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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer 2014 Social Skills Groups & More

Back in January, we shared the ASNCOC autism summer camp list with you. Since then, we've received a flood of information on additional summer activities, particularly social skills groups. We've compiled a list below, but there are surely even more that we have forgotten; if you know of any other great summer programs for kids or adults with autism, please leave a comment below!


Access: A Social Skills Group for Teens:

Led by Katie Brady, LCSW at the CAT-Campus in Durham, Access is a group for teens with Asperger's / HFA. Concepts covered include:
  • Social Thinking
  • Using appropriate communication / social skills on the Internet and social media
  • Exploring social themes through current events and pop culture
  • Practicing new social skills in a structured environment
Session 1: Monday, June 16th - Friday, June 20th from 9am-1pm

Session 2: Monday, June 23rd - Friday, June 27th from 9am - 1pm

For more information, contact Katie Brady at 919-360-0408 or katie.brady.lcsw@gmail.com.

Developmental Therapy Associates: 


Social Success: A small group program that encourages children to develop connections with peers through play, forming and sharing ideas, and planning/executing sensory motor activities. Sessions are lead by 2 occupational therapists and limited to 4 children. Cost: $450

Session 1: June 16th-20th from 9-10:30am for 4-6 year olds

Session 2: July 14th- 18th from 9-10:30am for 7-10 year olds

Additional sessions may be offered if there is sufficient demand. Contact the DTA office in Durham at 919-493-7002 to register.

Bike riding at DTA

Bike Riding Clinic: Arranged by private appointment, DTA  offers 1 to 1 bike riding clinics with an occupational therapist to help children with motor planning issues or dispraxia learn to ride a bicycle. Offered in Durham and Cary locations. $50 per 30 minute session.

Emerge - A Child's Place:

The sensory gym at Emerge
Junior Explorers & Senior Explorers: These programs are designed to help children develop social skills, build self-confidence, learn how to negotiate friendships, and develop strategies for self-regulation and problem solving. Based on concepts from "How Does Your Engine Run?" and Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking program. Groups are led by an occupational therapist and a speech-language pathologist and are limited to 6 children per group. Cost: $750 for an 8 week session. Contact Emerge at 919-928-0204 for more information.

Junior Explorers for children 5-8 years old: Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm. June 18th - August 13th (no session July 2)

Senior Explorers for children 8-10 years old: Mondays from 3:30-5pm. June 16th - August 11th (no session June 30th)


iASPIRE has a number of ongoing sessions for teens and young adults with Asperger's / HFA ages 14-24 years old. Their programs are designed to offer the best possible outcomes toward improved social skills and self-esteem toward independent living for a successful future in the community, at home, at work and in the community. Current offerings include:
  • Tae Kwon Do (ages 10 and up)
  • Basic Cooking I and II
  • iASPIRE 2 Bowl
  • Cary Nights Social Outings


KAMPN4autism at Appalachian State:

 KAMPN4autism is an overnight camp for children with autism and their families. The overnight camping program includes hiking, music, art, and activities at Camp Cogger in Deep Gap, NC. The camp is staffed in part by ASU students of Special Education. There are 7 overnight camping sessions, limited to 4 families per session. The camp is free, but spaces fill up quickly. For questions, contact Dr. Jim Taylor at 828-264-0054 or email at kampn4autism@gmail.com. 

Session Dates: July 4-6, July 8-9, July 11-13, July 15-16, July 18-20, July 22-23, and July 25-27.


Solomon Kobes: Summer Social Groups for Kids/Teens with ADHD/Asperger's/HFA

Solomon Kobes is offering a series of summer social groups for boys ages 7-18 and girls ages 14-17 years. Groups meet weekly for 7 weeks, starting the week of June 23rd.

Participants will enjoy games and activities aimed to encourage sportsmanship, cooperation, non-verbal communication, and social boundaries. The therapist will provide a safe, structured environment and reinforce skills with direct instruction. These abbreviated versions of the school year groups are a great way for kids and teens to sharpen social skills, explore a therapy group without an expectation of longer term commitment, and of course have fun!

Meetings are held at 101 Conner Drive, Suite 203, near University Mall in Chapel Hill. Services are insurance reimbursable as out-of-network, and are fully covered by Medicaid. Visit his website for details on summer social group times. For questions, please contact Solomon Kobes at 919-240-5548 or therapist@solomonlcsw.com.

Wondering how to survive those times when your child is not in summer camp or at a social skills group? Be sure to check out our post Summer Ahead: The 5 "S"s to Make It a Great One!

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