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.  


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Shannon Elie, OTR/L

Shannon Elie is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 26 years of experience.  She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including hospitals, clinics,  schools, and home care.  She specializes in working with infants, toddlers and school aged children up to of 8 years of age. Shannon has extensive experience treating children with diagnoses ranging from autism spectrum disorder, neuromotor dysfunction, genetic abnormalities, fine motor challenges, sensory processing problems, developmental delays, and feeding difficulties. She is certified in the use of the Listening Program and the Astronaut Program.  Shannon has had training in sensory integration theory and treatment, neoro-developmental treatment approaches to infants, Handwriting without Tears, and oral motor/feeding therapy. In addition to evaluations, consultations, and weekly treatments, Shannon has developed a fine motor group for typical 4 years olds with fine motor needs in a preschool setting to assist with kindergarten readiness.  She has also lead social/sensory groups for 5-6 year olds.  Shannon will observe children facing challenges in home and school settings to provide sensory diets and collaborate with caregivers and teachers to ensure carryover of newly learned skills.  She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and 4 boys.

Christine Sproat, MA, OTR/L

Allison Martin MS, OTR/L

Erica Rampant (Bruscke), MS, OTR/L

Kasey Farrell, MS, OTR/L

Stacey Silver, MS, OTR/L

Susan Barnett, OTR/L

Kerri Gates, MOTR/L

Julia (Julie) Schade, MA, OTR/L

Lisa Abrams, MS, OTR/L

Candace Coulter (Tucker), OTS