Students Thrive in The Help Group’s Kids Like Me Programs

The Help Group’s Kids Like Me programs have so much to offer students with special needs and families in our community.

Over the holiday break, Kids Like Me held their Winter Camp session. The theme of camp was “Marvel,” and students created art projects focused on Marvel super hero movies. For example, several students created their version of “Thor’s Hammer” from the recent film Thor: Ragnorak.

Students had the opportunity to work on their social skills through a curriculum that included cooking classes and helping out in the campus garden. During break time, they were able to utilize sensory rooms to relax and decompress.

To cap off a fun and productive camp session, Kids Like Me hosted a Marvel-themed party filled with video games, activities like an obstacle course, and refreshments. A wonderful time was had by all!

“The Winter Camp session provides much needed structure and a safe atmosphere for kids with special needs. It’s a place where they can be themselves, and transition more seamlessly back into school from the holiday break,” said Nicole Webb, Kids Like Me Program Director.

The Help Group’s Kids Like Me also offers a variety of other programs besides camps, like after school enrichment classes and Parent-to-Parent support groups – a new program that offers the parents of kids on the spectrum a safe space and a strong sense of community.

Some of the after school enrichment classes offered during the upcoming Winter 2019 session include film making, therapeutic riding, cooking club, and social skills groups. Students can also take part in the highly acclaimed, award-winning theater arts program, The Miracle Project, and stay active at the sensory-safe kid’s gym, We Rock The Spectrum in Studio City.

Kids Like Me after school enrichment classes offer a unique setting where the ratio of student to staff is small, and the adaptive curriculum is tailored to students across the spectrum.

A parent whose child recently attended Kids Like Me after school classes remarked, “My child has been attending the Kids Like Me after school program at the Help Group for about a year. I absolutely love this program and wish it were year-round. For parents where time or access may be an issue, this program fills the gap so that our kids can still participate in activities that they may not usually get the chance to due to their ability. In addition to the awesome variety of classes, the staff is outstanding. Your kids are well taken care of after school until you arrive to pick them up. My son benefits from each class and being exposed to something new. It opens his mind in so many ways and he’s so happy every time I pick him up. I would highly recommend this program to any parent.”