Improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, MD

Summer 2020 Camp Guide

This list is intended to be a general guide to camps appropriate for children on the autism spectrum. We encourage xMinds members to provide their feedback about their experiences with these camps on our Google Group.  Please verify actual session dates, requirements, and costs with the individual camps.
Updated June 7, 2020

For additional non-academic summer activities, scroll to the lower part of our Covid-19 resources page.


*Denotes camps offered by xMinds Professional Members


Alliance Pediatrics*

Virtual Secret Agent Academy Summer Program
Location: Online
Contact: https://forms.gle/smZBMhLQUq9Fb6YM8
Learn more here: https://www.sst-institute.net/sas-families

Some children and families are really missing socialization during this time of separation.  We are offering fun and skill-centered virtual summer camps for children ages 7-11.  This is a summer camp that helps kids become calm and confident socially. The Secret Agent Academy Summer Program is based on the curriculum of the Secret Agent Society (SAS), an evidence-based intervention for children ages 8-12 with social & emotional challenges. 


Alliance Pediatrics and Center for Communication and Learning*

Social Connections Group

Contact: peers.maryland@gmail.com

Does your teen need opportunities to connect with others socially during this time of social distancing? Is your teen feeling lonely? Would your teen thrive if given the opportunity to make connections with peers? Join our Social Connections for Teens Group, a 5-week virtual program, an opportunity for your teen to socialize and obtain support during this challenging time. A free parent session will be offered to help you be there for your teen too! 


ArtStream*

Take Five! Summer Intensives For ages 18 and up, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. You'll focus on character development or musical theater fundamentals for five consecutive days. 

Location: Online

Summer dates:  June 15-19, 2020

Times:  Creating a Character  2:30-4:00pm; Musical Theater Bootcamp 4:30-6:00pm

Cost:  $195

Details and Registration: https://www.art-stream.org/event/take-five-artstream-summer-intensives/2020-06-15/


Summer Classes  For ages 18 and up, with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. 

Comedy for All

Join us as we explore the world of comedy! You’ll create your own comedy monologue, learn how to write a joke, develop your stand-up character, and study the different forms of physical comedy to use in your act.

Location: Online

Summer dates: Tuesdays, June 23-July 28, 2020

Times: 7:00pm - 8:30 pm 

Cost: $225

Details and Registration: https://www.art-stream.org/event/comedy-scenes-silver-spring-md/2020-06-23/


Script Writing

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the playwriting format and flex their artistic chops using weekly writing prompts. Class time will be divided between prompt writing, discussion, and scene reading. Inspired by classes taught by New York playwright and author Jessica Dickey.

Location: Online

Summer dates:  Thursdays, June 25-July 23, 2020

Times: 4:30pm - 6:00 pm 

Cost: $195

Details and Registration: https://www.art-stream.org/event/broadway-song-dance-alexandria-va/2020-06-25/



Center for Communication and Learning*

Virtual Social Programs

Contact:  Info@ccl-md.com

Story Time Goes Virtual 

If Interested:  Be Social Form

Social learning will be explored through stories, art, drama, and pretend play. This fun-filled program will introduce early learners to the core concepts of Social Thinking. (Ages 4-7)


Around-the-World 

If Interested:  Be Social Form

Not able to go on the vacation you planned this year? Allow us to travel virtually with your child to continue to grow their social awareness and collaborative skills this summer! Based on the TV show Amazing Race, we will (virtually) travel to places near and far. This group will focus on team-building experiences.  (Ages 8-12)

Center for Communication and Learning & Fitness for Health*

B Social Therapeutic Program -- ONE WEEK scheduled for in person
Location: 11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 303, Rockville, MD 20852
Contact: (301) 231-7138; info@fitnessforhealth.org
Website: http://fitnessforhealth.org/b-social-therapeutic-summer-program/
Summer 2020 Dates: August 10-14 Online;  August 17-21 IN-PERSON, and August 24-28 Online;  Online weeks 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; in-person week 9am-11:00am.
Complete registration details online.

The B Social Camp targets children ages 4–10. Fitness for Health pediatric fitness specialists in collaboration with the Center for Communication and Learning speech and language therapists will provide an integrated movement and social cognitive thinking program for your children. This program will integrate Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® concepts with motor activities. These will be introduced in a fun and motivating way encouraging participants to explore and improve their social cognition and motor development. Activities will focus on developing your child’s abilities in the areas of Cooperation, Problem Solving, Being a Part of a Group, Fitness Fun, and Conversational Skills.


