Therapeutic Skating

Skating Academy coach working with a student on the ice

Boston Campus at The Skating Club of Boston, 1240 Soldiers Field Road, Boston


Therapeutic Skating is a unique program providing children and young adults with disabilities access to the sport of figure skating by offering them an opportunity to participate in a specialized skating experience.

Coaches & Instructors

Students receive 40 minutes of individualized instruction from certified U.S. Figure Skating and Professional Skating Association skating instructors. Therapeutic Skating instructors are current competitive skaters with regional and national competitive skating experience, as well as highly qualified basic skills coaches in the the field.

Skating instructor and studentSkating Sessions

The Program Director, coaches, and instructors work closely with each child to determine the best setting for them. Typically new students begin their lessons with an instructor during a one-on-one session. However, over time, the program can help students develop social skills that encourage them to move into small group instruction which consist of one coach and a maximum of 3 students.

For many skaters, there have been amazing transformations week to week, and session to session. Not only have they gained skating skills, they have also developed and progressed socially — improving in basic social skills and building self-confidence that transfers to their daily lives.

Community

Many parents enjoy seeing their child develop and progress in the sport of figure skating and have also come to enjoy the company of other parents in the program. They have served as wonderful resources and support for each other.

Program Director

Michael PhaneufMichael Phaneuf
skatetherapy@skatingacademy.org

Michael has been a Basic Skills instructor for all levels and ages at both the Frog Pond and Boston Campuses, and has served as a Camp Counselor for The Skating Club of Boston’s Summer Camp. He is the Assistant Coach and member of national and international Theatre On Ice champions, Imagica of Boston.

Michael is a former ice dancer, competing at both the regional and sectional levels. He has completed his Pre-Gold Pattern Dance and his Silver Free Dance Tests, along with his Intermediate Free Style Test. Michael has experience coaching groups, teams and offers private lessons. He is a graduate of Babson College and has a Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts, with a focus in Middle School Math and Special Education. He is currently a Special Education Teacher in Boston Public Schools and is licensed in Special Education, Middle School Math, and English as a Second Language.

Michael is a member of the PSA and has his Basic Accreditation and is a Registered Basic Skills Coach with U.S. Figure Skating.

Enrollment

For additional information please contact Michael Phaneuf, the Program Director, at skatetherapy@skatingacademy.org.

Instructor and skating student

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