Junior Musher School, Junior Musher Camp — an educational recreational program for children of different ages, the main directions and activities of which are as follows: introducing children into the world of sled dogs, teaching the basics of sled dog sport and getting acquainted with the history and life of Polar regions; teaching children basic tourist and survival skills and developing of the eco-conscious attitude to the world around us; developing of the individual potential; psychological release of «city kids» and other categories of problem children, helping to recover from urban stress and man-made impacts; getting acquainted with rural life; team building; canistherapy; art-therapy; crafts-making; getting acquainted with orthodoxy, local folklore and history; sightseeing; etc.
The program was developed with the help of professional psychologists.
All the activities are performed under the supervision of experienced guides.
Main objective: expanding social experience of the special needs children, boosting their social growth applying canistherapy and art-therapy methods against the background of wild nature.
Main tasks: Diagnostic: psychological and pedagogical study of a child.
Intervention: 1. Development of methods of learning social experience in the interaction with dogs, people, wildlife and objects of social realm; 2. Development of compensatory mechanisms of psychic and activity formation in a special needs child.
Educational: 1. Forming a knowledge system and a system of generalized representations of the social realm in a child; 2. Development of cognitive activity.
Directions of activity: Boosting the development of: emotional sphere; communication skills; level of self-knowledge, self-conception and self-control.
Methods: canistherapy, art-therapy, ecotourism.
Optional: Attending services, participation in sacraments.
All the activities are performed under supervision of experienced guides and a professional psychologist.
**A Program for Parents of Special Needs Children is also available