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Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 Autism Summer Camps, Social Skills Groups, and Other Options

Wondering how to keep your child with autism busy, engaged, and having fun this summer? The Autism Society of North Carolina Orange Chatham Chapter (ASNCOC) recently held its annual Summer Options Fair, which was attended by a number of area camps, therapists, and other providers. Don't worry if you couldn't make it to the event; this is the complete guide to the presenters at the fair. There is something for almost everyone on the spectrum, including inclusive or special needs-only camps, options for teens and young adults, and summer activities for all ranges of abilities. Please share this guide with anyone that you think might find it helpful.

Alliance of Disability Advocates North Carolina Youth Leadership

www.ncylf.org NC State Campus

Ages 15-28 Only Youth with Disabilities Staff Ratio: 2:5 staff, but a lot of it is support staff for the entire event that can help fill in where necessary.
Youth Leadership Forum supports and teaches transition skills. Transitioning hs/college to work, moving from home, independent living skills, finding one’s voice, identifying one’s strengths and leadership style. Staying on a college campus on their own allows them to experience independence in a new way

Min or Max number of weeks can attend: 1 Week only
Dates of sessions: July 8-12, 2013

Cost per session: FREE! Financial Aid Available: N/A
Date registration opens: NOW until March 29, 2013


A Place to Grow 

www.aplacetogrowtherapy.com Durham, NC

Camps are broken into 3 different age groups (age limits can be flexible).
Generally special needs only. Sibling/friend slots may be available

Children need to be verbal able to function in a small group setting of 4-5 kids with 2-3 adults. Clinic director will assess child prior to registration. Activities will be catered to the needs of the group but in general the camps will include gym time (obstacle courses, movement stations, movement games), outdoor playground time, sensory play, games, cooking/snack time and crafts! Though having fun and making friends is a big goal, the camps will be therapeutic in nature.

There is no minimum or maximum number of weeks children can attend.

The camps will run from 9-12 Monday - Thursday (4 days) on the following dates:

June 24 - June 27th - 7-9 year olds
July 15 - July 18th - 9-11 year olds
August 5th - August 8th - 4 - 6 year olds

Cost per session: $450
Financial Aid Available: There is no financial aid available.
Date registration opens: February 1, 2013

ARC - Summer Work & Wellness Program

http://www.arcoforange.org/summer_work_wellness_program Chapel Hill, NC

Ages 15-22 Staff Ratio 1:1 Contact us immediately if not on the Innovations Waiver.
Special Needs Only - Participants participate in community based vocational & social settings.

Monday - Thursday vocational training in the morning and swimming, music therapy, nature walks, learning the public transit and many other activities for the afternoon. On Friday’s we have what we call Fun Friday and we do not work that day but just do something fun such as a cookout at Jordan Lake, Asheboro Zoo, Wet N’ Wild and more.

Negotiable but we prefer 7 week commitment out of the 9 weeks available.
Dates of sessions: June 17th to August 15th

Cost per session: $160 a week (includes all activity costs; meals not included).
Financial Aid Available: Yes
Date registration opens: TBA (Will take contact information and contact those who signed up when registration opens.)

Autism Support & Advocacy

www.ausupportandadvocacy.com Durham, NC

Program 1: WELL Program
High School - Special Needs Only Staff Ratio 1:3
The structure, schedule, and content of this program is geared towards individuals on the Autism Spectrum (or related disorder) who are pursuing a high school diploma, including those students who participate in the Occupational Course of Study Program.

The focus is to build experience, exposure, and skill in the areas of employment and daily living, as well as to enhance their social development. This is accomplished through a variety of avenues, including: direct instruction, group projects, initiatives, hands-on experiences, exercise classes, and community based activities.

Dates of sessions: Monday - Friday, June 24th - July 19th, 9:00 - 5:00

Cost per session: $150 per week
Financial Aid Available: None
Date registration opens: March 15

Program 2: Little CHEFS
Ages/Grades served: 4-6 years olds Staff Ratio 1:3 Inclusive
Therapeutic cooking class, for 4-6 year olds, run during the summer in collaboration with Talk About It! Speech and Language Therapy Services. Purpose is to enhance language development and social skills.

