Summer Programs for Autism Spectrum Kids
Any ideas regarding summer camps and programs for teens with Aspergers? I would like ideas and feedback regarding programs in the area.
Hi, My daughter and her friends, all on the ''spectrum'', have spent several wondeful summers at Cal Camp at Strawberry Canyon . They have a wonderful program that is focused on building social skills and competence. Dr. Jennifer Selke, the program director, is very knowlegable and knows how to integrate the special teens into the program. The program offers tons of support. You can reach Jennifer at 510-642-7648 or email her at jenn8 [at] berkeley.edu. Please tell her that Varda says: ''Hi''. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Can anyone recommend a summer camp in the East Bay for my son who will be 6 and on the high functioning spectrum/aspergers? He needs a program that emphasizes social skills and teaching focus/staying on task as a prep for mainstreaming in 1st grade. thanks L.
Hi, We have had our daughter who is higher functioning ASD at Glitter and Razz camp(www.glitterandrazz.com) both the last few summers and during school breaks. It is a children's acting and art camp where they do an amazing job following the children's lead to wherever their ideas and minds take them. It is simply the most creative, most amazing environment for ALL kids you can imagine. Our daughter has been successfully included and able to fully participate in ways we have not seen in other camps. The program works because it is done right for ALL kids. The two women who run the camp 'get it' like few adults I have come across. We cannot wait till our 'typical' younger child gets to attend their programs as well. anon
Hi L! I have been involved with This Land is Your Land Summer Day Camp for several years now and I would highly recommend this camp for for your son. The camp directors have extensive experience in dealing with children on the high- functioning spectrum/aspergers and they and their counselors are kind, loving and extremely sensitive to all of the issues of their campers. This camp blends the exciting science and nature studies developed by Sarah Shaffer with art, music, hiking, swimming, and outdoor games. Campers complete and take home one or more science projects daily and get to spend quality time outdoors at Tilden Park, Roberts Regional Park, or Little Hills park. You can check out the website: www.sarahscience.com or call the office (510) 581-3739 for additional information or to discuss you child's special needs directly with Sarah. Kathy
Kaleidoscope Unlimited at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts was created in 2002 by a group of professionals dedicated to increasing access to arts participation for children with special needs. This fun and challenging two-week camp offers an exciting integrated arts curriculum, developed by artists, teachers and therapists for children with Asperger's Syndrome. Daily practice in social skills as well as fun outdoor activities round out the day for this arts-rich program. Campers will work with a lead teaching artist and participate in theater, dance, music and visual art sessions. Over the course of two weeks, we will work together to create a play from the Kaleidoscope Unlimited campers' original ideas. Camp dates: 8/16 - 8/27, Monday- Friday, 9am-2pm. Tuition: $ 575.00 Mention the Berkeley Parents Network and get 25.00 off the price of tuition! Call Melissa (510)845-8542 x301 for information and to register or go to www.juliamorgan.org