Jacob’s Promise Summer Enrichment Program 2018
Jacob’s Promise seeks to bring free summer enrichment programs to children with autism and related disabilities living in Washington DC metropolitan area. Children with autism are often unable to participate in mainstream summer camps, sports teams or clubs, due to difficulty interacting with others. The Summer Enrichment Program at Jacob’s Promise teaches our learners the skills needed for building relationships with friends and family through therapeutic art, yoga, STEM, fitness and health, and social activities. Jacob’s Promise actively seeks sponsorship to offer this program at no cost families.
Enrichment Program Descriptions:
Indoor Explorers: Board games, card games, indoor movement games, cooking and more! This enrichment program teaches age-appropriate game play and social rules so learners can increase successful play time with classmates, peers and family members. Social skill focus is sharing joint attention, turn-taking, and expected vs. unexpected behaviors.
Yoga & Mindfulness: Learners will learn ways to express their emotions through safe movement through activities including yoga and breathing exercises. Social skill focus is coping with anxiety, self-regulation, following directions, personal space. Curriculum designed by Registered Yoga Teacher-200.
Fun with Fitness: Fun with Fitness takes learners outdoors to play games they can take with them to recess and play-dates, while learning recreational fitness activities for lifelong wellness. Social Skill focus is teamwork, winning and losing, staying with the group, and generalization of skills across environments. This group will take include a mix of indoor and outdoor gross motor play.
Art Therapy: Learners have opportunities for artistic expression and sensory integration across a variety of art forms, including visual art, music and drama. Social skills focus is asking and answering questions, sharing materials, identifying emotions, developing independent coping skills.
Mad Science: Learners will design, build and explore the world around them through multi-sensory experiments and STEM activities. Social skills focus is self-regulation, working with a group to reach a goal, and generalizing communication skills across activities.