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Summer Camps and Programs Selecting an Appropriate Camp Parents may have questions and concerns about sending a child to camp for the first time, particularly a child with special needs. Will my child be able to handle being away from home? How can my child possibly participate in activities like white water rafting and tree climbing with his disability? Are these activities really safe? Is the camp staff really qualified to provide my child with the care he needs? According to Jane Carr, camp director of Easter Seals Central California, concerns are only natural. The following tips can help parents through the camp selection process: Review your child's interests and abilities to determine what type of camp setting may be most appropriate for him (e.g., day, residential, special interest, or inclusive camps). Find out if the camp you are interested in is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and if "standards for persons with special needs" have been met. ACA accreditation ensures that camps meet recognized requirements for safe and stimulating programs. Talk with the director about the camp's philosophy and goals. Can the camp provide the type of experience you and your child anticipate? Ask about the director's training and experience in working with children who have similar disabilities to those of your child. Check on the camp's health and safety procedures and facilities, e.g., is there a registered nurse in residence and have emergency arrangements been made with a nearby hospital? A strong supporter of camping for all kids, Bridget Houlihan's mother Patsy maintains, "Parents should come prepared with a list of their questions and concerns for camp staff, and if their child has special medical problems they should talk to camp medical personnel beforehand." Determine the age, training and experience of counselors. Are they at least 18 years old? Have they had experience working with children with disabilities? Camps having a tie-in with professional schools or offering college courses to counselors are optimal. Refer to the return rate of campers and counselors as an indicator of quality. An extremely low rate may be a bad sign. Inquire about the ratio of counselors to campers. For children with severe disabilities, the ratio should be at least one counselor for every two or three campers. If possible, visit the camp to observe the quality of its facilities and programs. Is it accessible to children with limited mobility? Are its activities interesting, stimulating, and appropriate for your child's age, interests, and abilities? Are campers encouraged to choose and plan their own activities? Since many children with disabilities have had little opportunity to make choices, this can be great experience. Others can benefit from learning that living with a group can sometimes limit choices. Be sure to ask about the camp's registration fee. The expense of attending camp is not necessarily an indication of quality. Many camps for children with disabilities charge only a fraction of actual costs. Remember that a child included in all stages of camp selection will be better prepared and have a more enjoyable camp experience. If you're a parent and you have additional questions, contact Easter Seals or explore Easter Seals camps to find one that's best for you and your child. *With all summer camps and programs, please be sure to ask about financial aid, scholarships, subsidized pay, and additional support for a child with special needs. Overnight Summer Camps Camp Hope Lake Forest, Illinois, USA Camp Hope is a five-day recreational and residential summer camp in the Chicago area for children, teenagers, and young adults who are challenged by developmental disabilities. Camp Little Giant Carbondale, Illinois, USA 45yrs continuous service enabling people w/disabilities to experience nature,build self-esteem make friends & enjoy life Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA Camp Type: Residential | Adult Easter Seals Camps Wawbeek and Respite serve both kids and adults that have a variety of disabilities. Both camp programs are unique and all of our activities are adapted with ease. ... http://www.mysummercamps.com/camps/Special_Needs_Camps/Autism/more3.html YMCA Camps Lake View YMCA 3333 N Marshfield Ave Chicago, IL 60657 Telephone: 773-248-3333 Irving Park YMCA 4251 W Irving Park Rd Chicago, IL 60641 Telephone: 773-777-7500 McCormick Tribune YMCA in Logan Square 1834 N Lawndale Ave Chicago, IL 60647 Telephone: 773-235-2525 High Ridge YMCA 2424 W Touhy Ave Chicago, IL 60645 Telephone: 773-262-8300 Austin YMCA 501 N Central Ave Chicago, IL 60644 Telephone: 773-287-9120 Third Age Office YMCA 801 N Dearborn St 4th Fl Chicago, IL 60610 Telephone: 312-932-3000 Lawson House YMCA 30 W Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60610 Telephone: 312-944-6211 North Lawndale YMCA 3449 W Arthington St Chicago, IL 60624 Telephone: 773-638-0773 Irvine Park YMCA Day Camp Chicago, Illinois, USA Phone: 773-777-7500, ext- 286 Indian Boundary YMCA Day Camp Downers Grove, Illinois, USA Phone: 630-968-8400 Leaning Tower YMCA Day Camp Niles, Illinois, USA Phone: 708-647-8222 ext. 2204 Self-esteem specialty. Campers thrive in non-competitive, caring atmosphere with opportunities to belong and contribute. Austin YMCA Chicago, Illinois, USA Phone: 773-287-9120 Chicago Park District Summer Programs SUMMER 2009 PROGRAM REGISTRATION The Chicago Park District online registration system now utilizes PayPal. More information on this below. SUMMER 2009 PROGRAM SESSION DATES Program information available for viewing online: Monday, April 6 Online registration begins: Monday, April 20 at 9am In-person registration at most parks* begins: Saturday, April 25 Most sessions run Monday, June 15th- Sunday, August 23rd Camp session (for most camps) runs June 22 - July 31st Online registration ends: Sunday, June 14th After programs have begun, you can still register in-person at the parks, if spots are still available. * Programs offered at the North Park Village Nature Center and the McFetridge Sports Center follow a different registration schedule. For further information, please call them directly. North Park Village Nature Center:312.744.5472. McFetridge Sports Center:773.478.2609. Also, please be aware that some parks are not open on Saturdays. For these parks, the first day of in-person registration will be Monday, April 27. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Chicago Park District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or admission/access to programs and activities. ONLINE REGISTRATION TIME SAVING TIPS Save time by doing these two things before the first day of online registration 1. When viewing programs, save programs you plan to register for in your wishlist. 