• DATE - day of the week, month, year
  • WEATHER - what is the weather today and record it on the calendar
  • THEMED POEM - we read, as a group, a poem based on the theme of the month.
    • Who is our Prime Minister?
    • Where does he live/work?
    • What is the name of Canada's Police Force?
    • What is Canada's favourite sport?
    • What is our national animal?
  • Geography
    • What country, province, and town do we live in?
    • How many provinces, territories are there? What are they?
    • How many oceans surround Canada and what are they?
  • Money
    • What is on the front/ back of each coin?
    • What color are the bills?
    • What can you buy with a toonie, etc?
  • Ex. feelings, holidays, manners, etc.
  • Singing of O Canada


Access to the Gymnasium and Interactive Room and limited equipment in the Fitness Area.

  • Wii, Dance Dance Revolution
  • Laps around the gym
  • Basketball, floor hockey
  • Skipping
  • Exercise bike, elliptical machine, tread mill (supervised by YMCA staff)
  • Parachute
  • Balancing/ bouncing on the exercise ball


Clients are supervised in making the dessert for the once a week Hot Lunch Program.

  • Following directions
  • Organizing the ingredients
  • Measuring
  • Clean up/ washing dishes/ loading dishwasher
  • Sanitary practices in the kitchen
  • Oven safety
  • Serving


Once a week instead of bringing a bag lunch we have a hot lunch prepared by the clients.

  • Following Directions
  • Measuring
  • Peeling/ chopping
  • Food preparation
  • Make the juice/tea/coffee
  • Setting the table properly
  • Serve lunch
  • Clear table
  • Load dishwasher
  • Wash pots and pans
  • Put everything away


Once a week, in a small group we walk or drive to the library and borrow books based on our monthly theme.

As a group, we participate in the summer reading program put on by the library. It is a reading challenge with the goal being to read 25 hours over the entire summer.

We have a reading circle where staff reads aloud. The books are age appropriate and cover a variety of interests.


Each client has a specific job that they do each week.

  • Dusting
  • Emptying garbage/placing it out for collection
  • Stacking chairs
  • Washing windows/ tables/ chairs
  • Watering plants
  • Folding laundry
  • Vacuuming
  • Sweeping/ mopping floors

Life Skills

  • Communication- body language, active listening, assertiveness
  • How to behave with strangers/ acquaintances/ friends
  • Feelings- identify feelings, recognize anger, coping skills
  • Telephone Skills- learning phone numbers, telephone etiquette
  • Decision Making Skills- solving problems, problem solving procedures
  • Money Management- recognize money, spending, saving, comparative shopping
  • Health- hygiene, fitness, destructive behaviour, nutrition, medical advice, sleep


During the summer months, Life Skills has a plot in the community garden on Prince St. We grow our own vegetables to freeze for the Hot Lunch program. We also plant a flower bed and window boxes in and around the Center.

Sensory Room

Lifeskills includes a sensory room available to all clients, they received funding to improve this room through a Telus grant they received.


Interactive Gaming

Life Skills received a grant from the Wellness Fund to purchase a Wii and a Wii Fit, clients are able to work out or play sports interactively in a group or individually.

Dabbling in the Arts

  • Painting
  • Camera Club
  • Clay
  • Adult Colouring


Staff and clients walk after lunch on fine weather days. Clients are rotated.

Music and Movement

This program varies from week to week. We have limited amount of rhythm instruments- drums, tambourines, etc., a wide range of CD’s, a piano and a karaoke machine. Clients sing, play the instrument and dance.

Computer Skills

Mouse manipulation, email accounts, turning computer on and off, and computer games.


Individualized for those who are interested in furthering their academic skills. Tracing, name practice, using a calculator.

Sensory Kits

These are kits providing stimulation through different senses. Color, sound, touch. Each kit varies. Sorting by color/touch/like objects. Identifying sound. Manipulating objects to improve manual dexterity.


Clients are given the opportunity to paint through, Paint by numbers or blank canvas.


Crafts vary by theme/ occasion. Many different mediums i.e. wood, flower arranging, paper, paint, clay.

Grocery/Basic Needs Shopping

Making a grocery list, checking flyers for sales, manipulating the grocery cart, finding the objects in the store, paying for the items, putting away the items when we return.


We arrange outings based on themes, interests and holidays. Some examples would be apple picking in the fall, a visit to a farm, picnic park, etc

Fun Fridays

Fridays are more of a casual, relaxed day. We make lunch, play games and usually watch a movie in the afternoon.

Pet Therapy

Staff or members of the community bring in their pet to Life Skills to socialize with the clients. Clients walk, feed and interact with them.

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