Little Steps offers weekly themed therapeutic groups as well as a full- or half-day summer camp.
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.
View our 2017 Group Schedule below:
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
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 the perfect place for your child to develop their social skills, especially when it comes to making connections with peers in an unstructured environment. However, the primary goal of summer camp is for everyone to have fun, 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 works. 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 can learn and grow in a group environment filled with peers who are working on the same goals and skills. Participants can 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 are 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 on the same day. As well, summer camp and groups are both 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you with your summer planning.