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2016 - 2017 - Muscular Dystrophy Association

by Hawke Robinson published Aug 28, 2017 08:05 PM, last modified Sep 03, 2017 03:24 AM
November 2016 to July 2017 - Muscular Dystrophy Assocation of Spokane, Washington & Rathdrum, Idaho. - Research & Development, Volunteer Recreational Therapist, Activity Program Designer & Volunteer Team Leader. - Rathdrum, Idaho

November 2016 to Current

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Volunteer Recreational Therapist, Activity Program Designer, & Volunteer Team Leader

Saint Luke’s Rehabilitation (monthly meetings)

Twinlow Camp & Retreat, Rathdrum, Idaho, (July 18th & 20th, 2017)

http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/setting-up-for-larp-rpg-drumming-at-mda-camp

Details, photos, and video clips provided in link.

Working with MDA advisers and camp counselors, attending monthly MD community meetings, creating activities for those meetings relevant to the population. Designed detailed program plan to provide music, artwork, tabletop games, and live-action games for 21 campers, 21 “helpers”, and 12 counselors, over a 2 day period (Tuesday & Thursday).

Testimonial: http://www2.rpgresearch.com/blog/testimonial-mda-2017

Designed and implemented 2 days worth of programs for MD Summer Camp in Rathdrum Idaho. Details, photos, and comments here: http://www.rpgtrailer.com/blog/rpg-trailer-at-muscular-dystrophy-assocation-mda-summer-camp-july-2017. Provided adaptive drum circles and drum circle facilitation, participant customization of shields, use of boffers in combat LARP and tabletop Role-Playing Game (RPG), use of water items in Adventure LARP and tabletop RPG adventures. Created program plan documentation based on the “TR Cookbook” standards.

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) participants were ages 6 to 17, male & female. Functional impairments ranged from 1 through 3 (0 = no impairment, 4 = complete impairment), about half in wheelchairs. Objectives are detailed in the link. Facility is “challenge by choice” and most activities did NOT have 100% participation throughout the week, except our program DID have 100% participation.

Trained 5 other volunteers, including TR methodologies, including APIED, I supervised and trained them between February to July 18th & 20th, to prepare for this event over a 6 month period to aide in implementing these programs for 21 campers with Muscular Dystrophy, plus their individual “helpers” and the dozen camp counselors.

Despite the potentially high risk with this population during the live-action combat LARP, there were zero injuries, no visits to the infirmary or nurses. Outlined objectives achieved and exceeded everyone’s expectations. Continuing to attend MDA community monthly meetings, and provide occasional activities.

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