COVID accommodations being made.
Children with SPD often feel that no matter how hard they try, they are always getting into trouble. This occurs because sensory signals do not get transmitted and/or interpreted as they should, resulting in high or low arousal states which further compounds the issue. Labeling behaviors does little but make a child feel embarrassed or ashamed, still uncertain about how to behave like their peers. Supporting a child's arousal state, in-the-moment, helps the child to be more available to process “what just happened?!” and to then learn how to more appropriately respond “next time” The child learns to identify feelings and express themselves in words instead of “bad behavior." As self-regulation strategies are taught and shared among group members, children better understand themselves and others. Such interactions foster acceptance and positive self-esteem.
Our constant emphasis is supporting desired behavior through positive recognition with little to no response given for undesired behavior. We strive to notice and support your child for ANY effort they make to manage their emotions and control their responses, whether or not they get it completely right or not. Old patterns are replaced with more favorable responses when praise and recognition are given for all noticeable efforts. Success is achieved when feeling out-of-control emotionally shifts to feeling in-control. To ensure positive support for challenging moments, we incorporate therapeutic principles from "How Does Your Engine Run?”, The Nurtured Heart Approach, and DIRFloortime® .
Structure of each Day
A group of 8 to 10 campers will gather at-large 3 times during each day's session. At the first, the overall plan for the day is reviewed and the main principles of self-regulation are discussed. The group meets again during snack and at the end of the day's session to review the how the day went and celebrate successes and practice playing in the larger, more complex group. Between large-group meetings, two smaller groups of 4 to 5 children will be created, offering less complexity and increased success during two separate physical activities or games.
Children will be supported as they tackle problems that may be difficult for them, such as sharing; listening to other points of view; exhibiting clingy or demanding behavior; wanting their own way all the time; and/or feeling anxious about interacting with others or trying new things. Parents will be provided feedback and problem-solving strategies during the parent review to assist in further developing these new skills.
Home Grown Activities
Activities that do not involve screens and involve routine cardio-vascular response are both very important during children’s developmental, formative years of life. To help inspire parents and motivate children to engage in more physically and socially interactive activities at home, we intentionally incorporate “home grown” games and activities as a part of your child’s experience.
Guided opportunities will be included for children to:
The bigger picture goal will be to help children:
Gross Motor Activities
The use of swings, obstacle courses, climbing walls, zip lines, crash cushions, stump walking and a resistance swimming pool will be incorporated into this summer experience! Skills requiring balance, coordination, core strength, problem solving, sequencing and body-in-space awareness will be factored in to help those with challenges to feel successful and those with strengths to excel to their heart’s content!
Fine Motor and Visual Motor Activities
Eye-hand activities will be mixed in during the week offering an opportunity to build on skills already achieved as well as to fine tune or enhance new skills in these areas.
Our snacks are designed to encourage exploration through taste, texture and oral motor control. Peer support, games around food and the motivation to guess the flavor (Mystery Pops!) can often help children overcome strong tendencies to resist non-preferred foods. Please do not send in your own snacks as this takes away any incentive to try. Our healthy snacks are largely organic and free of gluten, dairy, soy, corn, artificial flavors/additives and are minimally processed, if at all. Please let us know if accommodations are needed for other allergies/sensitivities.
$930 per Week
If planning to file our services with your insurance company, you will need to provide us with your child's formal diagnosis. Insurance coverage varies greatly and we cannot be responsible for determining whether or not your insurance policy covers our services. Our billing statements use insurance codes required for filing claims and will be issued at the end of June. Use the following therapy codes ahead of time if interested in checking on coverage: 97530 Therapeutic Activity; 97150 Therapeutic Procedures Group; and 90853 Group Psychotherapy.
There are two different groups, each limited to ten children. The younger group is made up of children ages 4 to 6, while the older group is children 7 to 9 years of age.
Due to frequent requests from parents, we are open to the possibility that a child might attend both weeks. This is dependent on the compatibility of the skills and needs of the children making up the group. Please let us know if you are interested and I will discuss this with you closer to the time.
Please keep in mind that your children, while "playing", are working hard three hours each day for five days in a row on learning and refining their own emotional awareness and control. They are additionally feeling the impact (contagious Engine) of their peer's emotional learning curve as well. For this reason, we have found that a half day works well and a "less intense", lazy afternoon "after camp” generally gives them time to "process" lessons learned and challenges experienced.
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