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Field Placement Presentation Melissa Homakie Cran-Hill Ranch ~Valentines Winter Retreat~ Exceptional Child Spring Semester 2002 Ranch Cran-Hill Ranch Cran-Hill Weekend Retreat for Mentally Impaired Adults – Feb. 15-17, 2002 Rodney, Michigan Main Lodge Tim Hertlzer- Supervisor/Program Director Previous Summer Camp Staff Initial Reactions Before the campers came: What’s going on? Nervousness Once the campers came: What loving people! Challenging Excitement Personal Goals • Develop love and compassion for those with special needs • Experience and Understanding • Be energetic, patient,and loving • Develop Relationships Activities Indoor Activities Meals Carnival Valentine’s Crafts Singing/Devotional Time Talent Show Outdoor Activities Hayride Pony Rides Hike My Responsibilities Be a 24/7 help • Enthusiastically participate in all to all the activities/ be an campers example • Be a friend • Help in kitchen if needed Stories • Ron • Mardi and Emily • Talent Show • Dance Party What I Learned Things I couldn’t learn in books Gained appreciation for ~ Give love and friendship people with special needs: unconditionally ~ Wonderful people Priority Check ~ Find joy in little things Patience ~ Unabashed Text Connections Students with mental retardation -- Pg. 219 Four Major Concepts Intellectual Functioning Pg. 242 - substantial limitations “Hands-on Adaptive Behavior activities and - also have significant limitations in opportunities for adaptive skills or behavior functional Developmental period practice are - develop before age 18 important.” Systems of Support - services and accommodations Article from Professional Journal “Happy Camping” Author: Jacqueline Gieri Source: The Exceptional Parent V. 31 no 3 March 2001 Pg. 46-49 Summary of Article Benefits of camp experience for children and adults with disabilities Expand horizons Test their abilities and develop confidence in them Gain self-esteem Gain independence Feel like everybody else New social circle World Wide Web Information Information on Friendship Camp at Cran-Hill Ranch and another similar camp and information about the camps in general http://www.cranhillranch.com/friendshipcamp.htm (Or http://www.cranhillranch.com/) http://www.westminsterwoods.org/friendship_camp.htm Conclusion Feel thankful/privileged for the opportunity Great learning experience Challenging and rewarding Feel blessed by the campers Had a great time!
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