As the school year winds down, The Help Group’s Kids Like Me program is now registering new and returning campers for its summer camps in Sherman Oaks and Culver City. The Help Group summer camps provide a safe and enriching atmosphere for children with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Led by highly-trained therapists and counselors, the programs create opportunities for children and teens to engage, experience, and explore.
Each of Kids Like Me’s unique day camps strives to developmentally and chronologically match children across the spectrum to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Village Glen Day Camp is a specialized social skills camp designed for children ages 3 to 13 with high functioning autism spectrum disorders and other social challenges. Campers enjoy a fun, creative, and enriching program specially designed to promote social skills development, foster new friendships, and create social learning opportunities.
Camp Sunshine is a structured program developed for children, teens, and young adults between the ages of 3 and 21 who have moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. A multidisciplinary team of professionals oversees a creative and fun camp program designed to help each child reach his or her highest potential and develop unique strengths and abilities. Kids Like Me groups campers by age and ability and maintains a 1:3 counselor to camper ratio to maximize individual attention.
Teens on the Go is a 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 program features a jam-packed schedule of exciting trips and activities throughout Los Angeles.
All the programs are developed by a multidisciplinary team to address unique strengths and abilities, and are tailored to ensure the best possible camp experience for everyone. Children and teens will participate in daily camp activities such as field trips, art projects, sensory play, outside games, special events, animal-assisted activities, and much more.
“We’ve got some great themes planned for our day camps like Jurassic Journey, Carnival, Animal Planet, and Surf Safari,” shared Kids Like Me Program Director Nicole Webb. “and we’re excited to bring back one of last summer’s most popular themes, ‘Kids Like Me’s Got Talent’ with a talent show on Friday afternoon. It was such a positive experience for our campers, whether they were up on stage in the spotlight, or in the audience clapping for their new friends.”
Kids Like Me will also offer trips to Orange County and San Diego through its Teens on the Go Travel Camp. Travel Camp offers exciting teen trips that provide true bonding experiences for participants with memories and friendships to last a lifetime. The Orange County weekend trip will include the Orange County Fair, Pirate’s Adventure & Dinner, and fun at the beach. The San Diego trip is six days and five nights, and teens will enjoy sight-seeing together as they visit San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the Birch Aquarium and take in a Padres baseball game.
To find out more about Kids Like Me camps and programs and how to enroll, please visit www.kidslikemela.org