The Parsons Adult Day Activities Program provides an activities program to enrich the lives of all the individuals participating in the day habilitation program. The focus of the program is to offer enjoyable experiences that will socially, physically, mentally and emotionally enhance the lives of the individuals.
The activities are developed with the help of the Consumer Council for people with disabilities and special needs. The Consumer Council consists of individuals who attend Parsons that are representative of the interests and needs of their peers. The Council meets monthly to voice their concerns about the activities, health and safety, corporate events and the overall activity needs and wants of their peers. On behalf of all the individuals, the Council is able to provide feedback about previous activities and request future events.
The activities offered at Parsons include art, music, recreation, media, and library. Each activity is centered on a theme that changes each month. Through each activity, the individuals are able to maintain or obtain different skills. The activities are coordinated in a way where they can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the individuals. All activities are expected to leave the individuals feeling satisfied with a sense of accomplishment.
Art activities range from painting banners to creating projects out of recycled materials. An assortment of art supplies is provided to aid in all art activities. Each art activity permits individual expression, and allows the individual to create unique projects to share with others.
A music enrichment specialist facilitates the music activities. The individuals are exposed to a variety of music styles along with musical activities such as musical chairs, drumming circles, and karaoke. Musical instruments are available to enhance the individuals’ musical experience.
Recreation (Gym) offers physical experiences such as basketball, bowling, and dancing. The individuals improve gross motor skills while listening to up beat music and having fun! Afternoon recreation includes a walking club that meets three times a week and bocce ball that meets two times a week.
Media provides the movie theater experience. The individuals enjoy a variety of movies such as musicals, Disney, dramas, and comedies all of which are tied into the theme for the month.. Healthy snacks are provided to add to the experience. Media offers a theater like atmosphere where the individuals can kick back and relax.
Library offers educational experiences where the individuals are given exciting information about the theme of the month. This information is given by means of read aloud, stories on tape, and stories on video. We also offer books on tape from the South Carolina Commission for the Blind for those individuals who need more auditory than visual stimulation during this time.
The Greenhouse Horticulture Program was instituted in August 2007 following the refurbishment of the existing structure by the St. Paul United Methodist Church. Individuals have the opportunity to engage in activities that stimulate plant growth while at the same time learning appropriate social skills such as cooperation and teamwork.
"A sensory experience" is available in the Snoozelen room to provide people who have sensory and learning disabilities with appropriate relaxation and leisure facilities while providing a full range of sensory stimulation and enjoyable experiences in an atmosphere of trust and relaxation. In a safe and comfortable environment, the primary senses are stimulated by wonderful combinations of lighting effects, music, gentle vibrations, tactile sensations and aromatherapy where people can explore, absorb and control away from pressures associated with direct care and therapy.