Bringing Autistic children togetherPublished 7:51am Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Creating safe boundaries and interaction for children with Autism, the third annual, week-long Circle of Friends allows those children to learn together. The camp also helps them with life skill goals.
About 27 students are attending camp this year, with children from Austin and all the way to the Twin Cities participating, according to volunteers. Children go through a routine at the camps, which can include a morning activity, group activities, and even community outings.
“Its a safe environment for these kids,” said Lyndsey Petersen, Co- Director of the Special Need Camp.
Angie Nelson, whose son, Gavin Nelson, a third-grader from Clarks Grove, is attending for the second year.
“They have a lot of staff on hand, and they let the kids interact with each other,” said Nelson.
One of Gavin’s favorite activities are the field trips, which this year includes trips to the YMCA, seeing a police K-9 dog, and a bowling trip. With this day camp, children have a place to be safe and still enjoy the community.
“There are not a lot of Autism day camps,” said Nelson.