to do for yourself that you may not have time to do anymore because of all the time your child takes up?

Well, here are some activities that you can do with your child so that both of you can experience leisure and gain the benefits from it.
Can you imagine what your leisure will be like in the future if you do not learn to take time for yourself now?!

Yes, you love your child and he/she might take most of your day, but you need a balance between your job, sleep, leisure and home responsibilities.

What you do or don’t do today, affects how you live in the future.
Lifestyle Balance
Children with a mild mental retardation level have a slower reaction time, therefore they experience challenges when faced to complex tasks that require steps. It is better to choose activities that allow them to express themselves based on their cognitive level.
From our activities you found out:

- Preferences of what you like and don’t like (self-awareness).

- You found leisure opportunities of activities you can do with your child (leisure awareness).

- You found ways to relieve stress through leisure resources.

Everything is more fun when we can share the experience

It gives way for creativity of self expression & works on gross and fine motor skills.

Classmates seemed to be in the zone and and enjoyed it.
Benefit: It uses all the senses to aid in cognitive development by creating any shape or image imaginable. They had fun getting their hands dirty.
Benefits: Allows for Improvement in concentration, attention, reasoning skills, language skills, problem solving skills & it lowers the risk of further decrease in cognitive abilities.

Social interaction between parents and the child improved
Cognitive therapy (memory exercises)
Datillo, J., Schlein, S. (1994). Understanding leisure services for individuals with mental retardation. Journal of Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps 32(1).
Datillo, J., Schlein, S. (1994). Understanding leisure services for individuals with mental retardation. Journal of Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps 32(1).
Datillo, J., Schlein, S. (1994). Understanding leisure services for individuals with mental retardation. Journal of Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps 32(1).
Leisure opportunities
Are you aware of all the leisure opportunities that children with a mild mental retardation can still take part in?

Here are some program examples: Art Activities, Physical Exercise, Group Sports, Sensory Stimulation activities, drama therapy, movement therapy (chair yoga), cognitive therapy (memory cards game).
What are some barriers to Leisure Participation?
Barriers to leisure participation
Not enough time
Not being in good health

- time management of daily activities
- be open to trying new experiences
- Find people to do activities with (group of friends).

All this will improve your connection with your child because you will be less stressed and have more patience when interacting with them.

Value of leisure for this population:
The needs of this population are under met because the importance is typically placed more on satisfying the needs of the children's that have a cognitive disability rather than their parents.
Boosting my motivation to leisure:
Program Audience
The target audience is: Parents and the main goals are to provide examples of Leisure Activities they can do for themselves to de-stress. They can do these activities with their children, thus helping the children as well.
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