2.All online registration transactions are processed via PayPal (more info. on PayPal below).If you have previously set up a PayPal account, plese log into PayPal to make sure your information is up-to-date, specifically your address and payment information. Please noteit is not necessary to set up a PayPal account to register online, butit may save you time. PAYPAL: The Chicago Park District is now utilizing the PayPal online payment system. Click here for a brief review of the Chicago Park District and PayPal screens you will access when registering online. PLEASE REVIEW THESE NEW PAYMENT SCREENS BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF ONLINE REGISTRATION. ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYPAL QUESTIONS: What’s different about registration with the PayPal component added? The Chicago Park District screens will be the same as they have been in the past. After you have selected your programs and entered in the program participants' names, you will be connected to a screen where you need to add your contact information. At this screen you can review the programs you have in your Cart. Note: At this point, you have reserved the spots you have in your cart. You have 30 minutes to confirm everything is accurate on this page before you lose the spots and they go back into inventory. If everything is correct, you will click on the ―Proceed to Payment‖ button to be connected to PayPal. To review the PayPal screens, click here. Do I need a PayPal account to pay for Park District programs? No. You can use your credit card to pay for these programs with PayPal without having to setup a PayPal account. The following credit cards are accepted by PayPal: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. Please note that PayPal does require the Credit Card Security Code (CSC), the three digit number located on the back of your credit card, or for American Express, the 4 digit number on the upper right hand corner of the front of your credit card. If you plan to set up a Paypal account, you may want to consider setting it up prior to registration. Click here to set up a PayPal account now. Is payment required for all programs? Yes. As a result of these improved security controls, an online transaction fee of $1.00 is added to every order. This means that if you register for a free program, your transaction total will be $1.00. This fee is charged per transaction, not program. So, if you sign up for one program or five programs, you will only be charged $1.00 for the transaction fee. If you prefer not to pay the online transaction fee, please remember that for most programs you also have the option to register in person at the park. What are the benefits of using PayPal? Paypal is an industry leader for accepting online payments. It is a safe and easy way to authorize payments to the Chicago Park District and thousands of other online vendors without exposing your financial information to the vendor. PayPal offers 100% protection from unauthorized payments and your account is monitored 24/7 to prevent fraud. Now that PayPal facilitates the payment process for the Chicago Park District, you will know right away if there are any issues with the credit card information you enter, as well as an almost immediate email confirmation of payment. Paypal also offers you more payment options. You can simply pay using your credit card, or you can set up a Paypal account. With a Paypal account, you will have the option to pay with either a bank account or credit card. Can I still create a wishlist of programs prior to the first day of registration? Yes. The wishlist component will remain. We encourage everyone to create a wishlist and save the program(s) for which you want to register. Please note that you are saving only the program in your wishlist, not actual slots in the program. When you are ready to register and you click on the program from your wishlist, at that time you can order multiple slots in the program by entering multiple names. Creating your wishlist prior to the first day of online registration will save you time on that day, which gives you a better chance of getting a spot before they fill up. Can I register my friends’ or family members’ children? Yes, but you must know the full name of each participant in order to register them online. Registrations are not transferable, so it is important that you provide the correct name when registering. Also, please note that there is a chance that the transaction may fail or time out (only 30 minutes allotted) before any children are registered, so you are doing this at your own risk. How will I be informed that my transaction was successful? You will receive two email confirmations for your transaction. One will be a Receipt for Payment from PayPal (from firstname.lastname@example.org). The other will be an Online Registration Receipt from the Chicago Park District (from email@example.com). If you are using a spam filter, please set it to allow email from both of these addresses. The PayPal email will confirm that the transaction completed successfully. You should receive this email almost immediately after you completed your order. The Chicago Park District email will provide a link for you to access your Online Registration Receipt. You should receive this email approximately 6 hours after your payment was successfully completed with PayPal. The Chicago Park District Online Registration Receipt lists information on the programs you registered for (program name, park name, dates, times, cost, etc.). You are required to present a hard copy of this receipt to the park prior to the first day of the program. After registering online, what do I need to do to follow-up in person at the park? Look for your ―Receipt for your Payment‖ email from PayPal and your Online Registration Receipt email from the Chicago Park District. Print out a hard copy of the Chicago Park District Online Registration Receipt and present that (along with proof of age and residency) to the park prior to the first day of the program. At that time you will also be required to fill out a Participant Information Form for each participant. Proof of Age and Residency Certain programs require proof of age and/or residency. Please present valid identification such as a driver’s license, city utility bill, birth certificate, or other form of identification, to the park fieldhouse to prove age and residency. Whether you register in person at the park or online, you must provide this information prior to the program start date. Note: All fees are doubled for non-Chicago residents. If registering online, the additional fee must be paid at the park, prior to the start of class. Cancellations/Refunds A 15% service charge will be deducted from all refunds. Refunds should be requested from the park where the program is being held, before the program start date. No refunds will be made after the program begins. Please allow up to six weeks for your refund to be processed. The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. To embark on the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you are sure to find an option to match your needs. Camp programs can be found at over 190 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences. Important Dates View camp options including locations, hours and price on-line beginning April 6. Create an on-line wish list beginning April 6. On-line registration