ABA Summer Camps
Transitions and lack of structure are often difficult for children with autism. The Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) summer camp is a successful model for dealing with these challenges during the summer months, while maintaining a class like environment. The camp features one to one ABA therapy support alongside outdoor activities and community outings. This camp allows children with autism to continue their treatment during the summer months, which helps ease children back into their school routines in September.
The ABA Summer Camp has been providing a safe and structured environment for children with ASD during the summer since 2010. The Camp is designed to suit the needs of a variety of children with ASD who are participating in an ABA home program.
Why the ABA Summer Camp?
School is a wonderful structured place for a child with autism. Transitioning to a summer with less structure than a typical school year can be incredibly challenging for a child with ASD, and can even lead to regressions in September when school reconvenes. The ABA Summer Camp program allows for customizable structure, as well as 1.5 hours/day of one-on-one time for BIs to work on individualized targets. This structure and individualized support is what sets apart the ABA Summer Camp from other summer programs.
Who benefits from the camp?
One of the many benefits of the ABA Summer Camp is the broader community it creates for children with autism and also their behavior interventionists. The camp not only allows children to experience social interaction and friendship throughout the summer, but it also provides the opportunity for BIs and social workers to learn from one another’s knowledge and techniques during the camp experience.
When does the ABA Summer Camp run?
Typically, our camp runs through the first 6 weeks of the summer. The hours of camp will reflect a typical school day: 9:00am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday during the summer. Students are welcome to sign up for any number of weeks, and can stay for the entire duration of the 6 week camp period.
Our partners make the ABA Summer Camp possible. This summer, we are pleased to be partnering with the Surrey School District and the camp will be held at a South Surrey elementary school (site to be determined).
Who can attend?
The ABA Summer Camp is open to students who meet the following three criteria:
- The student is participating in an ABA home-based program with a BCBA providing supervision
- The student is, at youngest, entering kindergarten the September following camp and, at oldest, entering grade 10 the September following camp
- Priority registration will be given to students in the Surrey School District, but out of catchment registrations will also be accepted.
How can I apply?
If you are interested in sending your child to camp, please fill out the application form. The ABA Summer Camp team will review the application forms. If your application is approved, you will be sent a link to complete a liability waiver and to submit payment.
Application Form – Coming Soon!
Activities and Outings
Camp leaders plan daily activities and outings for the students. A typical day’s activities might include crafts, snack time, art class and trips into the community. It is important to note that many of the outings involve water, e.g., water parks, pools, beach, and so support staff will need to be comfortable with water.
Personalized Learning Goals
In addition to the camp activities, there will also be approximately 1.5 hours during the day for students to work on one-on-one targets with their behavior interventionist. Most often, one-on-one will take place in the morning, with outings to follow most afternoons, and 1 day will be a longer outing.
Early Registration (April 15th to May 31st): $100 per week
Regular Registration (After May 31st): $125 per week
What about Support Workers?
Families are responsible for recruiting, training and paying their own support staff to accompany their students.
About the Camp Directors
Leah Mumford, M.Ed., BCBA
Leah Mumford is a Behavior Consultant who has worked with children and youth with ASD since 1998. Her work focuses on creating collaborative and dynamic ABA programs in homes and schools. One of her passions is teaching social skills and building capacity for friendships between individuals with autism and their communities. She has taught on various topics such as social skills, parent support and Special Education Assistant (SEA) training at conferences and workshops throughout the Lower Mainland. Along with Dr. Sara White, Leah has facilitated AutismBC’s ABA Summer Camp for children with autism since 2010.
Dr. Sara White, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Sara White is currently the Clinical Director of the Sendan Center’s Autism and Behavioral Services. She completed her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of the Pacific in 2000 and doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Binghamton University in 2005. She currently works with clients in British Columbia, Washington, and Alaska providing home and school consultation to children with developmental disabilities and disruptive behavior disorders as well as office and home-based cognitive behavior therapy for children with anxiety disorders. She has presented the results of her research and clinical work at professional conferences such as the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy on topics ranging from interventions to improve employee motivation, to techniques to improve acquisition rates in children with autism. Dr. White has also presented several workshops on behavior management techniques to parents, school personnel, and health care professionals.
Other Summer Programs/Camps 2017
for children, teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum
1. Canucks Autism Network
604 685 4049
kids, teens, adults, family, social/sports programs, overnight camps
2. Sirota’s Alchymy – Martial Arts MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, and ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Contact Master Michael Sirota for an initial assessment and further information. Tel: 604-244-8842 (Richmond), 604-569-3395 (Vancouver)
3. Zajac Ranch
July 24-28, ASD Camp#1 (age 7-17)
August 14-18, ASD Camp#2 (age 7-17)
Young Adult Camps for age 18-40, not autism specific
4. BC Easter Seals Camps
Overnight camps for children and teens (age 6-18) with physical and mental disabilities
Three camp sites: Camp Squamish (north of Vancouver), Camp Winfield (Okanagan Valley), Camp Shawnigan (Vancouver Island)
5. The YMCA Camp
Has integrated programs for special needs.
