Summer Camp Update – Weeks 5&6

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We’ve wrapped up weeks 5 and 6 of our Engines at Play Summer Intensive Program. Our campers continue to show steady progress from week to week. Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to with our latest themes: Pirates and Camping!

But first, we’re excited to announce that due to the popularity of this summer camp, we decided to keep the program going year-round! Starting in September, we will offer Engines at Play Monday through Friday from 8:30-12:00. If you have a preschool-aged child who could benefit from language and social support, this is the program for you. Our goal is to get your little one ready for school by boosting his speech, language and social communication skills through our play-based group program. You can find a flyer with more information here. We’re happy to answer any questions you have, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Space is limited, so be sure to secure one of 6 spots!

Now, without further ado, here are some snippets of the fun (and social, language, sensory and emotional learning!) we’ve been having at camp:

 

Morning circle time provides a structured environment for our campers to identify how they are feeling, ask and answer questions, make predictions, wait their turn, and practice social skills. Campers are encouraged to “think with their eyes” to show others they’re ready to listen and are thinking about their peers. We love seeing our campers improve their ability to interpret and use non-verbal language!

 

Creating hooks for pirate costumes out of tin foil and plastic cups involved following directions, describing, using imagination, and practicing fine motor skills.

 

Our treasure scavenger hunt encouraged our campers to work as a team, follow verbal directions, ask questions, retain information, and make predictions.

 

Roasting marshmallows after building a tissue-paper fire engaged our campers in pretend play, working as a group, following directions, and improving vocabulary.

 

Story time is one of the richest language-learning opportunity there is, improving skills like listening, vocabulary, sequencing and predicting.

 

What makes our therapy so successful? The warm relationship between each child and his or her therapist(s). Within the context of such a relationship, children feel safe and motivated to engage in the back-and-forth interactions that support all learning.

As always, we send a huge THANK YOU to our summer camp occupational therapists, Berta Campa and Natasha Bravo, who work with our campers every week, helping us ensure that we’re incorporating sensory-motor learning into our activities.

Please note that we have extended summer camp one week! Camp will run through August 18th with a space theme.

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