Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
I just learned about a fantastic ice-skating program for children with disabilities. It’s called I-Skate, and it was developed at the wonderful Kennedy Krieger Institute with help from Olympic skating champion Dorothy Hamill. I-Skate teaches children who have all kinds of challenges—some have conditions like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy; others are cancer survivors; others have missing limbs—to feel comfortable on the ice. Throughout the four- to five-month course, the children, who range in age from 5 to 18, reap the health benefits of being active. They get the much-needed psychological boost that comes from mastering a skill. And perhaps most importantly, they form friendships with other children. The latest session wraps up at the end of the month and the children will celebrate with a performance for their family and friends.
We at Parents are big fans of anything that helps kids feel included, especially programs as innovative as this, so I-Skate gets a gold medal in our book. You can find out more or help support its efforts here.Add a Comment