Experiential Learning at Wellness GIFTS Retreats
Wellness G.I.F.T.S. is a non-profit organization that is committed to "Giving Inspiration For The Soul," to families/group homes that are caring for individuals with special needs. The weekend programs are located in Bath, NY about one hour from Ithaca College.
Each retreat offers educational, recreational and therapeutic acitivities for all paraticipants. Many of the parents agree that the best part of the retreat is the respite care provided for their children! Ithaca College Occupational Therapy students are among the many "Assistants" that provide support and inspiration for the participants.
A quote from two IC students indicates the importance of the opportunity for this learning in the community: "Thanks for giving us the opportunity to make a difference this weekend. We finally put all of our knowledge from pediatrics into effect." (Lisa and Lauren)