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Camp Connect ASD

Building self–esteem for children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder

  • ***Camp is full. 4/18/22***

    For Ages: 10 - 21
    Dates: June 21 - 25, 2022
    Need-based scholarships are available and monthly payment plans can be arranged.

    Medical Team: Brainy Camps’ Medical Liaison, Alyssa Weinstein, NP, works in conjunction with Dr. Sinan Turnacioglu of Children’s National’s Development Clinic and Hospitalist Elizabeth Shashaty of Children’s National


Program Program Description Price

Camper Medically managed, residential camp for children diagnosed with high functioning autism, ages 10 - 21 $925

1-on-1 Assistant 1-on-1 Assistant must be at least 15 years old and interested in helping with the needs of another camper in order to ensure they have a successful camp experience. $825

Counselor in Training CIT is a leadership training program for teens 16 and older who are interested in gaining communication and behavioral management skills and want to work with a bunk of campers under the supervision of experienced counselors; must be accepted into the program $725

Training for Independence For teens, ages 16 to 21, seeking assistance in becoming more independent, responsible, and self-sufficient. $925

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Camp Connect ASD offers children and teens diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ages 10 - 21, five days and four nights of summer fun and social connections. Children experience all the fun and adventure of a sleep-away camp with medical staff close at hand.

For six days, the children do not have to worry about how they are seen or what others think; they simply have fun.  They participate in a myriad of activities, learning team-building skills through sports, skits, and Camp Olympics.  Formal and informal support groups allow campers to practice appropriate social and communication skills and encourage the discussion of meaningful topics including how to handle bullying, what to do when teased and how to make friends.

The Department of Neurology of Children’s National provides the medical management of Camp Connect. A Child Neurophysiologist, is joined by a staff of nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and psychologists to provide medical coverage throughout the week of camp. Experienced teachers volunteer their time and expertise to work with the ASD population and help train the counselors to deal with the issues associated with ASD.  Several counselors and volunteers who live with the condition share their experience and wisdom with the campers each summer.

Please contact Brainy Camps at njosey@childrensnational.org for more information.


 

Camp Connect ASD 2021 received support from the following: 
Lambert Foundation and private donors. 

  • Campers

    500

  • Volunteers

    150

  • Scholarships Awarded

    280

  • Conditions Served

    11

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