Therapeutic recreation incorporates recreation activities and social skills therapy into one engaging and effective program. Children with autism learn and practice the socials skills necessary to enjoy outings with family and friends — as well as other typical social activities and situations at school and in the community.
One of our most exciting and popular activities for kids ages 8 and up! Once-a-month group sleepovers provide an awesome opportunity for kids to connect, hang out and socialize. Community outings are offered during select sleepovers. Bowling, BBQs and swimming are a few examples of past sleepover activities. Sleepovers provide guided and facilitated therapeutic education to improve self-management skills and promote responsibility.
Sign up early to guarantee your spot. Drop-off: Friday at 5:00 pm. Pick up: Saturday at 10:00 am. Hotel and camping sleepover times may vary. Minimum enrollment of three participants.
Friday Excellent Adventures
Ready for Adventure? Friday Excellent Adventures offer full-day therapeutic recreation outings on Fridays throughout the summer. Each adventure is carefully researched and planned to ensure social interaction and communication success. Adventurers will be prepared with social stores and receive feedback sheets for practicing the day’s social lesson at home and in the community.
Sign up by Wednesday the week of the scheduled outing. Minimum enrollment of three campers required. Drop-off: Friday at 10:00 a.m. Pick up: Friday at 4:00 pm.
- 2013 Schedule
- June 14- Valley Fair
- June 21- Bunker Beach Wave Pool
- June 28- Nickelodeon Universe
- July 12- A day at the Beach Elm Creek Park
- July 19- Cascade Bay Water Park
- July 26- MN Zoo
- August 2- St. Louis Park Aquatic Center
- August 9- Science Museum: Maya: Hidden Worlds Exhibit
- August 16- Boating and Pontooning on Lake Minnetonka
- August 23- MN State Fair
Day Camp with a Mission! Increase your child’s social understanding and thinking with this unique summer camp offering. Camp Connections’ goal-directed therapeutic recreation uses a variety of environments and settings to promote the use and generalization of social, emotional, communication and behavioral skills for children in all areas of their daily living.
Camp Connections runs weekly from Monday – Thursday in five, two-week blocks at Excelsior from 9-4 with early and late departure options. New this summer also at Edina Monday – Thursday from 12-4.
Block 1 Fun in the Sun! — June 10-13 and June 17-20
Block 2 Creative Minds — June 24-27 and July 8-11
Block 3 Lights, Camera, Action! — July 15-18 and July 22-25
Block 4 Our Wonderful World — July 29-August 1, and August 5-8
Block 5 Art & Antics — August 12-15 and August 19-22
Camp Connections is designed to fit your busy schedule. Enroll your child in any combination of days or sessions. However, we encourage you to register for an entire two-week block and the full day (if your child is not taking a social skills class) because many activities are continued day-to-day and many friendships are built during day camp.