camps/schools?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
camps/schools?
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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 3:04pm
Does anyone know of any camps or schools specifically set up to serve the needs of Aspergers/HFA kids? If so, would you provide me with a web link or contact info? Thanks so much!

Lisa

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Registered: 03-21-2003
In reply to: lisarudy
Mon, 08-04-2003 - 9:14pm
Does it matter what state? I can do some searches for you.

I think the possibilities are slim but there are camps out there

that have a variety of disabilities within it, such as the Lions

club camps, Mascat Shrines, YMCA and so on.

Tim was invited to go to the LIons club camp and when I was reading

the requirements they said No ADHD so that kind of left him out.

Sometimes specialty doctors will have pamphlets for camps or schools?

you may ask your local neurologist, psychologists, family drs too.

Let me know what state you are looking in and I'll do a search for you.

Candes may know of some right off the bat..lol

Rebecca

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: lisarudy
Tue, 08-05-2003 - 11:17am
Thanks, Rebecca! Actually, I've done a pretty exhaustive search in my area (Phila), and come up with a few schools for fairly profoundly autistic kids and one Y camp with an asperger's group. Plenty of camp programs are open to a broad range of disabilities, or basically say "bring your own 1:1 aide and you're welcome!" Most "special" schools for kids who are capable of academic work are only interested in LDs, and don't feel they can serve kids with developmental delays/issues.

The reason I'm posting here is -- we're thinking about creating our own camp, program, or even alternative school that specifically caters to aspergers/HFA kids, and I'm trying to do due diligence in my research. So far, I've discovered the Oasis School in California... a few things in Canada... but not much else.

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Registered: 03-21-2003
In reply to: lisarudy
Tue, 08-05-2003 - 12:37pm
That's a great idea.. to start one! Please, if you do, find a way to

bring one to Texas too? I don't really know where to start to

build one and find people to work there and train them to

handle these kids. And would a licensed nurse have to be on site to

distribute meds? I really think it's a great idea, we need more

places like that where our kids can go.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: lisarudy
Tue, 08-05-2003 - 9:37pm
Well, of course starting one is a very big deal -- though it may be a small-scale, alternative co-op kinda thing... but before launching into such a thing, I really want to know who's doing what already -- and what works. For example -- I've never seen the TEACHH (sp?) method in action... and so on and so forth! Then I'd need to start going and seeing what's out there, talking to the people who run the schools, etc.! So... it's just a startin place!

Lisa

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Registered: 07-11-2003
In reply to: lisarudy
Thu, 08-07-2003 - 6:49pm
Lisa, this is just to let you know that I am e-mailing you a list of contacts I have for a few schools in the U.S.. It isn't very long and it's mostly just cut/paste stuff. You probably already have some or even most of these contacts, but I'll send it incase there are some you don't.

I think what you are trying to do is great! And you're right,it is a VARY big deal. Just collecting the research information is quite a task. I will send you info on other schools, camps, and organizations as it comes to me. I sent a few collegues emails requesting additional support on the info front. I'll let you know what I hear back from them. Also, would it be okay if I gave them your email addy? That way you can speak directly to them whenever you need to. :)

Let us know how things are going! And remember to take a few minutes out for yourself with all of this work goig on. I know how exciting it can be to start a new project like this, especially one that so worth while. But remember not to tax yourself to the point of burnout. Good luck, sweety, you're doing a wonderful job!

Peace,

Candes