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Friday, March 20, 2015

Summer 2015 - Programs, Camps, Social Groups for Autism

Now that spring is finally here, the flyers for summer programs for kids with autism are filling my inbox faster than I can share them with you. There are honestly more camps and groups than I can keep up with - which is a great problem to have! - but we will try to share as many as possible here and on our Facebook page.

An excellent place to start researching summer activities that welcome children and teens with autism is the ASNCOC Summer Camps + Programs list from 2014. The vast majority of programs are still available this year, and there are detailed descriptions of them on the list. In addition, these are some newcomers for 2015:

3 Irish Jewels Farm
http://www.3irishjewelsfarm.org/ Cary, NC

Camp Bluebird (Track-out program and Summer Camp)
Grades K-8, special needs only.

Recreational activities such as horticulture, water play, social time, arts & crafts, simple culinary skills.
Min or Max number of weeks can attend: 3 week sessions, no maximum
Dates of sessions: Summer Camp: July 1-24, 2015, 8:30am - 1pm
Track-out (Wake County Schools Track 4): March 30-April 17, 2015 / July 1-24, 2015 / October 1-21, 2015 / January 4-22, 2016
Cost per session: $525 per 3 week session

Take Flight Social Clubs
Group I: Grades 9-12 / Group II: Ages 18+, special needs only

Supervised outings and activities, such as movies, eating out, bowling, cooking classes, and hanging out together.
Dates of sessions: Select Saturday evenings, 6-9pm
Cost per session: $10 per Saturday, plus any cost of specific outings
Contact: Erin O'Loughlin: Erin @3IrishJewelsFarm.org or 919-602-9883


Just Right Academy Campus
http://justrightacademy.org/ Durham, NC

Camp Hope

Ages 4–16; older campers will be helpers
Adult to child ratio 1:2 or 1:3 depending on child’s specific need. One-on-ones are welcome to attend. 

Camp Hope is designed for children with developmental delays, communication disorders and autism. Activities at Camp Hope will be modified or adapted to meet the needs and skill level of the camper. Camp Hope will incorporate therapeutic ideals from many disciplines: therapeutic recreation, sensory integration, Social Thinking®, yoga, dance, and music therapy. Activities include team games, sensory time, water play, arts and crafts, dance and music.

Dates of session: August 3–7, 9am–3pm
Cost per session: $350, some tuition assistance and scholarships available 
Contact: Courtney Wilson, Camp Director: crw0301@aol.com or 919-771-5802 (call or text)

Camp Accolade

Ages 7-13
Adult to child ration 1:2

Camp Accolade is for kids who struggle with emotional and behavioral disorders. It offers children who have previously been unsuccessful in typical summer camp settings the opportunity to enjoy a safe, structured, empowering experience, with the main focus of having fun. The camp is designed to maximize the opportunities for fun, socialization, self-control, new experiences, and just being a kid, while minimizing the potential for outbursts, and turning outbursts into safe, therapeutic growth opportunities. There will also be weekly family discussions and educational programs.

Dates of session: One three week camp from July 13-31, 2015, 9am-3pm
Cost per session: $1600, possible financial aid available
Contact: Eric Laures, Camp Director: campaccolade@gmail.com

Developmental Therapy Associates
http://www.developmentaltherapy.com/ Offices in Cary and Durham, NC

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! (Cary location)

Ages 4 and 5
Group size: 4 children

A small group program that will encourage and support your preschooler with necessary skills needed to be “ready” for Kindergarten. Goals will include providing sensorimotor foundations which encourage establishment of hand dominance, improving dexterity and manipulation skills, facilitation of tool use and scissor cutting, developing greater control of coloring, drawing, beginning letter formation, and appropriate social interactions with peers.

The group will be led by Evelyn Bonano, an experienced Occupational Therapist with expertise in child development.

Dates of sessions:July 6-10, 2015, 9am-11am
Cost per session: $250
Contact: Cary front office at 919-465-3966 to register for the group or to get more information

DTA also has ongoing social skills groups and bike riding clinics available during the summer, as well as a new class called Baby Sense! that helps parents learn to read the non-verbal cues of their infants and toddlers. Visit their website for the current list of programs.

Embrace: A Therapeutic Educational Program
http://www.embraceautismnow.com/ Durham, NC

Morning Programs:

Ages 3-6 (children who do not have significant language delays)

Adult to child ratio 1:3

In addition to fun, themed camp activities, kids in the summer Dynamites group will develop social thinking, social communication, cooperative play, group learning skills and flexibility.

Week 1: July 6-10 Stretch + Grow: Sensory, movement games, relays, and more
Week 2: July 13-17 Nature Week: Observations, fairy houses, and geocaching
Week 3: July 20-24 Recycled Art: Create robots, jewelry, flower pots, and more
Week 4: July 27-31 Music and Drama: Learn fun songs and act out stories
Week 5: August 3-7 Open week (for extra interest in a certain theme)

Session times: 9am-12pm daily. Lunch bunch is also offered from 12-12:30pm.
Cost per session: $25/hour. Lunch bunch is $25/week. (Those with insurance, contact for rates.)

Afternoon Programs:

Ages 7+

For children 7 years and older, we will be offering our social group format, with individual program plans and groupings based on shared interests. All of our programs are designed to provide positive social experiences and appropriate and successful interactions with peers.

Mondays and Wednesdays 2-4pm Spectaculars: elementary and middle school ages with a focus on creative projects (Legos, maps, trains, and drama)

Tuesdays 2-4pm Digital Meet-up: teens with an interest in gaming, videos, and technology will develop skills of face-to-face interactions through sharing common digital interests.

Thursdays 2-3:30pm Fitness Friends: for ages 6-16 who are developing skills in expressive language, attending to adults, and responding to physical and athletic engagement.

Date of sessions: July 6-August 7, 2015
Cost per session: $40/hour

Contact: Email: embrace.autism.now@gmail.com or 919-213-9845

Know of any more good summer programs for kids, teens, or young adults on the spectrum? Please leave us a note!

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