Camp Connect is a program developed for students K-12 with social communication disorders such as Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Anxiety Disorder, or semantic-pragmatic disorders. The program balances the need for academic structure and generalizes social and team building skills taught during the school year. Camp is led by certified special educators and allied health professionals with a low staff to student counselor ratio.
- Southern NH: Lions Club in Londonderry
- Lakes Region: Concord YMCA Camp Spaulding
- Structured activities to address the academic, emotional and social needs of students
- Sensory integration and self-regulation support
- Teaching skills in pragmatic language and social communication
- Social groups and facilitated interaction
- Problem solving skills
- Fitness and recreational skills
- Affect management (including self-monitoring, relaxation training, coping skills, yoga)
- Arts and crafts
- Music and drama
- Activities of daily living (ADLs)
- Applied community skills
Camp is held Monday - Friday, 9am-3pm.
Londonderry location sessions 1-7, Concord location sessions 1-5.
Session 1: July 10-14
Session 2: July 17-21
Session 3: July 24-28
Session 4: July 31 - August 4
Session 5: August 7-11
Session 6: August 14-18
Session 7: August 21-25
Cost per week: $375 - CAMP REGISTRATION IS FULL
Many children are eligible to attend Camp Connect as extended school year placement. If you IEP team has questions about placement contact us.
Camp Connect Goals
Social goals reinforced at camp through daily group activities/visual schedule/positive feedback and reward
- Students will identify positive behavior of a "good friend"
- Will raise their hand and wait to be called on before talking aloud in group settings
- Will work cooperatively with peers in small groups settings (share materials, allow peers to share different thoughts)
- Will develop an understanding of the relationship between his/her verbalization and actions/effect on others
- Will engage in appropriate cooperative social play interactions by allowing others to make changes or alter play routine
- Will engage in turn-taking skills by attending to peer's turn and waiting for own turn
- Will appropriately acknowledge an interaction initiated by others by giving an appropriate response
- Will develop an understanding of the rationale for various social skills by stating the reason when asked (ex. why do we say excuse me)
- Will increase social awareness of environment by stating what is taking place in environment or imitating actions of others
- Will identify appropriate social rules and codes of conduct for various social situations/ will understand basic safety rules
- Will refrain from interrupting others by exhibiting appropriate social interactions
Older elementary/teen social goals reinforced through daily group activities/visual schedule/positive feedback and reward
- Initiate appropriate topics with others in 4/5 opportunities to do so
- Will initiate communicative interactions with others by asking questions 4/5 opportunities to do so
- Will engage in conversational turn-taking with others across 3-4 conversational turns/call attention to communicative partner prior to communicating 4/5 opportunities to do so.
- Will ask questions of others regarding topics initiated by self or others to sustain conversation for conversational turn-taking
- Will identify and understand various non-verbal social communication behaviors (i.e. tone of voice, personal space, vocal volume, body orientation, facial expressions) by stating their implied meaning
- Will spontaneously seek assistance/ ask for help/ seek additional information given visual prompts
- Will spontaneously use a verbal or non-verbal message to indicate to the speaker that he needs additional “wait” time to process information
- Will identify breakdowns in communication and make appropriate adjustments
- Will increase narrative discourse skills to objective criteria
- Will state the main idea of the story, video or situation 4/5 opportunities to do so
- Will relate information (i.e. past events, stories, situations, etc.)
- Will identify what happened first, in the middle, and last regarding a previous read story, past event, or situation
Social emotional goals (all ages)
- Students will practice self-calming strategies and access at least one of these strategies in order to maintain calm behavior within the classroom or school environment by demonstrating the ability to self-regulate his/her emotions by remaining calm or indicating to the teacher that a break is requested
Teen transition group work will examine the following questions:
- Who am I?
- What do I want in life, now and in the future?
- What are some of life’s demands that I can meet now?
- What are the main barriers to getting what I want from school and my community?
- What are my options in the school and community for preparing me for what I want, now and in the future?
Teen transition focus
The student will continue to experience new activities and relationship at school and in the community as a life-long learner.
- Use fine and gross motor activities to create project or complete task as part of a team or group/activities of daily living such as preparing snacks, purchasing items, getting dressed appropriately for indoor/outdoor activities/sports
- Identify roles in a team and behaviors that contribute to team effectiveness
- Explain how teams work
- Recognize effects of individual differences
- Contribute positively to the success of a team project
For more information about Camp Connect please contact us or call 603.621.3407.