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Camp counselors assisted campers in a daily schedule that provided time for swimming, drumming, arts, crafts, games, physical/therapeutic recreation, and many other important activities. Development in areas such as motor and social skills were nurtured through a non-competitive atmosphere. The daily schedule not only allowed each camper to improve his/her fine and gross motor skills, sensory-motor development, self-esteem, and socialization skills, but also assisted campers in choosing appropriate physical leisure time activities. It was our intention to provide campers with an enjoyable summer program that would prepare them to succeed in integrated settings and in the future.

 

On Mondays and Wednesdays, following a 30-minute open-gym session, campers participated in a specifically designed 45-minute drumming and yoga program twice a week this summer. Drumtastic and yoga were led by instructor Ms. Areum along with the assistance of several graduate students. Each camper was paired with a counselor who assisted them with verbal and physical prompts if needed throughout the class. Each child had an individual yoga mat and a ball used as their drum with a bin underneath to hold their drumsticks. The yoga is used as a relaxation and meditation technique for the kids, teaching them different breathing methods accompanied by massages to end the class after a drumming session. In addition to conducting class, we are also collecting research data to determine if the yoga and drumming benefits our campers in improving, gross and fine motor, balance, flexibility, imitation skills, communication and mood.

 

On Tuesday and Thursday of each session, the campers went to the Texas Recreation Center to use the pool, for a one-hour session facilitated by swimming instructor Mrs. Stacey. The counselors received special training to help the campers cope with the new water environment. With the 1:1 ratio, campers of all swimming abilities, across the Autism Spectrum were able to participate. Counselors went with their camper and spent time teaching them basic swimming skills such as holding their breath, blowing bubbles, floating on their back, kicking as they would when swimming, and even safely jumping into the pool. Then campers and their counselors participated in group activities based on age.  All the campers enjoyed the two days a week spent in the pool during camp.

 


 

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