The Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience (S.M.I.L.E.) program was founded in 1982 by Dr. Jack Scholtz from Acadia University, which offers children and youth with varying disabilities a unique physical activity experience to improve their total development. With S.M.I.L.E.’s success at Acadia University, a program was launched at University of Toronto (U of T) commencing September 2016. The U of T S.M.I.L.E. program is offered within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education in partnership with Surrey Place Centre, Clinton Street Public School, and Acadia University. The focus is on the development of fundamental movement skills and overall physical literacy. The one-to-one nature of this program allows for individual adaptation of the planned activities, where necessary, to meet the needs and interest of each child.
We are proud to share some of the participants experiences:
“I loved working with Scarlett and I have learned a lot from her. As we’ve worked together she has shown her enthusiasm for playing many different games and performing many physical activities. As a result we have both gotten to explore a lot of creative movements together that I can’t wait to share with more kids!”
Allison, Master of Professional Kinesiology (MPK) student, S.M.I.L.E program, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
“Gabriel is such a pleasure to work with. I look forward to seeing him every Saturday. He was very shy the first week but he is not anymore and he participates in all of the activities I prepare for him with so much enthusiasm. He is improving a lot in his balance and stability in the exercise we do.”
Teresa, Master of Professional Kinesiology (MPK) student, S.M.I.L.E. program, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
“It is an absolute pleasure working with Melissa! She is so bright and cooperative. I have been able to teach her proper throwing technique, improve her catching and work on some basic movement patterns such as a squat, lunge and lift. She works hard and is a very eager participant. I wish I could continue to work with her for the entire year!”
Michele, Master of Professional Kinesiology (MPK) student, S.M.I.L.E. program, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto