Learning Through Experience
A big part of learning is life’s experience. Field trips play an important role in offering expanded experiences for the children enrolled at FOCUS Center for Autism.
Clients in our Day Program recently participated in project a at The Home Depot in Torrington, CT. Every experience is a learning experience and, in this case, it was a great opportunity for them to be part of the larger community. Teacher Tricia Galvin wrote to Home Depot after their field trip that the experience was important to our clients with Autism for a number of reasons. The kids completed a building project that helped them practice several hand eye, fine motor and coordination movements. The atmosphere was not only comfortable, but Home Depot staff were accommodating to our needs by providing a spacious room and kid friendly tools. Some of the comments made by the children included, “ can we do this again?”, “ I’ve never had a chance to build something before, and I like it!”, and my favorite, “I followed those directions and look what I made”. The aprons, buttons and flashlights given to the kids were an added bonus. This field trip will definitely be a fond memory for all of them.
More Opportunities for Learning
FOCUS offered other experiences this past year through a grant from the Fisher Foundation. The kids at FOCUS learned about community service. Through the Pillars of Character program they learned about Citizenship. FOCUS collected food at Shoprite in Canton. In just an hour they collected over $100 worth of food for the Canton Food Pantry!! — at Joseph Family Markets – Shoprites of West Hartford and Canton. Sometimes the trip were just for fun. This past Fall the kids enjoyed picking their own pumpkins, a hay ride and other fun fall activities! — at The Pickin’ Patch.
During these trips the children at FOCUS learn how to interact with each other and advance their abilities with social interactions among their peers and the world around them . We’ll be offering more field trips in the coming months. If you would like to help visit our Support Page.
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson