Dear Take2 Supporter,
The Take2 Camp post-season has been incredibly busy! This fall, we launched our second 15-week social skills program, which uses the Unstuck and On Target! curriculum to teach flexibility and social skills in an engaging environment.
Students taking part in Unstuck find a peer group with whom they can spend structured time experiencing success. For many, this group has helped to cultivate a strong camaraderie with peers and positive relationships with educators that can’t be found elsewhere. As one student put it, “The teachers are really nice and they make you feel happy and sort of like at home. Very, very comfortable.”
Parents of this program have reported, “This is the only place I feel truly comfortable leaving my child—I know that he won’t be misunderstood here.” While their kids are learning, parents are taking part in a parent education workshop that helps them learn how to shape their support in a way that fosters independence and perseverance.
The Unstuck program has nearly doubled since its pilot in the Spring of 2013. It has given us the opportunity to widen our reach to both child and parent members of the community, and for that, we are very grateful.
Over the next few weeks, Take2 Camp will begin the application process for it’s 11th summer. This is a particularly busy and exciting time, because we are also in the process of developing a middle school version of Take2 that will be ready to launch in the summer of 2014! Please check our website as we post more information about this new, excursion-based program.
Although the weather is determined to make us feel otherwise, summer will be upon us before we know it, and we ask that you consider Take2 Camp during this giving season.
Your support has been and continues to be an essential component of our success.
Callie Stezar and Lynn Cannon
Dear Friends of Take 2,
We just wrapped up our 10th summer at Take2. The campers and staff have much to be proud of: they worked hard, learned a lot and, most importantly, had a lot of fun along the way. Each camper celebrated so many successes, whether it was….
This summer’s curriculum focused on:
- Week 1: “Thinking about Me” Labeling my own emotional experience and what strategies I can use to regulate myself when my feelings start to get out of control.
- Week 2: “Thinking about You”- How do I use the your “clues”… body language, tone of voice and facial expression to figure out what you are thinking and feeling?
- Week 3: “Thinking about Us”- How do my thoughts differ from yours? How does my behavior impact the thoughts you are having and how can we create good thoughts in one another so that you want to be with me and I want to be with you?
- Week 4: “Bringing it all Together”- The strategies and skills the campers acquired over the 3 weeks were put into action as we took several field trips and made gifts for one another.
The fun does not cease with the end of summer- social learning groups will continue throughout the year as kids continue to explore the secrets of friendship, tips for how to be flexible and how to set plans to accomplish their goals.
Check our website often to find camp updates, social learning groups and summer 2014 registration.
As always, we are so grateful for your support.
Take2 Summer Camp
It’s that time again…Global Giving is matching ALL donations we receive, Wednesday, June 12th, at 50 percent. This is a really important opportunity for Take 2. If you are able, please help us raise the funds we need for this camp season, which begins July1st. The site opens for donations at 9am, please give early before the matching funds run out. You can click here to donate: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/teaching-children-with-autism/. You can also learn more there about Take 2.
Our costs are low – other than staff salaries we have very few expenses – but we rely on this help from generous friends because camp tuition doesn’t cover our necessarily low staff to child ratio, and we are committed to providingfinancial aid to any family that needs it.
GlobalGiving continues to be a fantastic resource for Take 2. They give us the benefits of an infrastructure we couldn’t possibly afford, and that allows us to devote more of our time and funds to running a terrific program.
Thank you so very much for any help you can give us. Please post to your Facebook, Tweet to your followers, or just call or email friends and relatives and let them know about this opportunity to do good.
We’re grateful for your support every day, but on this one day your generosity will be amplified, so please donate if you can.
July 1st Take2 will embark on our 10th summer helping children with High Functioning Autism develop friendship making skills, and make lasting relationships. We have an incredible group of staff and campers ready to jump into a summer of social learning, and friendship building. When the campers step through door they will transform into friendship detectives. Through the course of the summer the detectives will investigatewhat they have in common with each other, study the cues they give one another to describe what they are thinking and feeling (tone of voice, body language and the words we use), all the while uncovering the clues to the “secret offriendship”. The payoff to their hard work and intensive investigations…lasting and meaningful relationships!
Take2 continues to expand and grow. This year we partnered with Ivymount School and offered weekly social skills groups following the "Unstuck and On Target" Curriculum. 24 incredible students and their families participated in Saturday social learning groups and parent workshops. The response from the community has been overwhelming and we are excited to announce that we will be offering additional groups this coming fall.
Every year we rely on your generosity to help us offer need based financial scholarships to our families. These scholarships make it possible to provide, so many deserving campers and their families, access to our evidenced based curriculum, highly qualified staff support and parent support and training. From the Take2 families and staff…thank you for your support and continuing to make our vision a reality.
Keep an eye out for our end of summer update where we will share and celebrate the summer’s successes!
This year Take2 will celebrate its 10th year of providing children with autism spectrum disorders the support they require to understand and navigate the complexities of social interaction. Over the last 10 years we have had the great pleasure of offering children a place where they can go and unpack the intricacies of the social world in a safe environment, demystify the secrets of friendship, make meaningful relationships, and have a whole lot of fun doing it!
Every year, during the off season, we work to refine our program from the year before. As part of the Take2 model we offer a parent training once a week for the duration of camp. To enhance the experience for parents, and support families as they work to generalize the skills their children are working on at camp, we have developed a parent workbook. We will help parents work through this workbook during our weekly trainings and support them as they try to more fully integrate the themes and skills their children learn at camp into theirown lives.
We also wanted to update you on the status of Campo Amigos, in Puerto Rico. After completing an incredibly successful first summer, the feedback and demand for the camp has been overwhelming. As a result we are currently helping them plan a second summer of Campo Amigos. They have reported that over 70% of their campers have already asked to return for a second summer!
It is hard to believe that, with snow still on the ground, registration for the Summer of 2013 is almost complete. We have a wonderful group of staff lined up and are eager to get things started in July. We'll keep you posted on all ofthe exciting things we have planned for this summer!
All the best,
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