EMU Autism Collaborative Center to host 'SPLASH' summer camp

Eastern Michigan University’s Autism Collaborative Center is teaming up with the Judson Center to offer a summer camp beginning in July, for children ages 3-14 who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The special summer camp is called Sensory, Play and Music, Language, Art, Social Learning and Health Fun, and will be run by a multi-disciplinary team that includes EMU students majoring in speech pathology, psychology, music therapy and special education.

“We want to make certain that families feel confident and comfortable, that there is knowledge and experience in supporting their children, so they have fun and enjoy their summer,” ACC professor Sally Burton-Hoylea said in a June 27 press release by EMU.

EMU students receive training to ensure they are properly prepared to supervise SPLASH attendees, which included more than 70 children last year, according to the press release.

The overall staff-to-child ratio at SPLASH will be about 1-to-3, with variances based on the level of “need and to promote functional independence,” according to the center’s website.

SPLASH features weeklong themed sessions that were designed by the multi-disciplinary team to offer “socially engaging, sensory-rich, age-appropriate and creative small group recreation opportunities among peers of similar ages and abilities,” according to the website.

-July 9-13: Who’s Your Hero?
-July 16-20: The Mad Scientist
-July 23-27: Author’s Week
-July 30-Aug. 3: Disney Across the Ages
-Aug. 6-10: Olympics 2012
-Aug. 13-17: Wacky Holiday Week

The cost of attendance is $275 per weekly session with a $40 registration fee, and the center does offer some scholarship funding. Additional information and enrollment applications are available at www.emich.edu/acc/index.html, or call the center at 734-487-2890.

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