begins April 20 @ 9 am. In-person registration at local parks begins April 25. When can I register for camp? On-line registration begins April 20. Get a jumpstart on the on-line registration process by browsing and creating a wish list beginning April 6. In-person registration at the parks begins April 25. We recommend you register early. Some parks fill within a few hours others may not fill for several weeks. Some parks only offer online registration. What are the summer camp hours? Hours vary. Traditional camp hours are typically no less than 5 hours per day, Monday thru Friday. Beginning April 7 you can view individual park program hours on-line. When does the camp session begin? When does it end? Length of camp programs vary, but most begin the week of June 22 and run for 6-weeks. Beginning April 6 you can view individual park program session lengths on-line. How much does camp cost? Fees vary depending on the program but are always affordable. Beginning April 6 you can view individual park program costs on-line. What do children do at camp? At traditional summer day camp programs children experience a variety of activities including field trips, visits to the local pool, arts and crafts, fun with nature, sports, team games and much more. To learn more about a specific park’s summer camp agenda contact the park directly. Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living – Ages: All Ages For individuals with special needs or disabilities. Restrictions: Instructor permission required to register Bessemer Park Base Fee: $50.00 Available 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. Total Fee: $50.00 for walk in registration only 60617 (Map It) Gender: Co-Rec Phone: 312.747.6023 Skill Level: Open to All M,T,W,Th,F,12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Activity Code: 116464 8/3/2009 - 8/14/2009 Social Club - Special Recreation – Ages: All Ages Restrictions: Instructor permission required to register McGuane Park Base Fee: $6.00 Available for 2901 S. Poplar Ave. Total Fee: $6.00 walk in registration only 60609 (Map It) Gender: Co-Rec Phone: 312.747.6497 Skill Level: Open to All F,6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Activity Code: 117072 6/22/2009 - 7/31/2009 Social Club - Special Recreation – Ages: 18 & Over Restrictions: Instructor permission required to register Mt. Greenwood Park Base Fee: $50.00 Available for 3724 W. 111th St. Total Fee: $50.00 walk in registration only 60655 (Map It) Gender: Co-Rec Phone: 312.747.6564 Skill Level: Open to All Th,4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Activity Code: 114605 6/25/2009 - 7/31/2009 Social Club - Special Recreation – Ages: 16 Restrictions: Instructor permission required to register Mt. Greenwood Park Base Fee: $15.00 Available for 3724 W. 111th St. Total Fee: $15.00 walk in registration only 60655 (Map It) Gender: Co-Rec Phone: 312.747.6564 Skill Level: Beginner W,4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Activity Code: 114606 6/24/2009 - 7/31/2009 Special Recreation – Ages: 8-12 For individuals with special needs or disabilities. Restrictions: Instructor permission required to register Independence Park Base Fee: $0.00 Available for 3945 N. Springfield Ave. Total Fee: $0.00 walk in registration only 60618 (Map It) Gender: Co-Rec Phone: 773.478.3538 Skill Level: Open to All M,T,W,Th,F,10:00 am - 2:00 pm Activity Code: 117246 8/10/2009 - 8/14/2009 Special Recreation – Ages: All Ages For individuals with special needs or disabilities. Restrictions: Instructor permission required to register McGuane Park Base Fee: $65.00 Available for 2901 S. Poplar Ave. Total Fee: $65.00 walk in registration only 60609 (Map It) Gender: Co-Rec Phone: 312.747.6497 Skill Level: Open to All M,T,W,Th,F,4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Activity Code: 117071 6/22/2009 - 7/31/2009 Other Summer Programs in Chicago (Suburbs) Communication Clubhouse Summer Groups – Downers Grove Social Skills Pragmatics in Action - For ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 11 – Speech, OT and Behavioral counseling join forces to help kids develop social communication skills such as turn-taking and reciprocity, understanding the perspective of others and body language recognition through fun, theme based activities. OT prescription required. Friendship, Fun and Games - For ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 – In this group children participate in fun and games while our speech therapists guide them in refining their peer interaction skills like turn-taking, dealing with winning and losing, ―chatting,‖ perspective taking, respecting the feeling of others and self-regulation. The Art of Conversation - For ages 6 to 8 – When words escape children, art can be the perfect medium to facilitate the expression of thoughts and feelings. Our speech therapists use a variety of art activities to encourage conversation, team work, perspective taking and friendship skills. Chatter Club - For ages 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and 5 to 7 – speech and language development set in play with theme-based classes that focus on increasing expressive communication and sound production. Clubhouse Cooking Club - For ages 4 to 5 and 6 to 8 – We’ve got the recipe to enhance your child’s language and speech development! Come to the Clubhouse Café’ for cooking activities that will facilitate overall communication skills. Personalized photo cookbook included. Sing, Dance and Talk! - For ages 2 to 3 and 4 to 5 – Our speech therapists use the universal language of music and movement to encourage communication skills and enhance language development. Feeding the Picky Eater - For ages 2 to 3 and 4 to 7 – Speech and occupational therapists maximize the influence of peers to help children develop all new eating habits. Body Talk - For ages 2 to 3 – Speech and occupational therapists collaborate in a program to develop language, motor skills, sensory integration and pre-school skills. Karate for Everyone - For ages 4 to 10 – Our martial arts instructor teams up with our licensed OT to create a dynamic program that emphasizes coordination, balance, motor planning and strength. Move and Groove - For ages 2 to3 and 4 to 5 – Our physical therapists incorporate musical activities into a program designed to work on all areas of motor development. Music Together – ages birth to 4 - A nationally recognized music program for moms and kids to share together (sibling discount). Art Expressions – ages 4 to 7 - Our art therapist uses all forms of art to help children express themselves while working on fine motor development and sensory processing. Yoga – ages 4 to 12 - Yoga can be easily modified to work on the strengths and challenges of everyone, making this group an excellent opportunity to bring together children of all abilities for fun and exercise. Center for Gifted – Chicago, Glenview, Gurnee, LaGrange, Naperville, Orland Park, Skokie, Wheeling and Winfield – 847-901-0173 For grades K thru 10 - Offering hands-on courses for bright and talented youth in creative writing, robotics, chemistry, musical theatre, chess, roller