Boston Campus at The Skating Club of Boston, 1240 Soldiers Field Road, Boston
Therapeutic Skating is a unique program providing children 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 our volunteer instructors. Therapeutic Skating instructors are current competitive skaters with regional and national competitive skating experience, highly qualified basic skills coaches are teaching assistants, and active adult skaters at the Club.
The Program Director, volunteer coordinator, volunteers, and instructors work closely with each child to tailor their individual instructional needs. 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.
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.
Michael Phaneuf has been the Program Director for the Therapeutic Skating Program since 2014. He is a graduate of Babson College and has his Masters in Middle School Math Education and Special Eduction from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Special Education and English language teacher in Boston Public Schools. In addition to his duties with the program, Michael has served on the Creative Team for Ice Chips, Frog Pond Skating Spectacular, and the 2016 Evening with Champions. He is the Assistant Program Coach for Theatre on Ice of Boston, as well as the Coach for Center Stage, the 2015 and 2016 National Theatre on Ice Preliminary Champions. He is also the Head Coach for Ovation of Boston Junior Team and Co-Coach for Imagica of Boston Adult Team. As a former ice dance competitor, and a Eastern Sectional Championship medalist, Michael coaches private lessons in all disciplines, in addition to being a Group Instructor for The Skating Club of Boston’s Skating Academy. He is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and has his Registered Ratings in Group Instruction and Ice Dance.
For additional information please contact Michael Phaneuf, the Program Director, at email@example.com.
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