Keeping It Cool Day Camp for Youth on the Autism Spectrum
There’s a new “cool” kid in town this summer – and it’s you! Work your brain and body through expressive arts, mindfulness and recreational activities, and small group fun – all with the intent of helping address behaviors, emotions and other challenges that may be affecting a successful home, school or social life. Activities focus on healthy brain development within a trauma-informed environment, and are tailored to fit the camper’s developmental stage. Campers must be able to function independently and successfully within a 5:1 ratio, verbally communicate their needs and be independent on all daily living skills.
Campers who experience social and emotional challenges learn new coping skills and ways to express themselves. Specialized small and large group sessions focus on regulating challenging behaviors and provide coping mechanisms. Information is sent home daily with tips and tools for parents/caregivers to reinforce learning.
Each day incorporates elements of healthy brain development, with educational and therapeutic activities designed to fit a child’s developmental stage. Daily activities include expressive arts (i.e., drumming, dancing, visual art, singing, gardening), service projects, mindfulness activity (i.e., yoga, meditation), and structured outdoor/indoor recreation (i.e., kickball, basketball). Snack and lunch are included.
Activities are based on the “6 R’s” used to create a trauma-informed environment: Rhythmic (songs, dances, drums
Respectful – connecting with each other through service, art, dance and music), Repetitive (structured daily schedule for consistency and predictability), Rewarding (failure-free environment that emphasizes individual successes), Relevant (select times to choose preferred activities), and Relational (opportunity to form health relationships with peers and adults).
Registration is limited to 10 campers.