This summer Little Steps will be offering a number of weekly themed therapeutic groups as well as a full- or half-day summer camp.
Registration for summer camp ended on May 31. Late registrations may be accepted dependant on staff availability.
If you'd like to register for summer camp, please contact our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Steps’ annual summer camp is for children of all ages, with staff who are highly qualified and experienced in working with children with ASD and other developmental delays. Our camp operates at a 1:3 staff to children ratio. For children who require additional help, 1:1 support is available.
The primary objective of Little Steps’ summer camp is to provide our clients with a safe, fun, and inclusive environment to experience a variety of familiar and new summer activities alongside their peers.
Our groups are designed to engage your child’s interests while working on multi-disciplinary therapy goals alongside their peers.
Themes this year include team sports, creative movement, social adventurers, community outings, and more!
Skills targeted in groups include social skills, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and life skills.
All groups receive supervision from Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Behavioural Consultants. Groups are led by Senior and Lead Behavioural Interventionists.
Please click on the following links to view our full group schedules for this year:
Early Leaners (Ages 3-6): early_learners.pdf
School Aged (Ages 6-12): school_aged.pdf
Youth and Teens (Ages 12+): youth_and_teens.pdf
Registration for summer camp ends on May 31. Late registrations will not be accepted.
Summer Groups Vs. Summer Camp
One of the questions we get asked by parents frequently is whether they should be registering their child in summer camp or summer groups. The answer: it depends.
Summer camp is designed to be a fun place for your child to spend the summer with adults who understand their needs and know how to work with them to keep them safe, regulated, and happy. Summer camp is a great place for your child to develop their social skills, especially when it comes to making connections with peers in a semi-unstructured environment; however, the main goal of summer camp is for everyone to have a good time so clinical programming is not incorporated into summer camp unless a participant is experiencing a major challenge that requires clinical intervention.
Summer groups are designed to work on clinical goals first in a fun, play-based approach, similar to the way 1:1 intervention therapy is designed. Goals for summer groups are established by our team of Behaviour Consultants, Occupational Therapists, and Speech–Language Pathologists, so clinical programming is incorporated into every activity. What makes summer groups different from intervention is that participants are able to learn and grow in a group environment filled with peers who are working on the same goals and skills. Participants are able to make social connections with their peers while supporting each other to do great.
Of course, you don’t need to choose either summer camp or summer groups. If you’re looking for fun, safe childcare for the summer, but you also would like to have your child registered in one or more of our therapeutic groups, you absolutely can! Summer camp registration can be for full or half days, leaving plenty of time to do both even in the same day. As well, summer camp and groups will both be based out of our Dysart location, so no transportation between camp and groups is needed.
If you would like to discuss a possible summer schedule for your child, our office team is here to help. Give us a call at (250) 386-1171 or email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you with your summer planning.