~~ESMT Parent Testimonial
I am a single parent of an amazing child with special needs. My son has low muscle tone, mobility and balance issue, is afraid or I should say was afraid to walk up a step; among many other specifics. As a parent of a child with special needs, I have tried many, many various programs throughout the years, willing to try just about anything to help my child progress physically and more importantly emotionally. It is very hard to express in words what this program has done for him. My heart is overwhelmed with joy! My son not only craves going to his weekly sessions (which is huge) he adores everyone involved. He feels sage and so accomplished- he has overcome many fears and many hurdles and continues to flourish! He is happy and knows everyone cares about him. There are moments I have watched him with tears in my eyes- because I know where his now with his progress and where he was when he started. I am so thankful for this program- the care and attention to your child and when he/she needs in beyond amazing. ESMT has been a life changer for not only my son but my family. God bless the entire ESMT family.
~~ESMT Parent Testimonial
Two years ago, Nadia Ulanowska wasn’t able to walk without a walker. Now, the 10-year-old Burnaby resident has perfected a seat drop on the trampoline. Nadia’s cerebral palsy, which is known as spastic diplegia, affects both of her legs. Thanks to the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia’s (CPABC) Campership program, Nadia has had the opportunity to participate in Club Aviva Empowering Steps Movement Therapy summer camp in Coquitlam since 2011.
I think this will be a great self esteem builder for Matthew as well. He really takes pride in it, and often says he wishes he could take trampoline every day! He has even mentioned that he would like to work at, or volunteer at Club Aviva sometime. He sees your club as a very safe place for him to “hang out in”…almost like a second home. Although Matthew is not as visibly needy as most of the other children in the ESMT program, the feelings of pride, accomplishment, and comfort that he finds every week with your programs is something he has yet to find anywhere else. Thanks to all of you for that!!!
This has been a truly life changing experience and is THE only place both of my children will come without exception, hesitation, anxiety or aversion due to multiple sensory factors such as noise or the feeling of clothes or possibility of a staff change.
Our son Fremont is SO delighted with his swimming lessons. On Monday, he is SO excited for Tuesday. He also plays basketball (loves it) and soccer (really enjoys that too), but it all seems to pale compared to how excited he is about swimming. He's always been a pretty compliant kid, but prior to ESMT, swimming was something we'd do with him sporadically and he was never really too happy about going.
Our son looks forward to his weekly movement therapy and swim sessions and adores his therapists. Since attending the sessions, his confidence has greatly increased not only during his exercises during his session but has carried over to other various aspects in life. He is now able to do many motor skill activities he was not able to do prior to attending movement therapy. We are extremely pleased with the progress and skills he has gained and accomplished in this program.
Caitlin, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when she was four years old, has benefited enormously from her Empowering Steps Movement Therapy and Aqua Therapy lessons and camp sessions (she attends ESMT camps whenever she can: December, March, Summer!) these past two years. She began working with her therapist Megan in September 2011, at which time, in addition to spatial awareness issues, lack of coordination, and sensory needs, she had fears of heights and moving backwards which inhibited her participation in many day to day activities with peers.