Intensive Therapy Family Camps 2018-02-13T21:04:57+00:00

Intensive Therapy Family Camps

Each week-long therapy camp provides intensive therapies for children and teens with autism, as well as activities and support for parents and siblings to unwind and re-energise in a supportive and caring environment.

How Therapy Camp Works

Dedicated teams of therapists focus on each child’s strengths to provide goal-directed, outcome-based treatment. Synergy, focus, and extensive time dedicated specifically to strengthening skills make this a unique and powerful intervention. Children often achieve significant developmental, functional and behavioural gains that can be further developed and sustained long after camp ends.

Siblings form relationships with others who share their experience while parents network, gain resources, rest and rejuvenate. In short, the whole family realises potentials and develops strengths.

We are a great match for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Adam’s Camp is not a match for those whose primary diagnoses are emotional, behavioural, or psychiatric disorders.

Overview

  • 5 consecutive days of intensive, individualised therapy for the child with special needs
  • Multidisciplinary professional therapy team working together on identified goals
  • Comprehensive digital clinical report developed which outlines goals, strategies, outcomes and recommendations
  • Individualised parent conferences with the therapy team on the final day of camp
  • Optional parent presentations and activities as well as opportunities to network and connect

Therapy Camps

Early Start Therapy

Ages 4 and under

Pathfinder Therapy

Ages 4 and up

Explorer Therapy

Ages 7 and up

Trailblazer Therapy

Ages 8 and up

Therapy Camps vary with the age, needs and abilities of our Campers. 

Early Start Therapy (4 and under)

5 days, 3 hours of therapy per day. Non Residential

Early Start is a half-day intensive therapy programme appropriate for children aged 4 years and under who have a diagnoses of Autism, Developmental delay, learning disability, or are on the waiting list for an autism diagnoses.

During the therapy sessions parents can relax in the conference centre and enjoy this opportunity to meet and greet with other parents in the same situation as themselves to facilitate the of sharing ideas and support. Optional activities for siblings could be offered if requested. Guest speakers will be invited to give talks on two of the mornings. They will provide more insight into autism and the services available here in NI.

Programme Highlights:

  • There will be four children in each group, who will work one to one with the therapists on individual goals agreed beforehand with parents.
  • The sessions last for three hours each day, for five consecutive days.
  • Parents are given a 45min feedback from the therapists at the end of the week with recommendations for continued work at home.
  • The therapy team consists of four fully qualified and experienced paediatric therapists (ASD specialised), including Speech & Language, physio, occupational and Music Therapy, along with two experienced volunteers.

Early Start therapy is ideal for:

  • Pre school children who will benefit from multi treatment therapy to achieve significant developmental gains and develop new skills.
  • Children who are waiting on a diagnoses or have recently been diagnosed with autism, and are the beginning of their autism therapy journey.

The location for Early Start is All Saints’ Conference and Community Centre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim.

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Adam's Camp Intensive Therapy Early Start for young children ages 0-4 years

Pathfinder Therapy (ages 4+)

5 Days – 5 Therapists – 5 Campers – 2 Volunteers

Pathfinder Therapy is an intensive, multidisciplinary therapy programme for children ages 4 and older who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Our signature Pathfinder Therapy programme uses our unique therapy model, which consists of teams of 5 paediatric therapists who work one-on-one with 5 children over 5 consecutive days. Therapists focus on each child’s strengths to provide goal-centered, outcome-based treatment. Synergy, focus, and extensive time dedicated specifically to working on strengthening skills make this a unique and powerful intervention. Children often achieve significant developmental, functional and behavioural gains that can be further developed and sustained.

While therapy for the child with special needs is the primary focus, families are an important part of these programmes. These programmes are ideal for parents who want respite in a relaxed setting, allowing for quality time with one another, and as a family.

Programme Highlights:

  • 5 consecutive days, 6 hours of intensive therapy daily, based on an individualised goal-centered treatment plan
  • The therapy team is comprised of a combination of speech and language, occupational, play, art, behavioural and music therapists with the precise team make-up determined by the specific needs of the campers
  • 5 paediatric therapists and 2 volunteers work exclusively with 5 children in a team oriented environment
  • Fun activities such as swimming and yoga, where each child is supported by a therapist
  • Family conference at the end of week includes a clinical report with recommendations for home, school, year round therapists, paediatricians and other providers
  • Daily Siblings Programme for camper siblings
  • Daily Parent meetings and respite time

Pathfinder Therapy is ideal for:

  • Children who can benefit from multiple treatment therapies to achieve significant developmental gains and learn new skills
  • Children who are ready to be in an intensive, one-on-one therapy setting, where every moment is a therapy moment
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Explorer Therapy (ages 7+)

5 Days – 5 Therapists – 5 Campers – 2 Volunteers – 0 Sleepover Night

Explorers will benefit from all the elements of Pathfinder therapy while focusing more on building independence, developing social skills, and making transitions. The Explorer programme is a hybrid of the Pathfinder and Trailblazer camps and is intended to help campers develop important life skills while progressing to become a Trailblazer.

