Canyon Kids Adaptive Outdoor Adventure Programs

Canyon Kids has teamed up with Dave Ritter, Outdoor Leadership Trainer, Guide and Director of Bretton Woods Outdoor Adventure Program to create a new program called Bretton Adaptive. 

We offer one on one and small group outdoor recreational outings like kayaking, ropes course, hiking and wilderness exploration for children and teens of all abilities and needs. These outings are happening during the 2018-2019 school year, afterschool, on select weekends and days off of school. 

During the summer, we offer our Integrated Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp. This is a multi week camp where campers participate in adventures based out of Bretton Woods Recreation Center on the banks of the Potomac River in rural Maryland. This camp accepts 1-3 campers each week from June 2019-August 2019. They will be paired with a trained adventure guide and participate with similarly aged peers in Bretton Woods Outdoor Adventure Camps and Day Camp. Activities can include zip lines, giant slip and slides, hiking, kayaking and swimming. 

Please contact us for more information at or 301 523 0902.  


Oscar Nominated film and book Life, Animated is about the life of Owen Suskind. Owen was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He lost speech and it seemed his ability to connect to others until his family started to use the very thing that he loved: Disney Animated Film. This is a beautiful story of using a child's affinity to bring us all together. Christine Sproat had the priviledge to work as Owen's OT from the time he was 5 years old starting at a Sensory Integration Camp. Owen is now in his twenties, graduated from an adaptive college program and is living on his own in a supervised communilty with his dog Guss.

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Christine Sproat, MA, OTR/L


Christine Sproat is the owner and director of Canyon Kids.  Practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist for 16 years, Christine earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and completed a research masters from New York University in 2001.  Her research interests include parent-therapist-child partnerships, primary prevention, Headstart and Sensory Processing Disorder. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Having had the opportunity to work and train with world renowned therapists across the country and participate in extensive coursework, Christine Sproat is able to provide a Dynamic Systems approach to therapy. Ms. Sproat and her team of therapists use prinicples from Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Motor Learning, DIR/Floortime, Oral-Sensory Feeding Techniques, The Visual-Vestibular Protocol, The Listening Program, Social Thinking and Handwriting Without Tears and Fine Motor Olympics.  With this background Christine has gained experience working with a myriad of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, attention deficit/hyper activity disorder, developmental delay, childhood anxiety disorder, dyspraxia and celebral palsy.

Christine has developed many group programs throughout her practice including the successful Leaping Lizards-- Sensory Motor, Fine Motor and Social Summer Camp program at Canyon Kids. She has also adapted and created an OT screening program used at Canyon Kids and in schools in the DC area. Christine provides consulting in the DC area to many professionals and organizations seeking to learn more about incorporating sensory strategies, identifying children at risk or adapting fine motor and handwriting programs. Christine has also developed and led successful adaptive outdoor adventure therapy programs involving hiking, biking, canoeing and rock-climbing -- and it is this outdoor flair for which Canyon Kids gets its name. Christine lives in the DC area with her husband Mike and 3 very active little boys! 

Shannon Elie, OTR/L

Allison Martin, MS, OTR/L

Erica Rampant (Bruscke), MS, OTR/L

Kasey Farrell, MS, OTR/L

Lisa Abrams, MS, OTR/L

Candace Coulter (Tucker), OTS