What is EPIC?

EPIC is a program at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton designed to provide both segregated and inclusive opportunities for children and youth to engage in physical activity and recreation. EPIC is inclusive of a variety of activities that are designed to meet the child where they are at in terms of their ability to engage, thus providing children and youth diagnosed with autism with increased opportunity to participate in physical activity and peer interaction according to their abilities and preferences. Rules, structure, noise, social demands, physical requirements, interest and other factors can impact on a child’s ability to participate.

Why is there a need for EPIC?

What are the overall goals/objectives of EPIC?

What types of services are included within EPIC?

EPIC includes several services including summer camps (both in-house and within the community), gymnasium sessions devoted to exploratory physical activity and active discovery, and gymnastics sessions within the community. New opportunities are being sought regularly.

Who is involved with EPIC? Who can contribute to EPIC?

Currently, Children’s Autism of Edmonton staff and community partners contribute to EPIC’s programs. Community organizations are being approached to continually expand opportunities and develop a partnership with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton.

Epic Fall activities

Active Discovery

Active Discovery is a semi-structured play-based program aimed at providing children and youth diagnosed with autism with increased opportunity to participate in physical activity according to their abilities and preferences. The surrounding environment will be set up as to encourage children and youth to freely explore their surroundings, engage with different equipment, and discover physical activity that is meaningful and exciting to them while simultaneously working on their fundamental movement skill development. All Sessions will be held at the Maier Centre.

Location: 17451 – 103 Ave NW Edmonton 

Dates:

Active Discovery (Ages 3-6 years) Time: 12.15-1.15pm

September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19

Maximum number of participants: 6/session

Active Discovery (Ages 3-6 years) Time: 1.15-2.15pm

September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19

Maximum number of participants: 6/session

Active Discovery (Ages 7-10 years) Time: 2.15-3.15pm

September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19

Maximum number of participants: 6/session

bowling

Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton have partnered with KJ Bowling to provide adaptive bowling lessons. The kids will bowl doubles over three lanes. Bowling lessons will be supported by Children’s Autism Services staff, and provide a fantastic opportunity for children with autism to participate in this great sport!

Location: KJ Bowling, 12143 54th St, Edmonton, AB, T5W 3N4

Dates:

Session 1  – ages 5-9 years – Time: 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

Session 2  – ages 10+ years – Time: 5:45pm – 6:45pm

Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7

Move and Groove

Move and Groove is a 8-week program that provides children with the opportunity to express themselves freely through moving to music in a way that is meaningful and comfortable to them.

Location: Maier Centre South 9765 54 Ave

Dates:

Time: 10-11am – 6-12 years

September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26

EPIC Summer CAMPS

Diving EPIC camp 

Ages: 6 – 12 Years

Location: Terwillegar Recreation Center: 2051 Leger Road, Edmonton, T6R 0R9

Alberta Diving and Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton staff will facilitate this exciting summer camp. This camp focuses on movement and physical activity, giving a chance for the kiddos to explore recreation centers and the fun they have to offer! During the camps, our staff will help engage the campers, using appropriate supports, to explore different activities and areas to enjoy!

July 15th – July 19th

Dynamyx EPIC camp

Ages: 6 – 12 Years

Location: 25 Chisholm Ave #104, St. Albert, AB T8N 5A5

Dynamyx Gymnastics staff will be planning and facilitating an exciting camp. During the camps, our staff will help engage the campers, using appropriate supports, to explore different gym equipment and activities!

July 8th – July 12th

August 12th – August 16th

For more information please email Kyle or phone 587-920-5800

Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton recognizes the Goodlife Kids Foundation as a source of funding for its EPIC programs

Upcoming Events

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