5th Annual Day Camp For Individuals With Autism Set For June 17-20

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The fifth annual Camp Spectrum will be held at Lee University’s Helen DeVos College of Education from June 17-20.

Camp Spectrum, a day camp for individuals with autism, will run Monday through Thursday, beginning at 8 a.m. and finishing at noon each day. Anyone on the spectrum, ages four through young adult, is invited to attend.

“One of our goals is to offer activities that a typical camper would experience, with the understanding that additional support will be needed,” said Dr. Kim Moffett, director of Camp Spectrum and associate professor of education at Lee. “It also allows parents to have a few minutes of respite while entrusting us to care for their camper.”

Each camper will receive a t-shirt and will participate in swimming, bounce houses, and various other activities including art and music.

The day camp will precede the 11th annual Southeastern Autism Symposium, titled, “Lights, Camera, Autism!” The symposium will take place on Friday, June 21, and will feature keynote speakers Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian, sisters and authors of “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children.”

The 2013 sponsors are Elite Behavior, Lee University, Life Bridges, Orange Grove Center, and Signal Centers.

Applications are now being accepted. The cost for this year’s camp is $50.

For more information about the symposium or to register for Camp Spectrum visitwww.autismsymposiumse.com.

For more information about Camp Spectrum contact Moffett at 423-614-8672 orkmoffett@leeuniversity.edu.


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