Most Rainbow U participants begin their days with two very important courses: The Daily and Brain Daily. Each have very different curricula and goals. Both help prepare individuals for the rest of their day. Learn about them below.
What’s happening—in your home, your town, your country, your world? This interactive current events group focuses on orienting individuals to the world around them. Clients discuss the week’s activities including what’s showing on movie night, weekend outings and other special events, “Today in History”, birthdays and major news from around the globe.
The course is facilitated by rehab techs who focus on placing positive, inspirational news in the spotlight. A few minutes are spent socializing about individual plans for the day.
Participants select topics that they want to comment on, and all group members get involved in discussion. Opinions are formed and always welcomed in this group.
Clients have responded positively to The Daily as evidenced by their eagerness to socialize within the group, their prolonged attention, and their discussions at lunch about topics discussed that morning.
Waking our bodies and minds with a little exercise each day helps us to be productive, and Brain Daily does just that. It’s a series of physical activities designed to stimulate the brain and enhance learning ability.
Clients begin their Rainbow U day with a 20-30 minute routine of active and passive movements to encourage alertness and attention while awakening muscles in their bodies.
The sequence varies from session to session, but typically includes water for hydration, breathing exercises to calm the nervous system and cross midline movements to activate both left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Clients are encouraged to participate according to their abilities, and all the exercises can be adapted for those who have limited strength and mobility.
Tim Kowalczyk, coordinator of Rainbow U noted, “By the end of the quarter, clients have become comfortable with the routine, push their bodies further, and even remind the instructor of favorite stretches that they ‘forgot’ or completed out of order.”