Monthly updates on all the activities associated w/ Spectrum Insights and related events in the Ottawa Area. If you would like have your event listed in the next newsletter please contact The Program Director John Anderson: John@spectruminsights.ca
I hope everyone is having a great summer and staying cool! We have been having an excellent summer on this end w/ our camps. Having team Laura on the team has been wonderful for myself as she is an excellent teacher, but also for the kids, she really packs a lot of fun into each day and we are seeing some great growth in all students. If you would like to learn more about the camp, please visit our web page. http://www.spectruminsights.ca/summer-camp.html For highlights of the camp and to see what we get up to, please check out our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/spectrum.insights If you are not able to visit our Facebook page, please use the link below that takes you directly to our August 1-5 video on my google drive page. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2cpDZXcaCKJNzkzRFZZakxWOUU
I wanted to take a moment share an insight on our programming and issues all parents face. Part of the camps mission statement is to get the kids out trying new things and this takes them out of their comfort zone. We do it in a fun way so they can try new things and make friends w/ out tears or stress. We have had few students who are not thrilled w/ movie days, but they attend and enjoy the social experience. If it is a sensory issue, we certainly do not see films. But for general dislike, we encourage the students to try new things and they grow as a result. Most of the students have challenges when it comes to getting out and being social and many prefer to stay home. I cant argue w/ that as it is their comfort zone, heck, I have my comfort zones. Exercising is something I should do and its good for me, but its hard work and I prefer to avoid it. I have a personal trainer whose job it is to get me our of the door and she makes it easy and fun. Thats the same w/ being social or other challenges my students on the spectrum face. We are looking at preparing them for the world when they cannot always avoid situations they do not enjoy (again, not forcing them to face fears or sensory issues). I am saying this as many of the activities we choose are based around real life events the students may encounter w/ future friends and social events.....we give the student a little nudge so when the experience or an opportunity presents itself to go hang out at a party or be w/ friends, they will be prepared and cope in an appropriate way. Films are a huge part of culture...I had two students talk all week about super hero films....slowly they got the other students taking interest in the pop culture of the summer, comics, films and games. So when kids at school are going on about the latest marvel films in sept, my guys now can step up and say "hey I saw that!" and have some social connections. -John
Go team Laura! I want to extend a huge thanks to Laura Kubisheski for running our Just For Girls Camp and leading our camps in July and August. The kids had a blast and her programming was fantastic! We changed a few things this year, joining both camps each week was new. We felt the kids thrived socially as there were more kids to interact with. We also spent less time in the classroom and more time out and about learning Social & Life Skills. We also added more activities each week. Sadly August 8-12 will be her last week. So if you see her at camp, be sure to give a big hug and thanks!
Melisa & Brian Wow...it was so great having you guys on our team this summer. You are both so good at what you do! If you do not know already, Melisa & Brian work at the school board advising assistant educators and teachers on how to best help students w/ special needs. They were both working w/ one of my students during camp. It is his third summer w/ Spectrum Insights and I have seen a lot of growth mainly in part to the fantastic skills set of Melisa & Brian!
October 2016 Just a reminder, we will have some new programs running in October.
An acting work shop
There will also be some changes to our social group, stay tuned! Details, locations and dates will be posted in our next newsletter.
Spectrum Insights Social group Early registration is now closed. We still have a couple of spots open if you would like to register for 2016/17 The fee is $225 for 9 months. Students already attending the SISG/summer camps need only email or call to have their child's name put on our wait list. If you have not attended our socials before contact our program director to arrange an interview time. Contact details below. There will be no drop in spots available and registration is limited to 20 participants.
The social nights for 2016/17 will be on the following dates:
Some things to look for in 2016/17 Outdoor adventures - Day adventures where a qualified guide and myself take the students on hikes in the woods and learn to make camp fires, wildlife and plant recognition, learn to safely use tools for cutting wood, photography and how to entertain yourself when away from electronics. Prices and dates to be announced.
Acting Lessons - I always wanted to get my students involved in acting as I believe it will help them better understand body language and the fundamentals of communication. Prices and dates to be announced.
Moving Forward Social Group - A social group for our students 18 years old and older. The focus will be making friends and planning socials. We will be eating out then attending a fun social activity once a month. The goal is to get the adults to stay connected with each and create lasting friendships.
Just For Girls Social Group - JFG will continue in 2016/17. Our pilot project has ended and we will be making this a ongoing program! Thank you everyone who was involved in this project. Alicia Hannah for its inception, Laura Kubisheski for the summer camp and Julia Zayed for the fantastic social nights!
To register please email or call John at: John@spectruminsights.ca 613.220.5920
What Our Clients Are Saying
I have accompanied clients for 2 summers to John's camp. I have been to the Social & Life Skills Camp and the 18 and older "Moving Forward Camp." My clients and myself look forward each summer to attending his camp. John has excellent behaviour management skills, teaches the clients social and life skills (planning your bus route, bus etiquette, looking at a menu and ordering, tipping, planning and organizing outings, getting to know people, body language, budgeting money, etc.) that are important to daily living as well as incorporating the clients' interests that are age appropriate. He develops a great relationship with the clients and jokes around with them to develop a rapport. Sometimes our daily schedule changes, which helps clients deal with changes that can occur in every day life. The clients develop friendships with each other and help each other out thanks to John's teaching. John allows the clients to make mistakes and encourages them to work as a team to solve the problem. John captures our daily outings on camera and/or film so parents can view their children interacting and having fun at camp.
It is a great camp for fostering independence while incorporating your child's interest which in turn creates motivation! I have been to many summer camps and this camp is one of the top camps that my clients and myself look forward to attending each summer!