Take 2: Teaching Children w/ Autism Washington, DC

by Take 2: An Innovative Program for Social Learning
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Dear Take2 Supporter,

 

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 investigate
what 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 of
friendship”. 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 their
own 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 of
the exciting things we have planned for this summer!

All the best,

Lynn Cannon

(Director)

Take2 in Puerto Rico!

Last winter Lynn Cannon and Monica Adler Werner traveled to Puerto Rico to share Take2's mission, trainings and curriculum with the folks at the Ponce Center for Autism (CEPA) and the Consejo Estatal sobre Deficiencias del Desarrollo of Puerto Rico. After much hard work, the dedicated team of clinical staff, special education teachers, and doctoral-level clinical psychology students translated Take2 Camp into Spanish and launched the first ever, "Campamento AMIGOS"!

Campamento Amigos severd 13 children with high Functioning ASDs, ADHD and other developmental disabilities during the summer of 2012. Administration, staff and campers reported that it was a total success!  

 

"We had a lot of fun throughout the daily activities and field trips to parks and museums while we worked on building new executive and social skills required for friendship. Satisfaction rates for both campers and their families were outstanding, this is the reason why we are planning to repeat Take2 next year with even more children."

Director, Rafael E. Oliveras-Rentas.

 

Social Learning Groups

Take2 is also proud to announce that, in collaboration with Ivymount School Outreach in Rockville, MD, we will be launching Unstuck and On Target© social skills groups. 

The Unstuck and On Target!© Social Intervention Program helps children ages 7—11 with social learning disabilities understand the complexities of social interactions and friendships. This 20-week inter- vention program, based on the nationally-distinguished, research-based curriculum of the same name, is per- fect for highly verbal and intelligent children who struggle to understand:

  • How to Be a Friend
  • Emotional Self-Identification
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Social Cues
  • How to be a Successful Member of a Group
  • How to be flexible
  • & How to set and follow through with goals
 

The Unstuck and On Target!© groups combines weekly therapeutic student groups with bimonthly parent instructional groups to create a wrap-around intervention program that educates and supports the entire family. 

DATES: SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH - SATURDAY, MAY 25TH, 2013    

REGISTRATION CLOSES: DEC. 14TH

Please contact acouch@ivymount.org  for more information. 

 


 


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“What’s a balloon’s least favorite type of music?”
See the bottom for the answer to one awesome camper’s joke!

Britt Lake, GlobalGiving’s Director of Programs, and I recently had the pleasure of spending a morning at Take 2, a camp for kids ages 6 to 11 with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism.  We had a blast!

The team at Take 2 has done an amazing job creating a fun learning environment for the kids. The camp has taken challenging tasks like recognizing emotions, looking at and thinking about the person you are with, and uncovering the mystery of friendship and made them fun with games and prizes. The camp is a kind, patient, and supportive atmosphere for the kids, who are learning, growing, and having fun!

When we arrived, we walked into a room full of excitement. The kids were hearing about their agenda for the day and learning some of the key skills they would be practicing in their activities—like S-PEC-L when someone is talking to you (Stop what you are doing, Periodic Eye Contact and Listen to what they say).  Lynn Cannon, the Director of Take 2’s camp, talked us through some of the camp basics. The camp has almost as many staff as campers, meaning that each child has the chance to receive personal attention at camp. This year, the camp theme is detective work. Every camper is a detective, solving little mysteries every day! To make learning fun, campers earn detective points for participating in activities, staying attentive and focused, and responding well to challenging situations. At the end of the day, kids count up their detective points and pick prizes.

Britt and I sat in on the morning session, designed to help the campers discern emotions using facial expressions and tone of voice. The campers played a round of guess-that-emotion, watching Brenna, the teacher’s face for clues about the emotion she was acting out.  The game was a resounding success, with every kid guessing the emotion correctly. Then, Brenna instructed kids to listen as they heard clips of popular TV shows—iCarly, Victorious, and even Saved by the Bell (much to Britt and my delight)—to use tone of voice to understand the character’s emotions. This game was a bit more challenging, even Britt and I were listening intently to hear the characters’ emotions, but the kids came through again, guessing each emotion correctly.

At the end of our visit, we spent some time hanging out the campers during snack time and getting to know some of their fun personalities. We spoke with one boy who absolutely loves scuba diving, granted he’s never been himself, but he’s sure it’s awesome! We exchanged some jokes with another boy, including the one at the top of this post (“What’s a balloon’s least favorite type of music” See answer below). And we learned about one girl’s classmate who has the same name as Alexis!

Thank you, Take 2, for inviting us to spend the morning with you! We had a great time and GlobalGiving is thrilled to be working with such a great, local organization doing work in our own backyard!

Answer: Pop!

To our wonderful friends, family and Take 2 supporters,

Thank you for all your help!

Yesterday’s Bonus Day was a huge success for Take 2.  Huge.  Incredibly, in that one day, we raised $11,055 from individual donations and matching support from Global Giving.  That’s really just incredible.  These funds will directly support this summer’s work, which begins officially next week, though of course Lynn has been busy with planning for a much longer time.  We will thank each of you donors individually by the end of the week, but in the meantime want to extend this big electronic group hug and thank you all collectively.  THANK YOU SO MUCH. 

With love, gratitude and, frankly, amazement,

Lisa, Monica & Lynn

 

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Take 2: An Innovative Program for Social Learning

Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.take2camp.org/​
Project Leader:
Lisa Greenman
Washington, DC United States

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