Summer Autism Programs Waterville ME

Local resource for summer autism programs in Waterville. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to summer camps, camps for summer, and information on autism in children, autism symptoms, autism spectrum disorder, as well as advice and content on autism.

Woodfords Preschool
(207) 859-8778
6 Opportunity Lane
Waterville, ME
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Occupational Therapy, Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool

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Maine Consumer Information and Technology
207-621-3195 or 207-621-3482
University of Maine System University College
Augusta, ME
Support Services
Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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NAMI Maine
(207) 622-5767; (800) 464-5767 (in ME only)
P.O. Box 5120
Augusta, ME
Support Services
Support Organization

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Maine Parent Federation
(207) 582-2144
P.O. Box 2067
Augusta, ME
Support Services
Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Disability Rights Center
(207) 626-2774
24 Stone Street P.O. Box 2007
Augusta, ME
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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C.A.R.E.S., Inc
(207) 622-7055; (800) 773-7055 (V/TTY)
4C Winter Street
Augusta, ME
Support Services
Other

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G.E.A.R. (Gaining Empowerment Allows Results) Parent Network
(800) 264-9224 only in Maine; (207) 696-8375
32 Winthrop Street
Augusta, ME
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Maine Support Network for Special Ed Teachers
(207) 685-3171, 1-866-291-0004
P.O. Box 390
Readfield, ME
Support Services
Support Organization

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Maine Parent Federation, Inc.
(207) 623-2144
P.O. Box 2067
Augusta, ME
Support Services
Training/Seminars

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Disability Rights Center in Maine
(800) 452-1948
P.O. Box 2007
Augusta, ME
Support Services
Legal Services, Support Organization

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How To Find A Summer Autism Program

How to find a summer autism program

Lisa Jo Rudy

You finally made it through the school year. Despite all the obstacles, your child did pretty well. You even saw him meet some of his IEP goals. But now summer is looming, and you have no clue what to do with him. Ordinary summer camp looks pretty unlikely - after all, how many camp programs offer “social skills” along with “horseback riding?” Here’s how to get the process underway.

Here's How:

1) Start early. These days, even parents of typical kids start early in their quest for the perfect summer camp at the perfect price. For parents of autistic kids, the start should begin even earlier - sometime around September first!

2) Find out what kind of Extended School Year (ESY) program is offered through your school district. ESY is a federally funded option for kids whose skills are likely to regress during extended breaks. If your child does qualify, he may be eligible for a free summer program . Some districts will supply a 1:1 aide so that your child can be included in a typical summer camp. Transportation is included.

3) Look into Variety Club and the YMCA. Both have missions that focus on inclusion, and both work hard to make inclusion work. I was able to work with my local Y to add an autism support "bunk" to the typical daycamp.

4) Surf the Web. Take a look at My Summer Camps , and Kids Camps for listings of special needs options. While some of these camps can be pricey, others are about the same cost as a nice private daycamp in your area.

5) Ask around. Your teacher, principal, or parents of kids in your child’s class may have great ideas.

6) Check newspapers. Special “parenting” magazines in many metropolitan areas create camp directories. These are usually published in early winter. Many include listings for camps that cater to kids with special needs.

Tips:

1) All YMCA's offer financial aid to families in need. Be sure to ask about financial aid if you need it.

2) Summer is an...

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