Occupational Therapy + Climbing

Climbing OT Class Tuesdays at 3:30 PM with Occupational Therapist Sarah Brown and Climbing Coach Laura.  More details below

Next class starts in September

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Occupational Therapist Sarah Brown & Climbing Coach Laura Bellisle

Fall Classes 2022

Interoception Class

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30

September 6 - Oct 18

Ages 6+

Interoception is one of our senses that helps us feel sensations inside our body.  Developing your sense of interoception helps with body awareness and knowing where your body is in space when doing activities like climbing.   It also helps you to identify how you feel and manage those feelings.  In our OT Interoception class, kids will complete activities on and off the climbing wall to help develop their bodies' interoception skills.  Improved interoception also helps develop better self-regulation, mindfulness, and body awareness. Hope to see you in class!

Social Skills & Problem Solving Class

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30

Oct 25 - Dec 6

Ages 10+


In this super fun class kids will work on social skills in a group setting.  Each week, the kids will work together to solve a problem while climbing as well.  Kids will learn positive social skills, learn about different roles within groups, and get a chance to practice each role .

Benefits of Climbing 

What an Occupational Therapist can teach at a climbing gym

Motor Control

  • Climbing improves core strength needed for appropriate posture and shoulder control

  • Hand-eye coordination

  • Finger and wrist strength

  • Motor planning and muscle memory

Social Skills

  • Climbing places us in a socially manageable situation

  • Climbing is an individual pursuit done in community

  • The small class size (3 students) allow an intimate, safe setting

Breathing Techniques

  • While kids are waiting to climb, our OT can work with your child to regulate emotion through breathing

  • Using many different breathing techniques, we allow kids to explore which ones work best for them

Self Regulation

  • Proprioceptive input comes into our joints & muscles as we climb

  • This input helps us know where our body is in space

  • Using the Zones of Regulation framework, we talk about how kids feel & use strategies to move from one zone to another

Meet the Sensory Friendly Team

Occupational Therapist

Sarah Brown, MS OTR/L is an occupational therapist and owner of Building Blocks Therapy, Inc. Sarah has worked with the most amazing families and kids in her over 18 years as an occupational therapist. Sarah has a strong interest helping kids improve their executive functioning, self-regulation, attention, and participation in all areas of life.


Climbing Coach

Laura Bellisle is Basecamp's owner and head coach and was trained as a social worker. She loves watching kids and their families climb, learn, and grow together. Having climbed since 2008, her climbing experience and enthusiasm for the sport translates to kids she coaches.