Recreation and Leisure

Camp Trainings

All About Inclusivity!

Inclusivity is a win-win situation for everyone, if the right plans and methods are employed. For individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, inclusive settings set them up for success. Through being involved in inclusive camp programing, campers are able to build relationships with one another and value one another as peers who have commonalities. Camp is a place for all campers to build independence, become self-advocates, gain self-confidence, and make new friends.

Main Points

  • What does Inclusion mean?
  • Why should I be an inclusive camp?
  • How can a camp start to become more inclusive?
  • Things to consider about welcoming campers with IDD into your camp.
  • Staffing for an inclusive camp.

Training lengths: 1 hour in person, 1 hour webinar, 2 hours in person, 4 hours/ Half-day in person, 8 hours/Full day, 2 days

 

Working with campers with ADHD

Campers with ADHD can be a bit of a struggle. Often these campers need lots of structure, lots of accountability, and lots of patience. This presentation will give camp directors, program directors, and other staff tools to use with those campers whose excitement can be hard to manage. We will discuss positive behavior supports, keeping the campers engaged, providing structure and accountability, and other helpful tips.

Main Points

  • What is ADHD?
  • Things to consider when deciding if your camp is ready for campers with significant ADHD
  • How to talk with parents about their camper
  • Strategies for preparing and working with campers with ADHD
  • How to handle behavior issues

Training lengths: 1 hour in person, 1 hour webinar, 2 hours in person, 4 hours/ Half-day in person, 8 hours/Full day

 

Including campers with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

This training will go over strategies for including campers with Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism in a typical camp environment. We will discuss keeping the campers engaged, providing structure and accountability, positive behavior supports and other useful information.

Main Points

  • What is Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism?
  • Things to consider when deciding if your camp is ready for campers with Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism
  • How to talk with parents about their camper
  • Strategies for preparing and working with campers with Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism
  • How to handle behavior issues

Training lengths: 1 hour in person, 1 hour webinar, 2 hours in person, 4 hours/ Half-day in person, 8 hours/Full day

 

Camp & Autism 101

With the number of children being diagnosed with autism on the rise, more and more camps are getting applications for campers with autism. This session will go over the basics of working with campers on the Autism Spectrum and teach strategies for working with these campers.

Main Points

  • Basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Basic understanding of strategies to use when working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • Basic understanding of person-centered values and positive behavior supports

Training lengths: 1 hour in person, 1 hour webinar, 2 hours in person, 4 hours/ Half-day in person, 8 hours/Full day

 

Camp & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 101

In the spirit of moving towards a more inclusive society, learning about what makes us the same and different is an integral part of that. This training will go over the basics of working with campers with intellectual and developmental disabilities in inclusive or segregated settings.

Main Points

  • Basic understanding of intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Basic understanding of strategies to use when working with campers with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Basic understanding of person-centered values and positive behavior supports

Training lengths: 1 hour in person, 1 hour webinar, 2 hours in person, 4 hours/ Half-day in person, 8 hours/Full day.

 

Accepting and including campers with challenging behaviors

Every child deserves the opportunity to learn & grow at camp. Camp is the perfect environment to teach problem-solving, build positive relationships, encourage new behaviors, & build independence. These skills are why parents send their children to camp & are the foundations of positive behavior supports. Many camps struggle with campers with significant behaviors, while more don’t even admit them. In this session you will learn how to better be able to include campers with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities with some of the most challenging behaviors.

Main Points

  • Understanding behaviors as communication
  • Understanding why you should consider including campers with significant behaviors in camp
  • Understanding how  to incorporate various web based training tools into their admission process with parents and training of staff

Training lengths: 4 hours/ Half-day in person, 8 hours/Full day in person, 2 days in person

All training is led by Susanna Miller, Community Support Specialist at the Center for Leadership in Disability. For more information on Susanna click here.