Autism Transition Retreat
May 6 – 8, 2016
The Autism Transition Retreat is a camp experience for young men and women between the ages of 16 and 21 who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The retreat programming is designed to promote social connections, social skills and self-discovery in a beautiful, natural environment.
Activities include: hikes, outdoor games, team building activities, dream book creation and, of course, making s’mores around the campfire.
- Experience personal development as they participate in new activities
- Increase social skills as they connect with peers
- Experience motivation through group interactions and friendship building
- Explore interests and have the opportunity to develop a vision for the future
The retreat also offers a respite opportunity to parents and caregivers, whether they choose to participate at Pine Tree Camp or return to their home. A parent or caregiver may attend with the individual, but participation is not necessary. For those who stay, we offer opportunities to connect, network and enjoy plenty of respite and relaxation.
June 28 – July 2, 2016
Most kids love to chat with other kids. And that’s certainly no different for children who talk through touchscreens!
Camp Communicate is an innovative retreat designed specifically for non-verbal children who use computerized devices, known as augmentative communication, to communicate. Camp Communicate offers kids a unique opportunity to spend time with other augmentative communicators in an accessible summer camp environment. During their stay they will learn new skills, meet friends and become more comfortable and confident in their communication abilities.
Each camper attends Camp Communicate along with a parent or caregiver. Parents will have the opportunity to attend workshops and share information and strategies in a supportive environment. Learning opportunities for parents will support more effective augmentative communication device use at home and will foster more proficient use in school.
Campers participate in:
- Small and large group activities led by communication experts and trained volunteers
- Active outdoor games
- Swimming and boating
- Nature walks
- Team-building exercises
- Festive social gatherings including a dance
- Music and art therapy
Program curriculum and activities are developed and led by Communication Pathways staff, all highly qualified Speech Language Pathologists with an expertise in augmentative communication and assistive technology.
September 20-22, 2016
Camp Sign is a unique retreat designed for adults who are deaf or use sign or gesture and have an intellectual disability. Camp Sign offers a fun, language-accessible camp experience in a barrier-free environment.
Many of our “campers” live in communication isolation as the only deaf person living in group homes scattered throughout Maine and beyond. Camp Sign offers a fun, language-accessible camp experience in a barrier-free environment.
During their stay, campers have the opportunity to connect with a peer group and benefit from participating in a full range of recreational activities all adapted to meet their needs.