Intensive Therapy Family Camps 2017-04-27T21:05:56+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

Pathfinder Therapy

Ages 4 and up

Trailblazer Therapy

Ages 8 and up

Discovery Therapy

Ages 12 and up

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

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 modalities 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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Adam's Camp Intensive Therapy Early Start for young children ages 0-4 years
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. The activity-based focus of this programme makes participation for those with who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility a challenge. Please discuss this with a member of the Adam’s Camp programme staff.

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 program
  • Parent conference at end of week includes a clinical report and recommendations for home, school, year round therapists, paediatricians and other providers
  • Daily Siblings Program for camper siblings
  • Daily Parent meetings and respite time

Trailblazer is ideal for:

  • Children who can benefit from multiple treatment modalities to address the programme’s primary goals: to improve social skills and develop independence
  • Children who are ready for an activity-filled adventure, but not yet ready for a sleep-away camp
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Discovery Therapy (ages 12+)

5 Days – 4 Therapists – 5 Campers – 2 Volunteers – 1-2 Sleepover Nights

Discovery is an activity-based, “therapy-on-the-go” programme for young teens on the autism spectrum. Discovery campers benefit from 6 hours of daily team-based therapy for 5 consecutive days including 1-2 sleepover nights. The Discovery model is intended for campers who will benefit from a group-based therapeutic approach that focuses on practicing social skills and developing independence in activities of daily living. Family and sibling programmes are provided.

Programme Highlights:

  • For teens 12 and older and their families
  • 6 hours of therapeutic group-based activities for 5 consecutive days.
  • 1-2 sleepover nights
  • Emphasis on social and independence skills
  • 5 campers, 4 therapists, and 2 volunteers per team
  • Teams are staffed with a combination of occupational, speech, music, art, play, or behavioural therapists. The specific “mix” of therapists is based on the needs of the campers in the group
  • Parents enjoy optional speakers and activities and respite during therapy hours
  • Daily activities for siblings
  • At the end of the week, conferences with the therapists outline your camper’s goals, interventions, results, and recommendations
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Adam's Camp Intensive Therapy Family Camp at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

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

Pathfinder Therapy Family Camp
Corrymeela, Ballycastle

16 – 21 July, 2017

Schedule:
16 July: Families Arrive in the afternoon for an evening welcome meeting with other families and your camper’s therapy staff. All details for the week and schedules are discussed.
17-21 July: Therapy days. Families may check-out on the final therapy day and leave following conferences.
22 July: Families may choose to stay overnight following the final therapy day and conference to have a relaxed checkout and say their goodbyes to new friends.

Trailblazer and Discovery Therapy Family Camps
Corrymeela, Ballycastle

27 July – 1 August, 2017

Schedule:
16 July: Families Arrive in the afternoon for an evening welcome meeting with other families and your camper’s therapy staff. All details for the week and schedules are discussed.
28 July – 1 August: Therapy days. Families may check-out on the final therapy day and leave following conferences.
2 August: Families may choose to stay overnight following the final therapy day and conference to have a relaxed checkout and say their goodbyes to new friends.

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Therapy Camp Rates & Funding

Camp Your Cost Deposit
Pathfinder Therapy Programme £2,000 £200
Trailblazer Therapy Programme £2,000 £200
Discovery Therapy Programme £2,000 £200

**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 2017 programme 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 on the northeasternmost coastal tip of Ireland at the northern mainland limit of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland can be viewed from the coastline.

If you require more information please contact Grainne by email.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Pathfinder -10 kids, age 4 and upwards
Trailblazer – 5 kids, age 8 and upwards
Discovery – 5 kids, age 12 and upwards

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 two 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 for Pathfinders and Trailblazers.

The therapists will be supported by volunteer students all of whom have experience in this area. There will be two volunteers for each programme, including one who has participated in all of the US camps.

The siblings’ camp will be led by a fully qualified and experienced primary school teacher, supported by two further volunteers.

We are also delighted to confirm that the co-founders of the U.S. Adam’s Camp model, Bob and Karel Horney, will be joining us in our first year of Adams camp NI. This is the first international camp in their 30 year history.