coaster physics, art, diplomacy, Lego logo, archaeology and more Locations in Naperville, Northbrook, Skokie, Flossmoor, UIC, Rogers Park and Hyde Park For ages 4 to 10th grade, day camps and overnight camp. Click on link for details. Lindamood-Bell Learning – Oak Park and Deerfield - 800-233-1819 Multi-sensory, research-based learning programs Chicago Filmmakers Digital Moviemaking Summer Camp – Chicago For ages 10 to 14 and 15 to 18 campers will learn about all phases of moviemaking including pre- production, planning, storyboarding, digital video camera, lighting, sound, shot composition and computer editing. They will work collaboratively on group projects and each student will receive a copy of their work at the end of camp. CyberCamps – Concordia University, River Forest June 25 thru July 27 - Day camps for Gaming, Game Design and Modding Courses; Graphics, Flash and Web Design Courses, Programming and Robotics Courses and Spotlight Courses. The Language and Music School - 150 N Oak Park Ave., Oak Park - 708-524-LALA For ages 4 months to adult – music lessons, Spanish preschool, Spanish parent-tot and foreign languages. Lifetime Fitness Summer Camps and Summer Programming – all Illinois (Algonquin, Bloomingdale, Burr Ridge, Old Orchard, Orland Park, Romeoville, Schaumburg and Warrenville) locations - Download Lifetime Fitness’ Summer Camp Program Guide includes loads of different camp themes and activities for ages 3 to 16. You do not need to be a member to sign up for classes. Second City Training Center -1616 N Wells St., Chicago – 312-664-3959 Acting, improvisation, writing, music and directing. Sports Broadcasting Camp - Chicago - 800-319-0884 Boys and girls age 10 to 18 will have an opportunity to learn from the pros in the industry, make sports anchor/reporting tapes from a TV studio, make play-by-play tapes from a live MLB/Minor League baseball game, tour Wrigley Field and make reporting tapes from the park, meet sports celebrities and more. Day/overnight sessions available. National Summer Camp List Listing of 519 special needs camps, choose by disability American Camp Association Find a Camp You can also search for special needs camps, allows for more detailed searching Camp Channel Summer Camps Illinois Hippotherapy www.cshconnections.org/hippotherapy.htm Cowboy Dreams of Illinois NARHA Premier Accredited Center 112 Wool Street Barrington, IL 60010 (847) 381-9323 EquiTherapy NARHA Premier Accredited Center 9501 N. Austin Ave. Morton Grove, IL 60053 (847) 965-1632 Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities 28W051 Liberty St. Winfield, IL 60190 (630) 588-8543 Main Stay Therapeutic NARHA Premier Accredited Center 6919 Keystone Rd Richmond, IL 60071 (815) 653-9374 Manhattan Meadows Rt. 52 & Huff Rd. Manhattan, Illinois 60442 (815) 919-4149 North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Promotes the benefit of the horse for individuals with special needs. Partners for Progress Location: Field and Fences Hunt Club Rd. and Stearns School Rd. Gurnee, IL (847) 226-1300 Ray Graham Assn. NARHA Premier Accredited Center 15 W 431 59th St Burr Ridge, IL 60521 (630) 325-5330 Ready, Set, Ride 13056 S. 224th Ave. Plainfield, IL 60544 (815) 439-3659 OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF MUSIC CLASSES Private Lessons Find A Teacher by Instrument Autoharp Banjo Bass Guitar Cello Clarinet Dobro/Lapsteel Drum Kit Fiddle Flute Guitar Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer Harmonica Mandolin Piano Recorder Saxophone Violin Voice Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced musician looking to take your playing to another level, private lessons provide the opportunity to get the personal attention that can be beneficial to your growth as a musician. Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45, or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at both our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals. Call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register. Or stop on by the school to register - we'd love to see you. Prices Call for details Refunds, Credits, Cancellations We cannot offer credit or refunds for single, student-cancelled lessons. You can cancel your 8-week private lesson registration within the first 3 weeks of the session and receive school credit or a refund as follows: Cancel by the Sunday before the session begins, you will receive a full refund or credit. Cancel in the first 3 weeks of the session to receive a proportional credit on your school account. BUDDY BASEBALL Keshet's Buddy Baseball allows children with physical and developmental disabilities to participate in the all-American sport of baseball and with the help of typical teenagers, it allows friendships to form and substantial barriers to be dissolved. This year hundreds of players, fans and buddies joined Keshet at Wrigley Field for the 5th annual all-star game. We were joined by our friends from Chicago Youth Programs, an organization which serves at-risk youths from the Cabrini Green, Washington Park, and Uptown Community. Keshet's Buddy baseball is an opportunity like no other for children with disabilities. For more information or to sign up as a player or a "buddy," please call Dean Klassman at 847-454-0660. Buddies help kids have ball at Wrigley Ballpark becomes an all-star venue for those with few other outlets to swing a bat Jewish Child and Family Services Attention: Camp Firefly Dates and Locations Have Changed! Camp Firefly is bigger and better than ever! Join us for a week long overnight camp experience at the luxurious Perlstein Resort & Conference Center in Lake Delton, just minutes from Wisconsin Dells at Camp Chi www.campchi.com Click here for the Camp Firefly Postcard This summer's camp session will be AUGUST 2 – 9 2009. About Camp: Camp Firefly offers a unique week long, overnight summer camp experience to boys and girls, ages 9-12, who have been diagnosed with social disorders, such as Social Anxiety, OCD, PDD, Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and High Functioning Autism. Camp Firefly Offers: A fun and therapeutic environment focused on enhancing your child’s social, language, sensory, and adaptive development. Each camper’s individual needs are accommodated and adapted into daily schedules. Schedules that are specially designed to offer your child appropriate, interactive therapeutic group activities, and fun social camp activities that include swimming, arts and crafts, boating, lakefront activities, horseback riding, fishing, ropes courses, wall climbing, campfires, cookouts, and special outings including Wizards and Bowling. Small counselor to camper ratio (1:2) to ensure the safety of each camper. All of the counselors are highly trained in the treatment of social communication disorders, have degrees in mental health, special education, or speech and occupational therapy, and are supervised by on-site psychologists. Small cabin groups (4-5 children in each cabin) that better promote friendships and positive social interactions among campers in a supportive and safe atmosphere. In order for your child to be considered for this year's camp session, please complete the following forms: Camper Intake Camper Questionnaire Health History Payment of $1450 is required in full to complete your camp registration. Transportation to and from Camp Chi can be provided if needed for an additional fee. Please send all forms to: Melissa James JCFS 255 Revere Drive Ste. 200 Northbrook, IL 60062 CAMP DIRECTOR Melissa James, Psy.D. Dr. James received her doctorate of psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She provides individual and family therapy, psychological, educational, and autism evaluations, supervision of students, and consultation services for the Integrated Pediatric Therapies program. Dr. James also coordinates Group Firefly, therapeutic play groups designed for children eligible for Camp Firefly who require weekly, therapeutic social interventions throughout the school year. