Pizza Making: Todays goal was to buy the ingredients for a pizza and make it back at camp. The group had $30 to work with. They managed to stay under budget at $24. The boys did a great job shopping and were able to make 4 pizzas, bought 2 bottles of pop, chips and candy...AND they washed the dishes, swept the floor and cleaned the kitchen. Colour me proud!
I am on Holiday and back July 7. I will be checking emails periodically so please expect a delay in regards to replies.
If you are interested in our summer camp, please visit the following parent info link for more info on:
Thank you, see you all soon!
Send a Student to Camp recipient
We reached our goal of $425. That is enough to cover the cost for a deserving family that their child may attend our Spectrum Insights Summer Camp.
Please see his wonderful message below.
Thank you for donating to spectrum insights so that I can go to camp. It means so much to me to know that their are people out there who are willing to donate money to an organization that provides services to children with Autism. I’m also glad that their are people out there that see people with Autism as being unique not inferior to people who don’t have Autism.
I love the camp since it let’s me develop my interpersonal skills in a safe, sheltered environment, along side other people like me who are having to find their own ways to cope with their personal challenges. Spectrum Insights also has a caring, inclusive and fun mood attributed to it that makes the camp activities enjoyable. Spectrum Insights has also helped me get used to going on the bus on my own, since the camp also teaches you how to plan a bus route, find the right bus stop to get off the bus and other stuff about OC Transpo. I have also learned how to manage my money while at camp since we go and eat out almost every day and then on Friday we go to the mall and we are aloud to used the money that we saved all week to buy stuff at the mall that we want. Camp has also taught me how to be flexible since the restaurants that we go to throughout the week vary in style of food so we get to try all sorts of different food. I also enjoy Spectrum Insights since we go on a lot of fun outings instead of staying inside all day so it keeps me active and I have fun at the same time. I also enjoy the staff because they are friendly and fun.
So thank you to all to all of the people who donated money to spectrum insights so that I can go to camp.
Introducing Catherine to the Spectrum Team! She will be running the JFG this summer.
RSVP by May 28
Spectrum Insights Social Group invite for JFG
Private house party
To register for JFG, click the following link:
Online Registration form
June 1st Social Group
The JFG had fun at Tulip Fest w/ Photographers Dmitri Moisseev and Diana B. We also had a special guest, Catherine D'iorio, our new summer camp leader came in to say hi. Dmitri and Diana's photos will be shared privately on our site for all parents who's
Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers is currently on sale for $15 at Amazon.
Some of the students at our popular SISG really enjoy playing this board game. For $15, it's a steal! If your child or you have been thinking about Arena of the Planeswalkers, now is a great time to get the game. I suspect, hasbro may stop supporting it and it will become hard to find.
Before you click buy on Amazon, be aware that w/ shipping and taxes, the game will be $29 (shipping to Ottawa). That means you really are not saving any money and can buy the game in a physical store for $29. If your order is over $35 shipping is free. I suggest waiting until you can fill your cart w/ an order over $35 then this becomes a great deal!
If you are curious what this game is about, want to know if your child will like it and how it relates to the popular card game Magic the Gathering (MTG), read on:
Arena of the Planeswalkers (AOTP) is a board game based on the Heroscape rule set. Wait..what...Heroscape? You lost me at Magic the Gathering, my nerd tolerance is low.
Hey, dont worry, Heroscape is a popular board game made by hasbro and discontinued in 2010. The game has modular parts for building huge maps (think minecraft but on a table), and uses miniature armies to battle each other. Since discontinued, it can be bought for hundreds of $$$ on Ebay, thats how popular it is. So AOTP is very similar but for a much cheaper price. It uses characters from the card game MTG and thats about as far as it goes. The game mechanics are in no way similar to MTG. But this does not matter, what you are getting is a fun miniatures game based on a popular existing set of rules. AOTOP has large map pieces and some modular parts to create varied adventures where 2-5 armies can battle each other. It takes some strategy, lots of communication and co operation if you play in teams. Students who enjoy games w/ depth and longer playing time enjoy this game and the one feature they enjoy the most, HOUSE RULES. The games has so many creative options, you are in no way limited by the rules, a little creativity, imagination along w/ a few friends and you will have a large advenutre sure to keep the kids and adults busy for hours!
How will it benefit my ASD child?
AOTP is rules heavy, for the teens who enjoys getting caught up in details, this game is for you. The base rules are very clear and make for a fun game. With 2 or more players, your child will get a social opportunity to communicate and co operate around an engaging game that can take and hour or more to play. For imagination and an immersive experience, I give it a 10/10.
Pro tips for a better experience and some cons:
I have bought the 2 expansions and second version of the base game to ensure there are enough parts, armies and maps to create larger scenarios. The game is meant to grow via expansions and the addition of modular parts, similar to Heroscape. So far, Hasbro has been pretty chintzy with extra parts in the box. W/ the addition of a second base game, the maps can now become much larger and armies massive for some truly epic battles. One con with the base game, the maps are one sided. W/ the expansion (see below) you get double sided maps for more adventure options. For added value and longevity, I suggest creating House Rules. This way you can create larger scenarios using all the map pieces, summon larger armies and come up w/ your own goals.
My overall opinion:
Is the game worth it, yes and no. For $15 it is certainly worth getting. Initially I bought it as a resource for our social group. Having played it a few times, I like it and would own a copy for personal use. It is a game revolving around communication and co operation and attention to details. Socially, its a heckuva fun game.
The base game is a lot of fun. Friends could purchase the expansions to add to the fun thus sharing the cost. My idea of buying 2 base sets and 2 expansions, you would need to be a super nerd or run a large social group like I do. Try the base game out as it's currently on sale and if you like it, I recommend Shadows over Innistrad as the first Expansion to buy.
My main gripe and in fact most peoples gripe:
The idea of the game is for it grow, currently, Hasbro has not brought much else to the table in terms of adding modular parts for larger, creative and more diverse playing fields. As it stands I give the game a 8 our of 10 for fun. The other challenge is the relationship to Magic the gathering, it's in name only. People coming to the game thinking they will be getting a MTG experience will be Disappointed. Lack of growth is the other big complaint....c'mon hasbro, make some stinking parts.
Expansions: Shadows over Innistrad is a complete game in itself. It has the same rules as AOTP but adds a bit more clarity in the instructions. It adds new Planeswalkers, more maps and multicolored armies for variety. I personally like that the maps are double sided. For added social fun, one friend could buy the base game and another the Shadows over Innistrad to add longevity to the game. On their own, each has a complete game. Shadows unfortunately is not on sale and averages about $29 in stores.
The first expansion, Battle for Zendikar is NOT a stand alone game and adds a little variety to the base game and Shadows mentioned above. I was a bit disappointed in this expansion. All it adds are a new planeswalker, Hero and super tough bad guy to play against. No modular pieces or maps. Is it worth buying? If it was on sale and only of you like the base game as much as I do. It adds to the overall game but not as a good as Shadows.
Are you curious about play testing the game, Join us May 4th at our next Social Group SISG. We will have the games set up and playing some house rules. For more information on our social group, please contact our director to see if SISG is right for your child!