Heidi’s Happenings: Star-spangled month of fun

August 22, 2012 by cpehrson

This blog is written by our roving reporter, Heidi Hill, who participates in the Developmental Skills Laboratory Adult Day Program at USU.  Heidi loves to type and has fun reporting on all of the fun activities that the adult participants-her “buds”- do during the month.

Heidi sitting in her wheelchair decorated with starsIn July, all of us had a parade upstairs.  C.J. and H.S.(that’s me, Heidi Sue)  had their wheelchairs decked out in red, white, and blue.  Then all of us made 4th of July crafts.  We made pulled-pork sandwiches and played Olympic games on the ground floor.

C.J. in her wheelchair decorated with flags

C.J. and her star-spangled wheelchair


We went by bus and van down to one of the movie theaters to munch popcorn while watching the movie Brave.  Then we went by bus and van to the Bluebird Candy Factory to see how candy is made.  Heidi and her buds each got one piece of candy to munch on just before they got back up toward the work site.

Young adult wearing 4th of July necklace

4th of July necklace

Young adult with 4th of July necklace

Another crafty necklace



We also went by bus to Adam’s Park. While there, we all sat ‘neath a nice shady tree to munch lunch and listen to the birds.







See you again in September.  Have a great summer!

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The Developmental Playground is dedicated!

October 13, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

playing boy

A boy plays in the sand box at the CPD's Developmental Playground.

Young children who come to the CPD have been enjoying our new Developmental Playground for some time now, but we officially broke it in this month with a dedication and ribbon cutting.

Nearly 100 people braved cold, rainy weather to come.  Many of them cooperated to make the playground possible. Landscape architects, occupational therapists and educators worked together to ensure that it would be more than fun; it would also encourage a child’s movement, speech, cognition and social development. Private donors contributed more than $15,000 toward its construction.

The vision for the new playground came from experts at the CPD who are well aware of the many benefits of play; how it stimulates physical and social development, fosters language, and even helps a restless child relax.

“We wanted it to be socially inclusive,” said Dr. Keith Christensen, an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department and a CPD Faculty Fellow. “It was designed for independence and learning, just to let these kids see how high they can climb.”

Everything—from the sandbox to the water elements to the plants that grow in the margins—was designed to encourage the development of the young children who receive services at the CPD. When the senses are stimulated, learning comes easier.

“We all deal with sensory stimulation in different ways. Some are much more sensitive than others,” said Amy Henningsen, an occupational therapist at the CPD.  “We can diagnose and treat kids with the type of input they need to help them mature in a functional way on this playground.”

Once again, we’d like thank all the donors who made this moment possible. And if you haven’t done so already, check out our Facebook photo album of the event. It shows off the play equipment and some adorable kids.

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Kids: the most important ingredient

October 20, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

A boy opens a play castle door in the new developmental playground.

The CPD’s developmental playground remains a work in progress, but it received its most important ingredient this week: kids! From the looks of things, it’s a hit.

Our thanks go out to everyone who has donated so far, and to The Herald Journal, which featured a story on the playground in the paper this week.

For more photos of the playground, its progress and the children who enjoy it, visit our Facebook photo album.


Developmental Playground construction has officially started

June 23, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

The new developmental playground comes one step closer to reality today, as excavation begins on the site.

A backhoe dumps a shovelful of dirt as it begins excavating the site.

When it’s finished, young children who receive services from the CPD will have a place to play, designed especially for them. It will be more than fun, it will stimulate development in an accessible environment.

We’d like to thank everyone who has donated to make this dream come true. If you’d still like to contribute it’s not too late; just go to the developmental playground page.