Participation for the child with Autism, Asperger’s and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

At Camp Huntington, we believe that summer camp is a valuable experience for all children. Camping offers a great deal to children with Autism, Asperger’s, or other Pervasive Developmental Delays, who benefit from the positive structure of our program. Our individualized and structured activities allow campers to feel secure. Each activity is developed to assist children with communication and participation. Campers are introduced to new skills and activities, in a precise and consistent manner. Children are encouraged to participate positively with counselors and fellow campers. Appropriate interaction is rewarded with praise or a favorite activity.

Five key areas within this program encourage children who are striving to make changes:

  1. Curriculum and Learning Environment (communicating basic desires within an authentic setting)
  2. Social/Emotional Behavior (acquiring skills to build appropriate and successful interactions)
  3. Communication Skills (translating a child’s personal communication methods, gestures, facial expressions, etc, into generalizable abilities)
  4. Independent Functioning (vocational skills building, community participation training)
  5. Health and Related Services (careful medical supervision, and as needed, PT, OT, and Speech Therapy).
Valuable Activities

Camp Huntington provides valuable recreational, educational and therapeutic activities in a beautiful outdoor setting. The camp experiences allow for a summer that is fun and stimulating for the camper. It provides a safe atmosphere in which to expand minds, physical ability and creativity.

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Social Skills

The camp setting is ideal for learning and generalizing social skills. Campers live in groups that vary in size from three campers with two counselors, to eight campers with three counselors. The low counselor-to-camper ratio allows staff members to ensure that all campers participate in each of the daily activities to the maximum possible extent. Music, Drama, Arts & Crafts and Swimming are always among the favorites of this group.