Take 2: Teaching Children w/ Autism Washington, DC

by Take 2: An Innovative Program for Social Learning

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….

  • finding that there really is someone who loves Yu-gi-oh as much as I do and while we might disagree about which card is the best, we can still be friends
  • uncovering my strengths and challeges helps me figure out when I need to ask for help and when I can help others
  • realizing that if I lose a game of Connect 4 gracefully there will be opportunities for games in the future because people will want to play with me again
  • investigating what others are trying to communicate through their words, body langague and tone of voice
  • discovering that when I cheer for others, they are more likely to cheer for me and that feels great
  • overcoming a fear of heights, taking a plunge and riding the zip-line at Calleva camp…or
  • figuring out that there is always a Plan B…..

 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


Wednesday, June 12

      Starting @ 9am

Dear Friends,

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 July1stThe 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 providing
financial 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. 

Thank you!

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


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. 



Please contact acouch@ivymount.org  for more information. 





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Take 2: An Innovative Program for Social Learning

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

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