Autism kids camp aims for fun
The Autism Resource Centre has started its annual summer program for more than 100 children with autism and related disorders such as Asperger's Syndrome.
Children work on their communication skills with storybooks and pictures, there is a sing-song and almost every day a swimming break. This year, demand has grown to the point where the Autism Resource Centre has had to turn some prospective campers away.
Executive Director Theresa Savaria said the summer camp experience offers special programming for youngsters who need structure and routine to help them grow.
"Structure and routine are very important to children with autism," Savaria said, noting the goal also is to have fun.
Christina Noubarian has two young children in camp and she has been working at a night job to ensure her kids can participate every year.
She said while her children gain valuable skills, the daily respite also allows her some time to catch up on life.
"My house is cleaner," she said. "And just to have those few hours during the day to get some of that stuff done … I don't find myself doing groceries at 11:30 at night. And I just have a little bit of extra time to catch up on the daily things.
The camp, which costs parents $60 per day per child, runs until mid-August.