by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource CenterLed by Joshua MacAran, GAMES DAY will return this Spring. A Brattleboro, Vermont native, Joshua now resides in Camptonville with his young daughter and wife Michelle, who teaches Family Yoga at our weekly Playgroup. Actively playing board games since he was ten, Joshua describes how a fun pastime has evolved into a career.
by Joshua MacAran, Educator
I'm a man who has worn many hats. I worked in grocery stores and food service for many years and found that I enjoy customer service immensely. After an adult diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome at age 26 and a gradual realization that serving bagels with a smile was not impacting the world in a way that felt meaningful, I decided that I wanted to help others learn to be social faster and with less pain than I did. I stumbled upon Epic Revolution Sacramento (a social group for Autism/spectrum teens and young adults) and have been providing a playful place to work on social competence for the last 4 years. I also developed and run a Dungeons and Dragons group as a social learning avenue.
I've been an avid gamer ever since I can remember. I played a lot of video games back in the day, but since I met my wife and had a child I've moved away from putting my energies into screen time and move more toward games with physical components and physical opponents. In my work with Epic Revolution I use circle games, sports, board games, card games, and occasionally video games to promote learning in a fun and relaxed environment.
I've also come to recognize the important connection between mind and body. I'm a trained yoga teacher and one of my missions in my work is to convince all those geeky gamer types that they'll enjoy their games (and everything else!) more and feel better if they get off the couch and run around a bit each day. I'm also passionate about helping driven overachievers relax and learn to enjoy life more. I guess you could say I'm an advocate of the middle path.
Send your kids to Games Day to let out some energy with dodgeball, tag, soccer, frisbee, and a host of other active games. We'll also provide a variety of challenging, stimulating, and fun games with an emphasis on skillsets such as word use, basic math, multi-level thinking and strategic planning, cooperation, negotiation, understanding other perspectives, deception detection, focus, and reflexes.
Although FREE, all GAMES DAY participants must be pre-registered with a permission slip and emergency medical form on file. We hope that you will be able to take advantage of this special opportunity. Participation is limited so be sure to sign up soon, as enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis. Fun is guaranteed!GAMES DAY
Who? Boys and Girls 4th Grade and up
Where? SJR Family Resource Center
When? Mondays 3:45-4:45 pm -(Start date TBA, based on enrollment numbers)
How? Call 292-3174 or drop by San Juan Ridge FRC to enroll.