Dates of sessions & cost: TBA
Financial Aid Available: No
Date registration opens: April 1st


www.ymcatriangle.org Raleigh, NC

Ages 5-15 (exceptions made) Staff Ratio 1:3 Social Skills and 1:2 Building Blocks

Special Needs (YMCA does provide inclusion with our traditional summer day camp) Our camp serves many children on the Autism Spectrum but serves a variety of special needs. Our camp is divided into sessions, Social Skills and Building Blocks. Social Skills serves higher functioning children who are more independent while Building Blocks serves children who typically need more assistance and/or are non-verbal or have not mastered self-help skills. A child would not be a fit for both sessions.

Campers will participate in a variety of activities including dodgeball, tag games, arts and crafts, scooters, swimming, scavenger hunts, sensory activities, and much more.

Sessions are 2 weeks long and cannot be split. Campers can attend up to 4 weeks at either branch (Kraft or Finley), or up to 8 weeks if they go between both branches.
Dates of sessions: Every two weeks beginning June 24-August 16

Cost per session: $432 for Y members and $496 for program participants
Financial Aid Available: Yes, by application
Date registration opens: March 18

Camp Shelan

www.levinjcc.org/camp Durham, NC

Ages/Grades served: 5-11 Inclusive Staff Ratio 1:9, with additional Inclusion staff.
Traditional Camp: Swimming, arts, sports, games, music, nature, cooking, field trips. Specialty camps: Art, Sports, Circus, or Lego Engineering

Dates of sessions: June 17-Aug 16, no min or max weeks to attend

Cost per session: $229 for Traditional Camp, $260-$280 for Specialty camps. JCC Member discount available
Financial Aid Available: Yes – scholarships for campers with special need ($100/wk up to $300, while funds last) and need-based financial aid
Date registration opens: January 15

Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation

www.townofchapelhill.org/register Chapel Hill, NC

Full Day Camps for Rising 1 -5 grade
Inclusive or special Needs only: Inclusive
Activities include: outside hikes, arts & crafts, competitions, board games, swimming, special guests, field trips, and community projects. Early drop-off 7:30-9:00 am and after camp care 4:00-6:00 pm) Structured activities 9:00 am- 4:00pm.

Min or Max number of weeks can attend: 2 week sessions
Dates of sessions: June 17 – Aug.9

Sessions A,C & D $168 Residents of Chapel Hill & Orange County $202 non-residents
Session B $153 Residents of Chapel Hill & Orange County $184 non-residents (no camp 7/4)
Financial Aid Available: For residents who meet the income requirements

Date registration opens: Chapel Hill residents- February 4, Orange County residents- February 11, Non-residents- February 18

Full Day Camps for Rising 6-9 grade

Inclusive or special Needs only: Inclusive
The structured recreational curriculum includes arts and crafts, swimming, movies, field trips, games, character education, book club, cooking, sewing, dancing, lots of outdoor activities (when weather permits) and much more. Academic support is provided for those attending summer school. Appropriate behavior is expected of all participants and accepting differences is instilled from day one.

Min or Max number of weeks can attend: 1 week
Dates of sessions: June 17 – Aug.9

Sessions A, B, D, E, F, G & H $70 Residents of Chapel Hill & Orange County $84 Non-residents. Session C $56 Residents of Chapel Hill & Orange County $70 Non-residents (no camp July 4)
Financial Aid Available: For residents who apply and meet income requirements

Date registration opens: Chapel Hill residents- February 4, Orange County residents- February 11, Non-residents- February 18

Community Clay Studio Art Camp Chapel Hill NC

Ages 6-9: 9 am-Noon / Ages 9-13: 1-4 pm
Inclusive or special Needs only: Inclusive
Half-day camp offers a fun and immersive experience with clay, from handbuilding to glazing and art projects in other media while the clay is firing.

