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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Top 25 Pieces of Equipment for Early Education Classrooms 

(Comprised by Christine Sproat MA, OTR/L and Allison Martin MS, OTR/L)

  1. Chewy Tubes/ pencil chewy topper.
  2. Putty (medium firm).
  3. Visual Schedule and Routine.
  4. Weighted lap pad and weighted animals to sit on laps during circle.
  5. Seat disc cushion.
  6. 2 Yards of Lycra to swing kids.
  7. Pop Toys, Duplo Blocks, Magnet Toys that kids can pull apart.
  8. Triangle Crayons/ pencils, small crayons/pencils (2 inches in length) to encourage efficient pencil grip.
  9. Pencil with pencil grip.
  10. Weighted Milk Jugs to carry during a transition.
  11. Music with slow rhythms (classical) and fast rhythms (Beach Boys).
  12. Yoga Deck.
  13. Brain Gym.
  14. Rice/Bean Bin.
  15. Handwriting without Tears.
  16. How Does your Engine Run.
  17. SPIO Pressure Vest.
  18. Shaving cream.
  19. Highlight paper, raised line paper.
  20. Spring Scissors (Mapped Koopy).
  21. Hand fidgets.
  22. Slant Board or Fat three-ring binder.
  23. Plastic footstool to support a students’ feet for correct seating posture.
  24. Tongs, connected chop sticks, strawberry hullers.
  25. Noise reducing headphones or earplugs (for students who are sensitive to noise).