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Daniel Sorkin, Psy.D. Dr. Sorkin received his doctorate of psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He provides individual and family therapy, psychological evaluations, and consultation services to local preschools. Dr. Sorkin has been involved in residential camping for 18 years and previously worked for several years as the Teen Director at Camp Firefly's host camp, Camp Chi. Glick Family Camp Glick Family Camp Countless families are grateful for Glick Family Camp, a program of the Glick Center for Early Childhood Services, which ensures that families with children and teens with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy a fun, nature-filled camp experience. To ensure that everyone can relax, a respite worker is assigned to each family during their weekend filled with a variety of social, creative, recreational and supportive activities. Glick Family Camp is offered twice each year—once in the spring and once in the fall—at Jewish Community Youth Services Camp Henry Horner/Camp Red Leaf in Ingleside, IL. Thes dates for 2009 Family Camp are May 8-10 and September 11-13. Children and adults can participate in nature hikes, canoeing, campfires, fishing, kickball and candlemaking. If families would like to add an educational element to their weekend, they can join educational parent and sibling groups and learn how to handle situations commonly experienced by parents and siblings of children with disabilities. Previous participants concur that Glick Family Camp is about building community. One parent states, ―This is the place where I can be with my family without having to explain my family.‖ Another parent relays with gratitude, ―Thanks so much for all your work on last weekend’s family camp. As I sat at work on Monday, telling my boss the details of the weekend, I was overcome with gratitude. You cannot know how much it meant to me. My son cried during the car trip home because he missed his new friends. Thank you again for all of your dedication and determination.‖ AYSO Camp www.ayso418.org Summer Camps 2009 NOTE: AYSO Region 418 is not affiliated with any camps listed here. We provide this information for parents so that children have the opportunity to attend local and regional soccer camps during the summer months. MLS Chicago Fire Camps: July 13-17; August 10-14; August 17-21 Chicago Fire Camps & Training soccer programs are the only ones in the world that feature Strengths- Based Coaching, where developing quality players means focusing on every child’s strengths and individual talents. Using green cards to encourage and reward positive play, your coaches will teach, educate and inspire young players to play and learn the best. Each player will receive a Chicago Fire t-shirt at graduation and a game ticket to a summer MLS game at TOYOTA PARK with Chicago Fire. Ages 5-10 years: Play S.A.F.E curriculum (9:00am - 12:00pm) · Daily theme Monday – Running with the ball · Daily theme Tuesday – Dribbling and Turning · Daily theme Wednesday – Passing and Control · Daily theme Thursday – Shooting & defending · Daily theme Friday – MLS Open Cup Ages 11-15 years: A.T.T.A.C.K. curriculum (9:00am - 12:00pm) · Daily theme Monday – Fast footwork, Creating Space · Daily theme Tuesday – Combination play · Daily theme Wednesday – Passing and Support phases · Daily theme Thursday – Attacking phases of play · Daily theme Friday – MLS Open Cup To learn more about the camp curriculum, Strengths Based Coaching, registration or any questions you may have, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (708) 496-6768. VIP Special Needs Program AYSO VIP Program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. We recognize that everyone needs to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program offers that acceptance and carries the philosophy of "Everyone Plays®" to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play. The VIP program offers children ages 4-18 with special needs the chance to: Play Soccer! Meet Friends! Have Fun! Spring Season: Saturdays April 11 to May 30, 2009 3:00-4:00 pm Between Foster and Lawrence, East of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Field #5 (Look for the AYSO Tent) Fall Season: Saturday afternoons beginning September 2009 Registration for players new to the program: Any child that was registered for the Fall 2008 season is automatically registered for the Spring 2009 season. If your child was not registered in the Fall, then follow the instructions below to register for the Spring season. Go to www.eayso.org to complete the registration forms. Do NOT pay online. Please send a copy of the completed registration forms with a $80 check to: VIP Program, AYSO Region 418, 4507 N. Ravenswood - Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60640. Financial aid is available. Please see our VIP Player Frequently Asked Questions section for more information. Want to coach kids with special needs? Adult coaches needed now to help with the VIP soccer program, Saturday afternoons 2:45pm to 4:15pm. Coaches may be parents of VIP players, parents of youth volunteers, AYSO volunteers or other interested adults. Experience working with special needs children or knowledge of soccer is not required. NOTE: Volunteers receive training and ongoing support. Please see our VIP Coach Frequently Asked Questions. To volunteer or for further information contact Ellyn Bank, VIP Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com. Youth Volunteers wanted now for VIP soccer! Youth volunteers, a.k.a. "Buddies", are needed now to assist on Saturday afternoons 2:45pm to 4:15pm. Please see our VIP Volunteers Frequently Asked Questions section for more information. To become a volunteer, go to www.eayso.org to complete the required online registration form, then contact Karen Curtin Bond, VIP Youth Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-880-5518. This is a fun way to complete your school's service hour requirement! Still have questions? Contact Lisa Leib, VIP Division Administrator at email@example.com or 773-871-7761. Rogers Park AYSO Soccer Camp MISSION Everyone Plays We are committed to developing soccer skills, team play and sportsmanship