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TEEN Moves teaches vital skills for independence

A new program called TEEN (Teach, Evolve, Engage and Network) Moves is being run by Therapy Focus to help promote independence in teenagers with disabilities, helping them safely access the community.

Sponsored by SGIO, the program comprises classroom style learning over the duration of a school term where participants are taught general money skills, safety and personal protection, how to use public transport, and how to communicate in an unsafe or challenging situation.

At the conclusion of a term’s learning, participants take part in community outings held during the school holidays where they apply the skills they’ve learnt to everyday situations. Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Katie Whitsed, says the program helps build confidence in teenagers with disabilities to feel “street savvy” and enjoy their local community.

“Not only do participants benefit from the skills they’re taught, they’re also given meaningful opportunities to socialise in a fun and supportive environment,” Katie said.

The program has already been held in two locations south of the river, with groups enjoying rock climbing, tandem biking, go karting and a trip to the zoo. 17 year-old Topsy Christie from Beckenham took part in Term 3, where she got to enjoy a visit to the Swan River for the first time.

“I’d never been to the river before, it was really nice! I had such a fun day riding tandem bikes and got to spend time with my friends,” Topsy said.

The TEEN Moves program will be held in the Mirrabooka and Kingsley areas in early 2016 for teenagers accessing Therapy Focus services. For more information, contact Therapy Focus on (08) 9478 9500.

To view photos of the TEEN Moves holiday activities, visit the Therapy Focus Facebook page.

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