Join us at our next Club NF event on Saturday, August 6, at The Lodge Des Peres for a morning of yoga and swimming! Kids will enjoy a yoga class led by Courtney Metzinger, OTD, MFA, OTR/L, an occupational therapist from St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Your child with NF1 may benefit from attending this event in the following ways:
- Motor skill development, including running, jumping and balancing to strengthen
underdeveloped muscles and improve cardiovascular function
- Improved executive function skills such as following multiple-step directions and
planning projects correlate to finishing homework or school projects
- Social skill advancement, which will enable your child to speak in a group, initiate conversation, make eye contact and maintain a conversation
Parents will attend a presentation led by Elizabeth Fox, the Regional Coordinator from MPACT (Missouri Parents Act), to discuss “Understanding the Evaluation Process” as it relates to special education services. Lunch will be served to those who RSVP. Bring your swimming gear (including sunscreen and towels) as guests will be provided with day passes to the indoor and outdoor pools at The Lodge.
Club NF is the Washington University NF Center’s free, play-based therapy program for school-aged children (K – 8th grade) with NF1 and their families. St. Louis Children’s Hospital therapists work directly with the children in small groups to accomplish a variety of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy goals in a real life, social setting. By strengthening underdeveloped skills alongside siblings and peers, these children are set up for future success in the home, classroom and community. The events are held six Saturday mornings a year at various locations and businesses in the St. Louis area, offering a variety of activities throughout the calendar year to meet the needs of all families affected by NF1. This event is made possible by generous funding from the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation,