Children’s Village to Host Summer Social Skills Institute

Children’s Village is launching a pilot program this summer called Camp SOS (Socially Outstanding Super Agents). Camp SOS focuses on developing social skills to enhance a child’s skills in the areas of social engagement, social thinking, and emotional regulation.

The project is part of a collaboration with the Autism Oversight Committee of Yakima, funded in part by ESD-105 and the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust grant Children’s Village received in November 2011. The Murdock grant provides funding for best practices, community collaboration and for streamlined and enhanced services for children with Autism.

The camp has a two-part emphasis. First, children and their parents translate skills they learn in therapy sessions and at school and generalize them to community settings. Second, to develop a community-wide training curriculum for future use by school teachers, administrators, and other professionals who regularly interact with children who experience Autism.

Camp SOS will involve eight local children ages 8 to 12-years-old and their parents “This is an exciting opportunity for Children’s Village and our community,” Cindy Carroll, Speech and Language Pathologist and Autism Coach said. “We care most about developing positive outcomes for children with Autism through programs that help kids and educate and empower those who work with them.”

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