Programme Highlights:

  • The therapy team will consist of five fully qualified therapists who specialise in autism, along with two experienced volunteers.
  • The team will provide six hours of one to one or small group work therapy each day for five consecutive days focusing on individual goals agreed with parents beforehand.
  • The precise make-up of the team is determined by the needs of the campers, but will include Speech & Language Therapy, Music Therapy, along with three other therapists to be determined in accordance with the campers’ needs.

Explorers Therapy is Ideal For:

  • Children who have experienced the pathfinder programme and are ready for a new challenge.
  • Children who would benefit from the elements of the intensive therapy model of pathfinders while experiencing a step towards the outdoor adventure therapy model of Trailblazers ‘therapy on the go’

This is a full week long residential for all members of the camper’s family, based at Corrymeela, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.

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Adam's Camp Intensive Therapy Family Camp at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch
Adam's Camp intensive therapy family camp at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

Trailblazer Therapy (ages 8+)

5 Days – 4 Therapists – 5 Campers – 2 Volunteers – 1 Sleepover Night

Trailblazer is an activity-based, “therapy-on-the-go” programme for youth ages 8 and over who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Campers take part in a variety of activities that help build self-confidence, independence, and social skills. A one-night sleepover with their team of campers and therapists adds fun and builds independence.

Our Trailblazer programme consists of teams comprised of 4 therapists and 2 volunteers with 5 campers so campers receive both small group and one-on-one therapy throughout the week.

Programme highlights:

  • 5 consecutive days of therapy-supported activities, based on a group goal-centered treatment plan
  • The therapy team is comprised of a combination of speech and language, occupational, play, art, behavioural and music therapists with the precise team make-up determined by the specific needs of the campers
  • Teams of 4 therapists and 2 volunteers who work exclusively with 5 children
  • Activity-focused programming such as swimming, yoga and field trips
  • A one-night sleepover for campers with their team! This night away from family is a step towards transitioning to greater independence, and is an essential part of the Trailblazer programme
  • Parent conference at end of week includes a clinical report and recommendations for home, school, year round therapists, paediatricians and other providers
  • Daily Siblings Programme for camper siblings.  Junior siblings camp for children 4 and under get 3 hours activity on site per day.  Senior siblings for children 5 and up receive 6 hours of adventure and activity off site per day.
  • Daily Parent meetings and respite time
  • This is a full residential for all the members of the campers family.  Based at Corrymella Ballycastle.

Trailblazer is ideal for:

  • Children who can benefit from multiple treatment therapies to address the programme’s primary goals: to improve social skills and develop independence
  • Trailblazer is developed for children who benefit from the challenge of outdoor activities, while receiving therapy.
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Have questions about our Intensive Therapy Family Camps?

Contact our Director by email for assistance in determining which camp is most appropriate for your camper.

Therapy Camp Dates & Locations

Early Start, Half Day Camp
All Saints’ Conference Centre, Ballymena

1st- 6th July, 2018
Schedule:
Early Start half day therapy programme (non-residential)
All Saints’ Conference and Community Centre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim
1st July: families arrive at All Saints at 3pm for a welcome meet and greet with the other families and therapy team. All details for the week and schedule, goals and any questions discussed.
2nd-6th July: Therapy days, 9am-12pm therapy hours.
6th July: last day of therapy and parent conferences.

Pathfinder Therapy Family Camps
Corrymeela, Ballycastle

19th-24th August, 2018
Schedule:

19th August families families arrive from 3pm onwards and are allocated their rooms and settle in.

Welcome meeting at 7pm (childcare provided)

all details for the week are discussed:

Schedules for campers, siblings and parents
Goals are confirmed and agreed, and any other questions are answered.
20th-23rd August: therapy days…from 8.30am-2.30pm
24th August: last day of therapy and parents conferences.

Explorers Therapy Family Camps
Corrymeela, Ballycastle

15th-20th July, 2018
Schedule:

15th July: families arrive from 3pm onwards and are allocated their rooms and settle in.

Welcome meeting at 7pm (childcare provided)

all details for the week are discussed:

Schedules for campers, siblings and parents goals are confirmed and agreed, and any other questions are answered.
16th-20th: therapy days from 8.30am-2.30pm
20th: last day of therapy and parents conferences.

