Overview

The Help Group's Kids Like Me Program conducts four unique camps, each one specifically designed to address varying ages, abilities and needs of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental challenges. Our four camp programs create exciting opportunities for children and teens to engage, experience and explore. Village Glen and Camp Sunshine campers enjoy weekly themed schedules of fun-filled activities, including, art, nature, drama, music, sensory and water play, sports and games, animal-assisted activities, field trips, special events, contests and much more! Teenagers enjoy Teens on the Go camps that feature daily group trips and adventures as well as a 6-day travel camp experience.  Highly-trained Help Group therapists and counselors ensure that social skills building practices are integrated into every daily camp program, fostering greater opportunities for campers to connect with peers and build friendships.

For more information about 2013 summer camps, please visit the Kids Like Me website or download the brochure via the button to the left.

 

Village Glen Day Camp

Village Glen Day Camp is a specialized social skills camp for children ages 3 to 13 with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder and other social challenges. Campers enjoy a fun, creative and enriching camp program specially designed to promote social skills development and foster new friendships.

Experienced therapists and counselors incorporate evidence-based practices into the daily schedule, allowing campers to develop core strengths in:

  • Conversation
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Theory of mind
  • Frustration tolerance
  • Anger management
  • Problem-solving
  • Organization
  • Creativity
  • Emotional development

Campers participate in an exciting and well-rounded itinerary of summer activities, including music, drama, arts and crafts, sports, games, entertainment, water play, trips, contests, special events and more!

  

Hours

9:00am-2:30pm

Five, One-Week Sessions

June 16-20 | June 23-27

June 30-July 3 *

August 4-8 | August 11-15

 

Cost Per Week

PRESCHOOL (Ages 3-5)

5 day (M-F) $500

4 day (M-TH) * $400

3 day (M, W, F) $300

 

AGES 6-13

5 day (M-F) $450

4 day (M-Th) * $360

3 day (M, W, F) $275

* No Camp On July 4th

  

Locations

Sherman Oaks Autism Center

13164 Burbank Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Culver City

4160 Grand View Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90066

Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine is a popular program developed for children between the ages of 3 and 21 who have moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Our multidisciplinary team of professionals oversees a creative summer program designed to help each child reach his or her highest potential and develop unique strengths and abilities. Camp Sunshine campers are grouped by age and ability with a 1:3 counselor to camper ratio to maximize individual attention. 

Our campers enjoy fun and enriching activities in a safe nurturing environment. Campers build confidence and self-esteem, practice important life skills, and take steps toward independence while making new friends and having fun. Our daily schedule of activities includes:

  • Sports
  • Music
  • Games
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Water play
  • Entertainment
  • Special events
  • Field trips
  • Cooking
  • Contests & much more!

 

Hours

9:00am-2:00pm

Five, One-Week Sessions

June 16-20 | June 23-27

June 30-July 3 *

August 4-8 | August 11-15

 

Cost per week

5 day (M-F) $550

4 day (M-Th) * $440

3 day (M, W, F) $330

2 day (T, TH) $220

* No Camp On July 4th

 

Locations

Sherman Oaks Autism Center

13164 Burbank Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Culver City

4160 Grand View Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90066

Camp Discovery

Camp Discovery is a one-week adventure for children between the ages of 4 and 13 with mild to moderate special needs to safely explore and enjoy the great outdoors! Facilitated by an exceptional staff team, Camp Discovery is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children with various challenges. 

Camp Highlights:

  • Westside location
  • Highly trained and nurturing team of professionals, therapists and counselors who provide campers with individual attention and support
  • High staff to camper ratio
  • Strong emphasis on developing social skills and building friendships
  • Enriching and developmentally appropriate program that includes music, arts and crafts, nature activities, games, sports, drama, science fun, theme days, contests, special events and more
  • Support and encouragement for individual interests and discoveries

 

Hours

One-Week Session Only

August 18-22

9:00am-3:00pm

 

Cost per week

5 day (M-F) $660

3 day (M, W, F) $400

 

Location

Tumbleweed Day Camp

1024 Hanley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Bus transportation from Sherman Oaks may be available.

Teens on the Go Los Angeles

Teens on the Go is a unique social skills camp designed for teens between the ages of 13 and 18 with high functioning autism spectrum disorder and other social challenges. Led by a team of highly trained Help Group therapists, this one-of-a-kind summer program allows teens to get out and about in the city with their peers and includes a jam-packed schedule of exciting trips and adventures. The program emphasizes fun and friendship-building activities and incorporates evidence-based practices to foster peer interaction and improve social skills.

Past highlights include:

 

Hours

Five, One-Week Sessions

June 16-20 | June 23-27

June 30-July 3 *

August 4-8 | August 11-15

 

Cost per week

5 day (M-F) $625

4 day (M-Th) * $500

3 day (M, W, F) $375

* No Camp On July 4th

 

Locations

Sherman Oaks Autism Center

13164 Burbank Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Culver City

4160 Grand View Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90066

Teens on the Go Travel Camp

California’s Coast offers spectacular natural scenery and exciting places to explore. Join us for two 6-day, 5-night fun-filled adventure and experience the sights and attractions of the beautiful central coast.The trips are facilitated by The Help Group's professional staff and emphasize peer interaction, social skills development and friendship-building. They provide a true bonding experience for participants and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Past highlights include:

SAN FRANCISCO   Sunday, August 4 - Friday, August 9                                

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Chinatown
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • California Academy of Sciences

CALIFORNIA COAST  Sunday, August 18 - Friday, August 23 

  • Big Sur Coastline
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Santa Cruz Beach
  • Boardwalk & Wharf

 

Locations for Upcoming Trips

Weekend trip to San Diego

Dates: July 18-July 20

Cost: $500

Highlights include:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Pacific Beach
  • USS Midway
  • Tall Ships Tour

 

Seattle Adventure 

Dates: August 17-August 22

Cost: $2,000

Highlights include:

  • The Seattle Space Needle
  • The Experience Music Project
  • The Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Underground Tour
  • Pike's Place Market
  • Future of Flight: Boeing Tour

 

 

 

Contact Us

For questions or an application, please fill out the form below, or contact Program Director Nicole Webb at 818.778.7136.

Kids Like Me Form

Thank you for your interest in The Help Group's programs for children and adolescents. Please fill out this form, and we will contact you soon!