in all the children in our program. Everyone has something to learn. Everyone plays. This translates into a commitment of equal play for all players on a team. We have set limits on the number of players we allow on a team so that, for the most part, every child can count on playing two quarters of every game and no child will play four quarters until all have played three quarters. No one sits out on a regular basis. We also make a commitment to rotating players so that everyone gets a chance to play every position, particularly in the younger divisions. We believe that future forwards need to know how to defend a goal and work with their teammates—and vice versa. Specialization comes later. Balanced Teams Although we don’t run tryouts for our league (everyone plays), we do our best to make sure that each team in an age division has a blending of skills. Every team should have a mix of strong, weak and in-between players. This makes our games competitive and fun. Unfortunately, there is no way to get perfect balance. There are always winning teams and losing teams. But if you lose, there’s always next year! We remix the teams every summer and try to rebalance. To achieve this balance we limit requests from players who want to be together on a team. Although we definitely do not ignore these requests, team balancing comes first. Open Registration Every child who meets the age requirements and is willing to come out and play is entitled to register and be placed on a team regardless of skill level. Because of limited space in Roger Park, we set numerical limits for each age division. Parents who register their kids at our public registrations are generally assured a spot. (We haven’t turned anyone down yet.) Early or late registrations are not accepted. Late registrations will be placed on a waiting list and moved onto a team on a first- come-first-served basis if space is available in the child’s age division. Positive Coaching We are committed to making the AYSO experience fun. This means that our coaches are trained not to scream at the kids and not to punish, but rather to reward and praise. Correction should be positive and directed toward improving a child’s skills, team spirit and sportsmanship. Coaches should be role models for their players and should treat everyone with complete respect. Part of our coaches training suggests that coaches leave instruction for practices and keep quiet during games. We recognize that exuberance and team spirit makes that hard to do in real life. But look for our coaches to yell out ―good play!‖ or give simple direction. No one should be embarrassed by missing a goal or failing a defense. We hope that parents follow the rules of conduct we ask of our coaches: be positive at all times to the children on your team, to the coaches, to referees and to opponents. (Read the national AYSO Parents’ Code of Conduct.) Good Sportsmanship In the final analysis, we know that the vast majority of our players will find other work to do in life than playing soccer. We hope the experience brings richness, physical skills and values to their lives that they can apply to everything they do. The greatest value we hope they learn from their time with us is to work within a team and to respect competitors. Working to a common goal with others is important throughout life. Knowing when and how to compete aggressively, following the rules and knowing when the game is over is vital. We hope that all the volunteers in our organization hold this value dear and do their best to teach it to the children and exemplify it in their lives. Please tell us if you know of a team that does not live up to these philosophies. We are committed to them as a Region and would like to do our best to fulfill our commitment. http://www.rpayso.org/everyoneplays.php Waiting List FAQ o All players (returning and new) who miss registration MUST go through the waiting list process. o Entering your child's names DOES NOT mean your child will be put on a team. o Once your child is placed on the waiting list, you will not be contacted about your status. Your child's name will remain on the waiting list until the next registration period (Spring 2008). o We will contact you ONLY if we can place your child on a team. o We can not honor any requests for placement with a particular coach, player or team. Children will be placed wherever there is a team vacancy. o Children on the waiting list will be contacted (if a team vacancy occurs) in the order they were entered onto the waiting list. o Parents who are willing to volunteer as a coach, referee or board member will be given waiting list consideration. o Not all divisions will have vacancies at the same time. If you are placing more than one child on the waiting list, there might only be room for one of your children on a team. o Most children (90%) on the waiting list never get placed, but it's the only chance of getting on a team. o If you have any other questions contact the registrar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Click here to place your child on the waiting list KEEN Kids enjoy exercise now. Programs All of KEEN's programs are based on a single principle: pair a trained volunteer with an athlete and let them discover together how much they can do. Programs are all open and unstructured, allowing athletes facing significant challenges to have fun and be successful. KEEN Chicago now operates two programs throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Programs are open to athletes ages 5 - 19. Sports 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. 1st Session 3:00 - 4:00. 2nd Session 4:15 - 5:15. Program Coordinators: Lisa Mendelsohn, Kristine Mayle LOCATION: High Ridge YMCA• 2424 W. Touhy Ave• Chicago, IL. Click here for Map During the Sports Program, athletes and volunteers come together for one-to-one activities. In the Sports sessions they have a group warm up, and then move to individual activities which are tailored solely to the needs of the athlete. They may throw a basketball or kick a soccer ball, or they may take a walk around the outdoor track. Many love to bounce on 36‖ balls or be pulled along the floor on a flat wheeled scooter. A group may form for Duck, Duck, Goose. The session ends with everyone coming together in a circle (although some athletes still need to run around its periphery, and that’s okay) and sharing with the group what they did that day ―that made them very Proud.‖ They literally go out dancing: the Hokey Pokey for the younger kids and the Macarena for the teens and young adults. Athletes burn energy, meet and interact with new volunteers, see old friends, and then rejoin their parents, who have had some precious respite time. KEENQuatics 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. 