For more information, visit: http://www.vanymca.org/camps/
604-939-9622 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Eureka Outdoor Camp
Not a camp for all kids but for some kids all the camp they need
Eureka Outdoor Camp is unique in B.C., specifically for children and adolescents with INVISIBLE DISABILITIES (e.g. Mild autism/Asperger syndrome). This is a term commonly used to describe a range of disorders that are neurologically based and not readily apparent. Generally, the disabilities do not affect the child’s intelligence. In fact, some children with invisible disabilities are also gifted further complicating the diagnosis.
7. SFU’s Autism Developmental Disorders Lab (addl)
6th Annual Social Science Camp for children age 7-12
FREE, fun, educational camp, on SFU Campus in Burnaby
Saturday July 15th 9am-3pm (for children without ASD)
Saturday July 22nd 9am-3pm (for children with ASD)
8. Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society
East Vancouver, New West (age 5-14)
9. ABA Learning Centre
ASD Summer Jamboree (Summer Camp) – age 6-14 (typical siblings accepted)
Location: Jones Park 5350 Commercial street, Vancouver
6 weeks, Tue to Thu, 9am-4pm
July 11-13, July 18-20, July 25-27
Aug 8-10, Aug 15-17, Aug 22-24
Contact Joseph Carpenter email@example.com, 604-232-4122
10. Club Aviva (Coquitlam)
For student with developmental challenges; Scholarship available
Specialized Summer Camps 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday
The camps focus on social integration, physical development and communication skills. Children and their aides follow a structured and tailored schedule, whether it be an integration with a larger group of children, or a 1:1 session with our Movement Therapists. Activities include Movement Therapy, Aqua Therapy (at Chimo Pool), gymnastics, games, arts and crafts, free play time, quiet time, classroom activities, bike riding, and hiking. The most popular of the activities is bike riding, which is done every day, weather depending.
11. Pacific Riding for Developmental Abilities (Langley)
Summer lessons, therapeutic horseback riding program
12. Operation Trackshoes
Annual sports festival for age 6-80 who have a developmental disability.
University of Victoria
June 9-11, 2017
13. Disabled Sailing Association of BC
Adapted sailing experiences for children age 8 and older
14. Play to Learn for Life (Vancouver)
Zoe Raffard 778-883-3170, firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupational Therapy and SLP groups for children and teens
15. Skilled Kids OT
Mahshid Hosseini, 604 921 4853 email@example.com
16. Art for Life Therapy
Art groups for unique artists (Williams Lake, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley)
Pedalheads Bike Camps (age 4-12+), adult private lessons
Heroheads Multisports Half Day Camps (age 4-8)
For all, not special needs specific
18. Variety-the Children’s Charity
Variety’s Boat for Hope – Vancouver (June 10, 2017)
An unforgettable experience with pirate adventure for the special needs children and their families out in the water around English Bay, False Creek area with the local boating community, followed by an enjoyable barbeque lunch and entertaining activities in the park.
19. PRIYD – Summer Youth Program
Referred by social worker
20. PosAbilities – for people with developmental disabilities
*Head Start Summer Camp (employment preparation) age 14-18
Camp #1: July 10-21 @9:15am-1:15pm
Camp #2: August 14-25 @9:15am-1:15pm
*Connect with PEERS Summer Camp (friendship building) age 14-18
Camp #1: July 10-21 @1:30-3:00pm
Camp #2: August 14-25 @1:30-3:00pm
*Summer Blast – age 10-16
Youth/staff ratio is 4:1. Drop off in Burnaby.
Variety of activities such as Science World, Aquarium, Playland, BC Sports Hall of Fame, and trips to community parks, may include swimming, bowling and indoor play places.
Camp #1: July 10-21 @9am-3pm (Mon-Fri)
Camp #2: July 24-Aug 4 @9am-3pm (Mon-Fri)
21. Daybreak Consulting (New West/Burnaby)
July – 3 days/week (students entering Kindergarten) Kindergarten Success program
August 21-25 (students entering Gr 1-8) focus on preparing children to transition back to school smoothly.
22. TLC Special Needs Youth Program (Vancouver)
Kitscc.com 778-723-0020, 604-257-6903
Kitsilano Community Centre
Programs for youth age 13-18 with mild to moderate developmental disabilities including autism.
23. Local City’s programs e.g. City of Vancouver
Adapted and Integrated Programs
24. 1 Step Ahead Services (Burnaby)
604-433-1148 firstname.lastname@example.org , Anna Matchneva
Interactive group program
25. Pacific Autism Family Centre (Richmond)
Summer camps/programs for children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum
From late June to August 2017
Help us to expand our information list! If you know any summer programs/camps in B.C. that will benefit children, teenagers or adults on the autism spectrum, please email email@example.com. Thank you!
How to choose summer programs for my child on the autism spectrum?
Consider your child’s interest, abilities…
Goals – attainable or not
Family schedule in the summer
Where to find resource? – see attached
Support – trained person vs volunteers, financial support
Example: BE ACTIVE: Swimming, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Horseback Riding…
Example: DAY CAMP: Sports, Arts, Fieldtrips, Social Skills, Skills for transitioning…
Example: OVERNIGHT CAMP: family camp, child/teen goes with sibling, child/teen goes himself/herself, adult camp
How to prepare your child before the summer program/ summer camp?