Edlavich DC Jewish Community Center

Virtual Summer of Service (Virtual SOS)

Location: Online

Contact:  Joy Stein, Director of Inclusion and Disability Programming at joys@edcjcc.org202-777-3276

Website:https://www.edcjcc.org/

To Register:  https://dcjcc.campintouch.com/v2/camper/application/app0.aspx

Dates: Two sessions June 22 - 26 and June 29 - July 3; Half-days 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM with an hour-long break for lunch at 12:00 PM

Cost:  $250/week

Ages: Middle and High Schoolers of all abilities

The goal of camp is to allow teens of all abilities to spend time this summer making the world a better place. Together we’ll learn about relevant social responsibility issues that reflect our very own communities, and work with nonprofits to give back. Campers will earn 17.5 SSL hours per week.  Activities will include: 

  • Learning about local food banks and hosting your own neighborhood food drive. 
  • Participating in the virtual Ride for the Living, a global fitness initiative in partnership with JCC Krakow (Poland). 
  • Learning actions to take to promote racial justice. 
  • Learning about the work of Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, meeting group home residents, and playing virtual bingo with the residents. 
  • Sending thank you notes to health care works and essential personnel. 
  • And so much more!



Fitness for Health*

Move and Schmooze

Location:  Online

Contact: Pam at Pam@fitnessforhealth.org 

Dates:  One session per week for 6 weeks, dates to be established by the group participants

Fitness for Health is offering two virtual social and movement groups for teens and for young adults where they will combine movement and communication skills.

Teen Group for ages 12-15.  Parents will be participants aiding in the facilitation of the group as well as learning the social building blocks with their child.

Cost: $125/session (Overall cost for 6 sessions $750)

Young Adult Group for ages 19-24.  No parent participation needed.

Cost:  $100/session (Overall cost for 6 sessions $600)


MoCo Movement Center*

Private and Group Interactive Virtual Sessions
Location: Online
Contact: 301-770-KIDS (5437); Info@mocomc.com
Website: https://www.mocomc.com/copy-of-virtual-coaching

Moco Movement is offering a variety of classes through their interactive platform. In each session, your child, their class leader, and the other children in the class will be able to see, hear, and interact with each other. This will provide a safe, supported way for your child to get some social time while also engaging their brains and bodies in a guided, skill-building activity.  Offerings are available for all ages and for many interests. 

Sports Plus

Sports Plus is an award winning non-profit organization that offers programs designed for participants ages 5-15 with mild to moderate autism and other developmental disabilities who are able to follow simple directions.  

The Sports Plus Summer 2020 Experience will include: 2 ½ hours of programming per day, a dynamic program that will feature both high energy fitness and other activities, and a half-hour social at the end of the day. 

Location:  Online

Week 1:  June 29-July 2 (4 days)

Week 2:  July 6-July 10 (5 days)

For details and registration: https://playsportsplus.org

The Treatment and Learning Centers*

Little Friends Language and Learning Camp
Location: Online

Contact:  Lisa Torvik at:  (301) 424-5200 x306 or LTorvik@ttlc.org

For details and registration: TLC Virtual Summer Camp

Ages 3-5. Little Friends Language & Learning Camp is geared toward preschool aged children to enhance early literacy skills while developing communication, social interaction and play skills. 


Friends Together
Location: Online

Contact:  Lisa Torvik at:  (301) 424-5200 x306 or LTorvik@ttlc.org

For details and registration: TLC Virtual Summer Camp

Ages 5-10. Combining the best of The TLC's speech-language and occupational therapy programs, this year’s summer camp program focuses on gross motor, sensory processing, communication, and social interaction skills.

Riding Together Summer Camp -- IN PERSON

Location:  Great and Small,  17320 Moore Rd., Boyds, MD 20841

For Details and Registration:  Riding Together Information

Riding Together Camp provides a fun and interactive environment to work on social skills development. By promoting the care for and engagement with horses, this camp fosters self-confidence, communication, and social skills in a unique setting.  Ages 5th-12th graders.  Cost: $750/week.  Two sessions starting Aug. 10 and August 17;  9am-3pm each day.

VisArts Center

Art Camp --  Some sessions tentatively scheduled as IN PERSON

Location: Online or 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

Sessions in June and July are virtual; August sessions tentatively in person

Online Young Artists for ages 5-6;  Online Adventures in Art for ages 7-12; Online Teens for ages 8-17

For more information: https://www.visartscenter.org/camps/




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