1st Session 3:00-4:00 2nd Session 4:00-5:00 Program Coordinators: Danielle Danno, Keara Enoch, Sara Whalin, Renee Derdaele Location: High Ridge YMCA• 2424 W. Touhy• Chicago, IL. Free parking is available behind the YMCA. Entrance is off of Western Ave on Northwest corner of Western and Touhy. Click here for Map KEENQuatics brings the KEEN formula to the swimming pool. A large variety of inflatable equipment makes even the most cautious athlete eager to get in the water and splash about. Swimmers who are able are encouraged to swim a lap or two. http://www.keenchicago.org/published/index.html Boys and Girls Club http://www.bgcc.org/programs_services/summer_programs.asp Looking for a fun outlet for young people during the summer that is safe, supervised and affordable? In addition to the after-school programs for which Boys & Girls Clubs is known, we offer full-day camps during the summer at each of our Clubs. Young people are involved in a variety of engaging programs under the supervision of adult professionals, including field trips to baseball games, water parks, museums and other local attractions. Hours and costs vary by Club. Find a Club near your home or work and call for more information. 1.Beethoven Club Ludwig Van Beethoven Elementary School 25 W. 47th Street Chicago, IL 60609 (773) 268-5999 2.Cather Club Willa Cather Elementary School 2908 W. Washington Chicago, IL 60612 (773) 638-5464 3.Daniel A. Cotter Club 2915 N. Leavitt Street Chicago, IL 60612 (773) 348-1866 4.Dett Club Nathaniel Dett Elementary School 2306 W Maypole Chicago, IL 60612 (773) 226-2323 5.Englewood Club Englewood Tech Prep Academy 6201 S. Stewart Chicago, IL 60621 (773) 535-0010 6.Ford Heights Club Tidye A. Phillip Grammar School 1401 E. 13th Place Ford Heights, IL 60411 (708) 758-1960 7.Green Elementary Club Wendell E Green Elementary School 1150 W 96th St. Chicago, IL 60643 (312)-235-8000 x5101 8.Holy Angels Club Holy Angels School 750 E 40th Street Chicago, IL 60653 (773) 268-4819 9.James R. Jordan Club Boys & Girls Club and The Chicago Bulls Family Life Center 2102 W. Monroe Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 226-2323 10.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Club 2950 W. Washington Chicago, IL 60612 (773) 638-5464 11.Little Village Club 2801 S. Ridgeway Chicago, IL 60623 (773) 277-1800 12.Logan Square Club 3228 W. Palmer Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 342-8800 13.Logandale Club Logandale Middle School 3212 W. George Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 342-8800 14.Robert R. McCormick Club 4835 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60640 Club: (773) 271-8400 15. McCutcheon Club John T McCutcheon Elementary School 4865 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 271-8400 16.Paderewski Club Ignance Paderewski Elementary Learning Academy 2221 S. Lawndale Chicago, IL 60623 (312) 235-8000 x5104 17. Park Manor Club Park Manor Elementary School 7037 S. Rhodes Chicago, IL 60619 (312) 235-8000 x5100 18. Reed Club Walter Reed Elementary School 6350 S. Stewart Chicago, IL 60621 (773) 535-0010 19. Schiller Club Frederick Von Schiller Elementary School 640 W. Scott Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 235-8000 x5102 20. Schneider Club George Schneider Elementary School 2957 N. Hoyne Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 348-1866 21.Tilton Club George W. Tilton Elementary School 223 N. Keeler Chicago, IL 60624 (773) 533-1688 22. Louis L. Valentine Club 3400 S. Emerald Chicago, IL 60616 (773) 927-7373 23. Vernon Johns Club Vernon Johns Academy 6936 S. Hermitage Chicago, IL 60636 (312) 735-8251 24. Gen. Robert E. Wood Club 2950 W. 25th Street Chicago, IL 60623 (773) 247-0700 Puentes Autism Treatment Program offers dramatic progress By C. H. Barton Special to Inside Timmy Sheperd was two years old when his parents, Bonnie and Jim, took him for a standard hearing test after a nursery teacher noticed that the boy was not responding when she called his name. The test concluded that Timmy's hearing was normal, so the Sheperds began the grueling quest for answers. Over the course of a year, Timmy exhibited a variety of behavioral symptoms. He did not respond when spoken to, made no eye contact, threw temper tantrums, screamed, constantly repeated the word "more," threw objects around the room, and practically lived "in his own little world," said his father, Jim. The Sheperds finally learned that Timmy exhibited symptoms of autism. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of a child's life. There are 1.5 million Americans who suffer from some form of autism, according to the Autism Society of America. Although there is no cure, diagnosis at an early stage followed by the right treatment could drastically improve a child's condition. Today, a few years later, Timmy is a very different child. At five years old, he reacts to his environment, makes eye contact, carries out daily tasks, and has recently learned to communicate verbally with the people around him. "He is not the same boy," said Jim in amazement, "thanks to a very special program." The Puentes ("bridges" in Spanish) component of the Autism Treatment Program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center is a unique, comprehensive, home-based treatment program for young children, ages two to six, with autism. The program was established in 2000 after therapists at Illinois Masonic realized the growing need for a special program for autistic children. The program integrates three approaches into one: developmental, behavioral, and educational, and has been able to show dramatic progress in the development of these children. The Sheperds started Puentes when Timmy was three years old, after a year of therapy in which Timmy was taught sign language. "We saw no improvement. We were really frustrated," said Jim. "Only when we started Puentes did things start rolling in a positive direction." Over the course of 12 months, the family-focused program provides parents and siblings with the tools and resources to interact more successfully with the autistic child. "Through an intensive and individualized program, parents are given the skills to organize their home life in a way that meets the child's unique needs," said Carol Rolland, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Developmental Pediatric Services at the hospital. In the first stage, parents meet for four informational sessions to learn about what they may expect from the program and what it means to be a parent of an autistic child. "It was a real eye opener for us," indicated Jim. "They told us that there is a wide spectrum of autistic behavior and we kept saying 'hey, my kid does that!' They also stressed from the very beginning that Bonnie and I needed to be involved every step of the way." In the spirit of getting parents involved, a therapist is assigned to each family, and during a four month period, the therapist visits the family's home three times a week to guide and work with the parents and child within their own environment. "We work around the family's schedule to suit their needs," said Valeria Nanclares, the Puentes program coordinator. "It is important that we work within the child's environment and teach the family members how to function inside that environment, utilizing the resources that are available. They can use what they are taught on a day-to-day basis." Bonnie and Jim recall that one of their first tasks was to create