Cabins, Canoes, and Campfires: Guidelines for Establishing a Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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AAPC Publishing, Jun 1, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 88 pages
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Many children with autism spectrum disorders are not able to thrive in a typical summer camp due to their unique sensory and behavioral needs. Yet, like all other kids they love the camp experience. This book presents in clear and detailed terms what it takes to put on a camp that takes into consider-ation the special needs of children on the autism spectrum.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Social Skills
2
Sensory System
3
Purpose of This Book
4
Creating a Camp Plan
7
Sharing the Vision
8
Choosing a Facility
10
Program Activities
12
TShirts
35
Grouping Campers
36
Cabin Supplies
39
Campwide Supplies
40
Volunteer and Peer Training
41
Adult Volunteers
42
Peers
43
The Camp Experience
45

MixedGender Cabins
13
Insurance
14
Coming up with Funding
15
Recruitment
16
Evaluation and FollowUp
18
Preparation for Camp
19
Peers
24
Adult Volunteers
25
PreCamp Packet for Campers
30
Parent Information
31
Miscellaneous Forms
32
Finalizing the Details
33
Opening of Camp
49
Finding and Settling in the Cabin
50
Programming
51
WakeUp and Breakfast Routine
52
Evening Activities
56
Closing of Camp
59
Final WrapUp
60
Appendix
63
Group Activities
64
List of Games
73
Additional Resources
74
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JILL HUDSON, M.S., CCLS, is a certified child life specialist trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and with a graduate degree in autism and Asperger Syndrome from the University of Kansas. She has worked with children of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses and disabilities. In addition, she has participated in many camp programs as a participant, facilitator and administrator.

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