Trailblazer Therapy Family Camps
Corrymeela, Ballycastle

15th-20th July, 2018
Schedule:

15th July: families families arrive from 3pm onwards and are allocated their rooms and settle in.

Welcome meeting at 7pm (childcare provided) all details for the week are discussed:
Schedules for campers, siblings and parents goals are confirmed and agreed, and any other questions are answered
16th-20th: therapy days from 8.30am-2.30pm
20th: last day of therapy and parents conferences.
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Therapy Camp Rates & Funding

Camp Non Residential Your Cost Deposit
Early Start Therapy  (registration currently on hold) POA POA

Early Start is a half day therapy programme based at All Saints Ballymena, Co Antrim and is non residential.  Therapy, siblings camp, and parents workshops are included in the cost.

Camp Residential Your Cost Deposit
Pathfinder Therapy Programme £2000 £200
Explorer Therapy Programme
 £2000  £200
 Trailblazer Therapy Programme  £2000  £200
Pathfinder, Explorer and Trailblazers are all-inclusive, 6 days residential arrangement for all members of the camper’s family.  Lodging, meals, therapy, siblings camp and parent workshop are included in the cost. Location is Corrymeela, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

**Please appreciate the actual costs of this programme are substantially greater than the above fees. These additional costs are being paid for by Adam’s Camp Northern Ireland through fundraising.

This is an all-inclusive, full residential arrangement including meals for all members of the camper’s family. Lodging is included in the cost stated above.

Once you have completed the initial application for camp, new families will receive a phone call from a member of the programme team to discuss how we can best meet the needs of your child and to decide on placement in the session that will maximize their success. We will answer any questions or concerns you may have before going forward with the deposit.

Your application is complete when we have received your online application, discussed your camper’s placement with you and we have received your deposit. This non-refundable deposit reserves your place at camp.

PROGRAMME FEE: £2,000 Lodging is included.

DEPOSIT: A £200 deposit is required by 31 January or at the time the Programme Director lets you know your camper application is accepted. Official placement is contingent upon receipt of your deposit. This deposit secures a spot for your camper and is non-refundable.

Campers on a wait list make a deposit when a place is available and accepted.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
31 March £600
30 April £600
31 May £600

Details of how to make payments will be included in the acceptance letter.

Additional Funding Resources

Parents can choose to seek funding for payments through outside sources, such as GrantsForIndividuals or Family Fund.

Northern Ireland Camp Location

The 2018 residential programmes will be held 1.5 miles from the picturesque seaside town of Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland at the Corrymeela Community village.

Ballycastle is located an hour and a half from Belfast in an area of outstanding natural beauty the Causeway Coast and Glens of Co. Antrim. Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland can be viewed from the coastline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each week we will have ten places available, for ten children with ASD and their families.

Early Start – 4 kids, age 4 and under
Pathfinder -10 kids, age 4 and upwards
Explorer – 5 kids, age 7 and upwards
Trailblazer – 5 kids, age 8 and upwards

Non-Residential – All Saints Conference Centre, Ballymena.

Price on Application.  Registration for Early Start Therapy is currently on hold at this time.

Residential Therapy Camps – Corrymella, Ballycastle.

The parents’ contribution per child with ASD is £2,000. The remaining costs are subsidized by Adam’s Camp NI. This includes…

  • Your child’s place on the signature therapy model unique to Adam’s Camp. Five days of intensive therapy, six hours per day, one-to-one or in small groups of five children, with five pediatric therapists.
  • Siblings camp programme which provides the brothers and sisters of the camper with a fun adventure and activities in a safe camp setting.
  • Parent support workshops, daily sessions with other parents to discuss common challenges and an opportunity to meet guest speakers who specialise in autism. The all-important respite is built into the week.
  • End of week conference when parents are invited to a one hour session with the therapists who worked with your child. This includes a detailed report on everything that happened in the therapy room and how to implement this at home for continued success.
  • Full board at Corrymeela. Clean and comfortable family rooms are available to all members of the camper’s family and three meals a day, prepared on site by cooks with a choice of options each day, including any special dietary requirements. Packed lunches available to anyone going off site for activities.

Each of the five therapy teams is comprised of a combination of speech, occupational, physical, art, music or behavioral therapists with the precise team make-up determined by the specific needs of the campers.

Each therapist is fully qualified and has experience in working with children with ASD. Two of the therapists are coming from Adam’s Camp in the United States and they will be the team leaders.

The therapists will be supported by volunteer students all of whom have experience in this area. There will be two volunteers for each programme.

The siblings’ camp will be led by the siblings coordinator and supported by two further volunteers.