a workstation for Timmy where he would have his own activity area. "We were taught that it was important for Timmy to have his own work space," said Jim. The therapist works with the family to create a routine for the child where he or she learns to carry out daily tasks, like brushing teeth, eating breakfast, and putting on clothes. The child receives instructions through visual support, a picture system that illustrates the activities that the child would need to accomplish from the first waking moment until the time he or she goes to sleep. Through repetition, Timmy began easing into a daily routine where the tasks became more and more challenging. "The good thing about it is that Timmy always engages in some activity, and he receives positive reinforcement from his therapists and his family," said Jim. Within the program's philosophy of working in the child's environment, the therapist interfaces with local schools to facilitate placement and a smooth transition for both child and parent. The therapist cooperates with the teachers in creating the best curriculum for every individual case. According to Nanclares, many programs encourage parents to pull the kids out of school, but Puentes encourages parents to keep them part of it for the benefit of the child. "School is a good environment for children and we serve to empower the teachers," she said. Timmy currently attends a special needs class for a half day and the other half is spent in a regular classroom. Positive reinforcement and encouragement are a constant thread throughout the program. The Puentes therapists are aware of the challenges that face the families and work to push both parents and children to achieve more. When the parents see their child reach a certain level of performance they may become relaxed, and even "lazy," said Jim, "but the therapist keeps on pushing us and Timmy to achieve more," by setting short-term and long term- goals. The parents are also committed to doing their own homework. They record the child's progress and submit it for the therapist's review. "The therapist gave us the discipline that we needed to keep moving forward," said Jim. "We are always on the same page." Once the child is on a daily schedule, about four months into the program, the therapist gradually reduces the number of visits until the 12-month mark. The therapist visits twice a week during the fifth month, once a week during the sixth month, and once a month for months seven through 12. During these time frames, the therapist continues to assist with, monitor, and evaluate the child's progress. The program does not come to an end after the initial 12-month Puentes component has been completed. Support for the families is ongoing with continuous consultation, and parent/ sibling support groups. Children go on to other therapies, social learning groups, and special education. "The program turns into an outreach; there is a social component that naturally forms between the parents, the staff, and, other families," said Nanclares, adding that "the families continue to be in touch." Jim agreed. "We will always be a part of the program," he said. Jim and Bonnie praise the therapists at the Puentes program for their commitment, support, and dedication to their family and for Timmy's progress. "You can't find a better group of people to take care of your child," said Jim. He believes that if they had stayed with their initial program, their family would have ended up communicating with Timmy through sign language. "People don't realize that these kids are going to become an active and integral part of society someday," said Jim, "They need the proper care to move them forward," he added. "Today, Timmy has mastered the goals that we had set for him, and he is a success of this program from beginning to end." For more information on the program, please contact the Advocate Illinois Masonic Pediatric Developmental Center at (773) 296-7340. Gala to raise funds for Puentes The Puentes Autism Treatment Program assists families, including those with financial challenges who otherwise would be unable to afford services for their autistic children. The treatment is provided through the help of public and private donations. "We are fiscally responsible," said Valeria Nanclares, the Puentes program coordinator, and "no family is denied treatment." Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is hosting the Spectrum of Life Gala to raise funds to benefit the services of the hospital, including the Puentes Autism Treatment Program. In addition to Puentes, the Gala will celebrate the supporting programs that span the Spectrum of Life, including Maternal/Child Health, Emergency/Trauma Waiting Room Improvements, Diabetes Care Program, and Senior Outreach Program. The Gala takes place Saturday, May 22, in the Winter Garden Room at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Reservations are $250 per person. For more information about the Gala, please call (847) 384-3400. Easter Seals http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_camping_recreation Camp and Recreation Without Barriers for Children and Adults with Disabilities Interested in camp? Find an Easter Seals camp or recreation program near you. Zip code Go Residential and Day Camp From campfire sing-a-longs and late night ghost stories, to boating, nature walks, swimming, and arts and crafts, Easter Seals camps provide the same excitement and activity available at other summer camp programs. The difference? Easter Seals campers experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully-accessible setting. Work at an Easter Seals Camp Easter Seals camps offer a variety of locations and employment opportunities. Each year there are hundreds of job openings for men and women. Join our team of committed staff and volunteers who provide recreation and leisure activities to children and adults with physical or cognitive disabilities. Recreation and Sport The value of recreation is at the heart of one's ability to enjoy life, develop important life skills, and create social relationships and networks. Recreation programs provide all people, including those with disabilities, the freedom to make choices, to initiate selected leisure activities, to develop and pursue life goals, and to develop and deepen relationships with family members and friends. Respite Easter Seals respite programs make a double difference, serving both people with disabilities and those who care for them on a day-to-day basis. Respite programs give participants an opportunity to engage in social and recreational activities, while their families get a much needed break from the demands of caregiving. As a veteran service-provider for children and adults with disabilities, Easter Seals meets the need for accessible camping with 140 camping and recreation facilities across the country. Day and residential camp sessions, as well as weekend and after-school programs, are available. (Hours, duration, activities, eligibility requirements, transportation availability and tuition vary from camp to camp.) 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