Min or Max number of weeks can attend: 2 week sessions
Dates of Sessions: June 10-21; July 8-19; July 22-August 2; August 5 – 16

Play-Well TEKnologies: Summer Camps Ages 5-12

Inclusive or special Needs only: Inclusive
Explore mechanisms and structural design through the use of LEGO®. Campers build motorized machines, catapults, pyramids, demolition derby cars, truss and suspension bridges, buildings and much more.

Dates of sessions: Aug. 12-16 and Aug. 19-23
Financial Aid Available: None available

Date registration opens: Chapel Hill residents- February 4, Orange County residents- February 11, Non-residents- February 18

Other camps/clinics include: theater camp, youth basketball clinic, youth volleyball clinic, ultimate Frisbee clinic. Outdoor Jump Start Sports Camp. See brochure for more info.

Camp Royall

www.camproyall.org Pittsboro, NC

Ages 4 – older adults Staff Ratio 1:1 is provided for most, some groups of 2 or 3
Specifically serving those on the autism spectrum, this is the Autism Society of North Carolina's camp. Only residents of NC.
Short description of activities: Typical outdoor summer sleep away camp activities just done in a very structured and specialized way. Arts and crafts, boating, hiking, hay riding, swimming (lots of it), zap lines, horseback riding, campfires and more.

Min or Max number of weeks can attend: Only one week per camper
Dates of sessions: June 2-August 9, 2013 (10 individual 1-week sessions grouped by age)

Cost per session: $1,600 though we offer a voluntary tier system of $1,150 or $750
Financial Aid Available: Yes.

Date registration opens: January 7th - February 20th is our online registration period for our camper lottery. You must register during this time to get placed in a spot at camp.

Emerge-A Child's Place

www.emergeachildsplace.com Durham, NC

Birth-18, preschool through elementary for groups and programs.
Summer programs are geared to children who need skill building in a specific area.
Children need to be screened at Emerge (no charge) to determine placement.
Wide range of therapeutic activities depending on program. May include games, gym play, arts and crafts, cooking, writing, pretend play.

No maximum amount of sessions, minimum depends on program
Multiple sessions throughout the summer
June 10th-August 15th

Cost per session: 
Depends on camp: $295-$950
Financial Aid Available:
 Not through Emerge. Some families have received assistance through First in Families. In addition, some costs may be recouped through health insurance.
Date registration opens: 
February 1, and you can register on website, mail or fax forms


http://www.iaspireofnc.org Cary, NC

Ages 14-24 (exceptions are considered and all participants are interviewed to ensure that the programs are appropriate to their skill and development level)
iASPIRE serves teens and young adults with Aspergers Syndrome or High Functioning Autism between the ages of 14-24 (sometimes siblings participate)
Different programs have different ratios, depending on the size of the group. Bowling is a parent participation group.

We offer Social, Daily Living, Educational and Recreational Programs. iASPIRE programs are designed to connect individuals with Aspergers to the personal strengths, their families and the people that love them, and the community in which they live and work.

Each program runs for different amount of classes. Bowling 10 weeks, Cooking 8 classes, Taekwondo 8 Weeks, and there are some mini classes and volunteer opportunities.

Dates of sessions: Vary with each program and are announced as they open through a network of providers, agencies, schools, TEACCH, the Autism advocacy agencies.

Cost per session: Vary per program
Financial Aid Available: No.
Date registration opens: Each program runs its number of classes and in repeated throughout the year (not just summer)

Mariposa School’s Social Butterflies

http://www.mariposaschool.org Cary, NC

Ages 3-16 years old Staff Ratio 1:3 or 1:4 ratio
Inclusive or Special Needs only: Inclusive

Children must have a communication form established and be able to request his or her basic wants and needs without intense instruction. The child must engage in behavior that is not harmful or dangerous to self or the learning of others in a group setting.

