How to Apply:
Registration typically begins in January or February . We send out an email to those on our mailing list prior to opening registration, so make sure you are on our mailing list.* All Initial Registration Forms with deposits postmarked by the registration date will be given equal priority; those postmarked after the registration date will be processed in the order they are received.
The Kris' Camp therapy programs provide individualized therapy programs, drawing on one or more of the following disciplines and provided by licensed and experienced professionals: art/art therapy, neurologic music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, vision therapy and education. Parents have an important role in establishing therapy goals, and have many opportunities to interact with therapists throughout the camp sessions. The therapy focuses on building relationships with a strong sensorimotor component and a 1:1 therapist/child ratio. Each therapy program typically enrolls between 6 - 9 children, depending on staff availability and the overall needs of the children.
Traditional Therapy Program
Our traditional herapy programs are run out of lodges with conference/group room facilities and individual and family lodging, and run seven days each. Typically, the first and seventh days are check-in/orientation and check-out days. The core five days are therapy/sibling camp days. Therapy camps involve the entire family: therapy campers participate in 6 hours per day of intensive one-on-one (some groups for the older campers) therapies, while siblings can attend sibling camp. Parents are provided with respite during this time, and pick their kids up at the end of each therapy day. Opportunities are provided to meet with other parents and staff in a relaxed environment via three group dinners and a Wine & Cheese party. Towards the end of camp, parent/staff meetings are held to discuss each child's work and progress during camp, and to make and discuss recommendations for follow through after camp.
3-day Maintenance Therapy Programs
The 3-day Maintenance Therapy Programs were designed for families who have already attended one of our five-day traditional programs. The program design is similar to the five-day program, but without the need for an longer initial assessment period. 3-day programs typically do not include parent/staff meetings, but do typically include one or two group dinners for family and staff. These are a great way to maintain and build on skills honed at our past programs, and to meet up with old friends and make new ones as well!
Adult Therapy Programs
The Adult Therapy Programs began in 2012 with an initial pilot group of 4. These were designed with the 21+ age group in mind, and utilize our treatment strategies and philosophy, but also look at the specific needs of adults. Adults with autism have had more years than our younger campers to adjust to their movement differences, utilize their communication systems, and determine which battles are worth fighting for. Within this maturity, patterns can get stuck and behaviors can become more engrained due to their intensity and frequency. Our approach in the adult camps has been modified to address these sensitivities through a partnership with each individual.
In our initial adult program in 2012, the group members chose to participate in a family philosophy presentation discussing the brain in autism and how/why certain therapeutic tools work, and then also were invited to be involved in team meetings at the end of camp where the staff could offer positive feedback from what was observed during the program. It was a huge success and very exciting for both staff and families. We will continue to develop the program in 2013.