When your child wants to be a better dancer, they go to dance camp. When they want to be a better drummer, they go to band camp. When your child wants to learn how to make friends and engage appropriately with others, they come to Starfish Summer Camp!
Starfish Summer Camp is open to students between the ages of 4 and 18. There are no ability or disability requirements. The majority of our students have autism; other common diagnoses are ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and genetic disorders. We also have students who have no diagnosis. Our limitations are toileting and medical care; we do not have the staff or facilities to assist with toileting or medical needs. Camp is designed for students who are verbal. Students who are non- or minimally verbal are able to attend as long as they are able to be successful with a 5:1 ratio, but our program may not be the best option to meet their needs.
Camp will be held Monday through Thursday the weeks of:
August dates TBD
Students entering Pre-K through 2nd grade:
The focus for this age group is on interactive play, learning about thoughts and feelings, thinking about others, and sharing space with others.
Students entering grades 3-5:
The focus for this age group is on thinking about others, thinking with your eyes, expected and unexpected behaviors, thoughts and feelings, and size of the problem.
Students entering or continuing in middle and high school:
The focus for this age group is on thinking about others, expected and unexpected behaviors, different levels of relationships, entering and exiting group social situations, and personal care. Pre-vocational skills include meal planning, grocery shopping, meal prep, and activities around the office to assist with planning, communication, and organizational skills.
Students who attend half days will be given healthy snacks, but no meal.
Elementary students who attend full day bring their own lunch. Secondary students will make their lunch as part of pre-vocational training each day.
There is a maximum ratio of 5 students to each staff member. Students must be able to function with this ratio. If your student requires 1/1 assistance due to elopement, self-care needs, or aggression, they are not eligible for this program. Students will receive instruction appropriate to their age and ability within their same-age peer group.
Please note: This is not daycare. Your child will be in a safe, supportive environment learning and applying incredibly important social skills!