Social Butterflies primary focus is teaching social skills to children with Autism and other related disabilities using ABA/VB instruction. Student goals are individualized and progress is tracked and reported to parents at team meeting.
All activities are centered on fun themes in an environment that supports language and learning development. Activities include group games, water play, cooking, music, and art!

Min or Max number of weeks can attend: 3 or 6 weeks
Dates of sessions: July 8th – August 16th 2013

Cost per session: $550 per week for full-day, $325 per week for half-day
Financial Aid Available: Limited; some insurance plans may cover ABA services
Date registration opens: February 1

North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center 

www.nctrcriders.org Mebane, NC

Ages 8 -16 Staff Ratio 1:1
Inclusive or Special Needs only: Inclusive Pre-assessment with OT or PT
Equestrian camp which includes crafts and farm activities.

Dates of sessions: July 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29 - Aug 2

Cost per session: $350.00
Financial Aid Available: Yes, up to 50% of tuition
Date registration opens: February 1

Piedmont Wildlife Center Camps

http://www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org/summer-camps/ Durham, NC
Ages/Grades served 4 - 18
Inclusive or Special Needs only: Inclusive
Nature related activities including earth awareness, learning about wetlands, wilderness skills or music painting and crafts.

Min or Max number of weeks can attend: no limit
Dates of sessions: various one week camps from June 10 – August 23

Cost per session: $550 for PWC members, $575 for non-members. Day camp option also available: $215 for members, $240 for non-members. Extended care is $55 a week, and a family membership is $35.

Financial Aid Available: Some scholarship options available.
Date registration opens: Open now. Early registration discount until March 15. Contact Gail Abrams at camp@piedmontwildlifecenter.com with any questions.

Solomon Kobes, LCSW

www.solomonLCSW.com Chapel Hill, NC
Ages served K through college
Social skills therapy groups for autism, ADHD only. Individual therapy is inclusive.
Games and direct instruction to facilitate social interaction.

Dates of sessions: TBD

Cost per session: $50
Financial Aid Available: Yes. Medicaid accepted. May be reimbursable by insurance.

Reality Ministry 

http://realityministriesinc.org/realfriends Durham, NC

Inclusive or Special Needs only: Inclusive
One group-ages 14-25 Another group-Over 25
Activities throughout the year, include Tuesday Night Live (TNL) gatherings, Pass the Peas dinners at Blacknall Presbyterian Church, Girls’ & Guys’ Nights at the Reality Center, the Kings & Queens Dance, the Real Friends Talent Show, Daytime at the RC, summer outings & camps, field trips and Bible study groups.

TNL is a joyful evening full of laughter, singing, food and fun. On alternating weeks our Teen/Young Adult (14-25 years old) group and our Adult group (over 25 years old) gather for pizza, group games, singing, and a short message from the Bible. Each friend with disabilities is matched one-on-one with a volunteer “buddy” for the evening. Our volunteers include high school students through adults from the community.

Cost: Free

Surfers Healing

www.surfershealing.org Wilmington, NC, Folly Beach, SC

Inclusive or Special Needs only: Autism Only
Each child/youth will surf for 30 minutes with a professional surfer who has worked with people with Autism.

Min or Max number of weeks can attend: one day only each location
Dates: TBA Just one day in later part of August

Cost: Free

Financial Aid Resources:


First in Families

Central Carolina First In Families is a nonprofit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injury in Orange, Person and Chatham Counties. Assistance is available for families for a variety of requests including respite, summer camp, therapy, household goods and furniture. Applicants must live in Orange, Person or Chatham counties to qualify (other counties are served through other FIF programs), have an income of 65,000 after taxes, and the request must benefit the person with the disability.

For more information on how to apply contact Peter Mora, Resource Consultant at 919-251-8368 or centralcarolinafif@fifnc.org. You can learn more about volunteering with FIF, our other programs and our work statewide at www.fifnc.org.

* Please note: We strive to provide accurate information about pricing, dates, applications, etc., but parents should confirm details directly with the programs in which they are interested. CHART is not responsible for any changes in prices or programs. Thank you. 

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