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Debbie Jaffe-Gower first truly understood just how important play was to a healthy childhood when she started her career as an occupational therapist (OT) working with at-risk youth in Los Angeles group homes. She saw these children using play to take risks, explore, and experiment, often transcending the difficult reality in which they lived. Building from this formative experience, Debbie built a focus on play into her work, first as an OT, and then, after earning her MBA, as a consultant for Disney and Nickelodeon.
Debbie was drawn to TimberNook because she recognized that this program would help provide her two sweet boys with the skills that they will need in an increasingly complex world. As an OT, Debbie was delighted to see how built in free play encouraged kids to spin, climb, get dirty, and take appropriate risks. As a mother, she was thrilled to realize how this physical play fosters creativity, problem-solving and highly interactive collaboration.
Debbie carefully selected the site for her TimberNook camp in San Luis Obispo to provide the ideal surroundings to stimulate imaginative and interactive play. The location offers ideal landscapes for exploration - from a seasonal creek that rings with the sounds of croaking frogs, to the the muddy banks with their symphonies of squelching sensory experiences. She is excited for the children of California’s central coast to play the TimberNook way.