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Parent/Counselor Remarks


Parent Remarks:


The parents complete a survey after each session that includes questions about their child’s experience and participation in camp activities, the counselors, and their overall camp perception. Results of the survey showed that all parents felt that their child enjoyed the camp. Here are some of their written comments:

 

“I liked that he was able to get one on one attention with his counselor. Also being encouraged and able to interact with his peers.”

 

“We are so grateful they had an opportunity to experience camp where they fit in and can openly participate in all activities. They don’t feel excluded and we feel comfortable leaving them here because the counselors are trained, compassionate, and wonderful with the kids.”

 “BEST CAMP EVER!!!”

 “Everyone was great and especially patient with us on the 1st day. I hope we can come to camp for two weeks next year.”

 

“Super counselors each year. The Boys love camp and look forward to it.”

 

“My son has never spoken so so so much about an experience he loved as much as this camp. Last year was his first time and he spoke of it all year leading up to this year. He always talks about going back to camp as soon as it is done. We love what y’all do. Keep it up!



Counselor Remarks:


“It amazes me how fast these last 3 weeks have gone by but being a part of this camp these past 3 weeks, I’ve learned so much that I’ll be able to apply it someday in my future profession. One of the most significant aspects I learned is every day is a new day and every day I learn something new. Every day brings something different.”

 

“My best experience in the camp is that my camper has started being more vocal than he was his first week! I am so thrilled about this and am very proud of him. I did not really have any worst experience in this camp, it has been a great time and hope I get a chance to be a part of this camp next summer.”

 

“After this experience I now know I have a soft spot for children with autism. It surprised me how easy I could interact with most the kids. I realize that this population is extremely unique and needs more publicity to help people better understand their capabilities. To work with children with autism, one needs to be able to communicate through images, signs, and/or body language. Also, to have patience working with the child. It can take time to learn a certain behavior. Each child communicates differently and has unique needs that are important to consider.”

 

“Overall, I had a great experience at Texas States Autism Summer Camp. It was an eye opening experience that I would love to do again. I learned that no two people with ASD are the same, and that patience is the key to working with any kid, no matter how far they are on the spectrum. In terms of tasks, I wasn’t really frustrated with anything that had to do with my camper. My camper was so much fun to be around, and I was glad that I was able to be paired with him for the week. He was pretty much a non-verbal adolescent with ASD (which is part of the demographic that my undergraduate research focuses on), so being around him definitely helped refined my non-verbal communication. Over the course of the week I was able to understand how he felt or what he needed based on how he move or by facial expressions, and when he did speak (usually one word or a repeated phrase), I was able to understand what he was trying to say.”