Integra Young Warriors launches new online learning portal as part of program expansion
Integra Young Warriors is a group program for 9 to 11-year-old children with learning disabilities and co-occurring mental health challenges, including anxiety, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders.
Integra Young Warriors is an innovative, therapeutic program for 9 to 11-year-olds with learning disabilities and mental health challenges (LDMH) that integrates elements of mindfulness, collaborative problem-solving, dialectical behavior therapy, attachment theory and drama therapy with Aikido (the peaceful martial art) and yoga to help children learn critical self-regulation life skills.
This September, students in six elementary schools in the Haliburton region will begin the Integra Young Warriors program as part of a continued partnership with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and four community agencies in the area.
As part of this expansion, we have launched a new website. Featuring videos and interactive content, this site has been designed as a one-stop shop for students and instructors participating in the Integra Young Warriors program.
Children and youth experiencing learning disabilities and associated mental health challenges (LDMH) face invisible barriers to learning and living at an optimal level that can contribute to feelings of anxiety and social isolation. Learn about how CDIâ€™s Integra Program helps youth with LDMH learn coping mechanisms and gain self-esteem and confidence.
A team of employee volunteers from CIBC Mellonâ€™s marketing and corporate communications team recently visited the Integra Program to paint our Mindfulness Martial Arts Dojo. As part of CIBC Mellonâ€™s â€œTogether In Actionâ€ workplace volunteering program, the volunteers not only spruced up the Dojo in time for our Mindfulness Martial Arts and Young Warriors fall sessions, but the company pledged to donate $100 per volunteer to both CDIâ€™s Integra Program and to the United Way.
Rather than instinctively pulling away from experiences of boredom or discomfort and "checking out," we can choose to turn towards whatever is happening, even leaning into it. Then, we discover our senses getting sharper and the experience becoming more vivid and alive. There is so much going on, all the time!