Summer Program at the YMCA

Social Skills Summer Program

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AutismUp Social Skills Summer Program
We are excited to announce the 9th summer of our Social Skills Program for Children with Autism in collaboration with the Greater Rochester YMCA, which will take place July 6 – August 142015. This program is available to all children with ASD between the ages of 4 and 15. Specialized instruction makes it possible for the campers to be fully included in regular camp activities. AutismUp hires professionals who specialize in working with children with ASD and other disabilities to support our campers alongside the YMCA staff.

Eligibility Requirements for Camp Admission
All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis;
  2. Be between the ages of 4 and 15;
  3. Must be independently toilet trained;
  4. Have the ability to communicate his/her needs to camp counselor (verbal or non-verbal); ie. hunger, pain, or personal needs;
  5. For campers 12 and older, must be able to change clothes independently;
  6. Is not abusive to him/herself or others (this includes physical, verbal or sexual abuse of self or others);

All acceptances of application are conditional. AutismUp reserves the right to accept or deny applications or defer admission on site or prior to attendance should it later become aware that the initial application was flawed or upon demonstration that a camper does not meet the applicable eligibility criteria.  

Goals of the Program

  1. Make simple choices
  2. Share personal space with other campers
  3. Engage in turn-taking games
  4. Transition from one activity to another with minimal support
  5. Successfully enter into an unfamiliar or uncomfortable environment
  6. Self-monitor his/her anxiety, and communicate appropriately his/her needs to reduce that anxiety
  7. Listen to another peer and engage in a conversational exchange
  8. Appropriately initiate a conversation or interaction with another peer
  9. Accept losing and/or acknowledge disappointment when losing
  10. Understand the difference between expected and unexpected behavior, and its implications

Parents are asked to select 3 goals they want their child to work on during the social skills program.  In addition, they could provide 1-2 individual goals that are not tracked, but are focused on throughout the day.

Registration for Summer 2015 will open in early March!   Check back here for registration forms around March 5.  Members of AutismUp will be sent an email when camp registration is open.

Camp scholarships are available through the YMCA Invest in Youth Campaign, and AutismUp’s Richard and Nancy Dorschel Family Foundation Scholarship Program. Please complete the YMCA Request Form and send along with the AutismUp camper application.

Camp Descriptions

Camp Arrowhead

This camp is located in Pittsford, NY, where campers ages 4-15 can experience all that summer camp has to offer.

Camp Arrowhead Website


Camp Bay View

This camp is located in Webster, NY on the Irondequoit Bay, where campers have the opportunity to participate in several water sport activities, in addition to, typical camp activities.

Camp Bay View Website