At The Woodlands, we are dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with disability and chronic illness – starting with kids! Our programs provide opportunities to increase peer socialization. Additionally, Woodlands’ programs promote the utilization of social skills for healthy relationships through recreational and fun experiences. Daytime programs for kids ages 6-12 at The Woodlands are the first step for life enrichment activities and building an individualized social community. Creating healthy separation between parents and children fosters growth, character, and self-perception. The Woodlands’ Director of Programs, Jesse Solomon, endorses healthy separation beginning at a young age for more successful transition to our overnight retreats and camps. “Creating a healthy separation at an early age is incredibly important, especially for families who have loved ones with a disability. Many times, when campers begin their experiences at The Woodlands as teenagers or young adults, they encounter difficulty with certain transitions, since they have formed an intense dependency on family members, alone. Additionally, beginning healthy separation at an early age creates an opportunity for parents’ respite, enabling them to be the best parents they can be.”
Participation in The Woodlands’ programs for children requires the ability to self-regulate behaviors and transitions, and the ability to be redirected easily by staff, in order to be successful in these programs. Early Intervention is a wonderful way to prepare and develop self-regulatory behaviors.
Shannon Perrine, Evening Anchor/WTAE-TV Channel 4 Pittsburgh
Wounded war heroes come home with a simple wish to do the things they’ve always done. In Allegheny County, volunteers are making sure that local vets can get out and play a few holes of golf.
By Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette photos
Camp counselor Tayler Tadrick is shouting and cheering on summer campers as they run between orange cones while straddling inflatable whales. Her face cannot contain her smile, and her arms become an extension of her joy, giving high-fives as the competitors wiggle their way to the finish line.
By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When and where: Saturday night at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont.
#PartyWithAPurpose: More than 200 guests enjoyed dancing, a cocktail hour, a program of events conducted by emcee Andrew Stockey of WTAE-TV, an extensive silent auction and a “Stock the Bar” raffle valued at $2,000, which was won by John and Christian Stampfel. The ball supports the Woodlands WonderFund, which helps to pay for children and adults with disabilities to attend Woodlands programs and camps. Since it began in 2002, the Butterfly Ball has raised more than $2 million and grows in popularity each fall.
From left, Theresa Nuzzo, Andrew Stockey, Joseph Milharcic, Bill and Sandy Lambert.
The Woodlands’ Annual Fall Festival took place on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the 52-acre campus in Wexford. the day was free, interactive and an open house-style event.
Area families and participants of all ages enjoyed the decorated, fall-themed wooded campus at Fall Festival, which included all-accessible hayrides, live music, the outdoor fireplace, food and face-painting.
The Woodlands’ Adaptive Nature Path was transformed into the “Not-so-Scar” Haunted Trail and open from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests also acted as judges in the annual Woodlands Staff’s Chili Cook-Off.
Wexford, PA – Painting with a Twist, a popular painting venue where guests and groups can go to complete a painting in a guided session, is hosting a night of painting on Wednesday, November 9th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm to benefit The Woodlands.
The art session, known as Painting with a Purpose, will cost $35 per person, with proceeds going to The Woodlands. The featured painting is a still life of fall hydrangeas.
Wexford, PA – The Woodlands’ 15th Annual Butterfly Ball will take place Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at Oakmont Country Club. The Ball is the organization’s signature event and largest annual fundraiser. Each year, The Butterfly Ball honors a prominent philanthropist, business or community leader identified for their achievement in the realm of improving the lives of people with special needs. The 2016 Butterfly Ball will honor a special group close to the organization…The Woodlands Auxiliary. The gala dinner and celebration will be held Saturday, October 29th at Oakmont Country Club.
Wexford, PA – The community is invited to attend The Woodlands’ Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 15th, from 4:00to 7:00 pm at their 52-acre campus in Wexford, PA. Fall Festival at The Woodlands is a free, interactive, open house-style event.
Area families and participants of all ages can come and enjoy the decorated, fall-themed wooded campus at Fall Festival, which will include, all-accessible hay-rides, live music, the large, outdoor fireplace, food, and face-painting. The Woodlands’ Adaptive Nature Path will be transformed into the ‘Not-So-Scary’ Haunted Trail and will be open from 5pm – 7pm. Guests are free to act as judges in the annual Woodlands Chili Cook-Off.