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About Us

Yaba Daba Therapeutic Recreation uses music, movement, drama and fun to offer engaging, purposeful recreational programs for all ages and abilities. 

Sam Smadella Albert R/TRO

Sam is a Registered Recreation Therapist through Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO). She completed her Bachelor of Arts at University Of Ottawa before continuing education at Algonquin College, McMaster University, and other specialized healthcare education programs. She completed the post-graduate Therapeutic Recreation Program at Algonquin College in 2022 and holds certificates in pediatric palliative care (Sick Kids), general palliative care (Algonquin College), behavioural therapy (ABA, RBT), Attachment-based interventions (DIR Floortime), primitive reflex integration (Rhythmic Movement Training), grief and end-of-life care/coaching (Algonquin College, Sick Kids, Palliative Always - In progress), children's yoga and fitness (CanFit, Yoga For The Special Child, Rainbow Kids Yoga), music therapies (University of Florida), and more. She is working towards certification as a Child Life Specialist, and is also completing coursework in cognitive behaviour therapy. Prior to becoming a recreation therapist, Sam worked as a Pediatric Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist Assistant (PTA/OTA) as well as Director of Project Development at a pediatric clinic. She is experienced in working with children of all abilities, and has extensive knowledge on sensory systems, behavioural interventions, and child development. Sam is currently involved in many organizations and works as a recreation therapist at Roger Neilson House (Children's Palliative Care and Hospice) and Play On Pediatric Therapies. She is a virtual music specialist with CNIB Lake Joe, a camp for individuals who are blind or have low-vision. She facilitates music programs for Lotus Centre for Special Music Education and fills in as needed with Early Years Ontario. She enjoys teaching drama and musical theatre to children at Kanata Acting Studio, and loves to volunteer as a wish granter at Make A Wish Foundation Canada. 

When not working, Sam loves spending time with her two children and her many pets, playing guitar and travelling. 

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