Sign up today for the Abilities First Summer Program!

This year's programs will take place May 20 - August 9.

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You can download and print or email the applications by clicking the buttons below (Email is not HIPAA secure).  

Autism Learning Center

Summer Fun for Children with Autism and Differing Abilities (Pre-K through 2nd Grade)
May 28 - August 1, 2024

A fun and structured experience for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and differing abilities. The class provides continuity of routines for children already attending a school program during the school year and an initial introduction to a structured school environment for those not currently enrolled in a program. The focus will be on maintaining and developing constructive and imaginary play, following a visual schedule, and addressing sensory needs, peer interaction, social skills, positive behaviors, communication and motor skills, all while enjoying many fun summertime activities. The teachers will incorporate their knowledge of therapeautic and behavioral learning in the natural environment.

Days: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd Grade | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Staff: 2 to 3 Teachers and Assistant Teachers per classroom. Teachers will assess skills and place students in the appropriate class.

Cost: $1,200.00*

*Vouchers available from your County Board of Developmental Disabilities for those who qualify. 

*Scholarships available for those who do not qualify for vouchers, for a max out of pocket cost of $550 per student.

**Voucher or payment required to be placed on program roster!**

Pediatric Therapies

May 20 - August 9, 2024
Individual Therapy (ages birth to 22 years)

Individual Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy are available. Therapeutic activities will be specific to the child's needs and family goals.

When: Individually scheduled

Staff: Physical, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists

Group Therapy

**Group placement to be determined at time of evaluation

Language, Learn & Play Group (ages 2 to 4 years)

This group provides play-based experiences for children who present with language delays. The group will include therapeutic experiences which foster socialization, communication skills, and openness to sensory exploration.

Day and Time TBD

Staff: Speech Language Pathologist and potentially Occupational Therapy

School Readiness Group (ages 4 to 7 years)

This therapeutic group is for children who demonstrate difficulty with speech-language skills and other skills needed for academic success in kindergarten and first grade. The group also creates learning opportunities for children to develop classroom social skills and peer relationships

Day and Time TBD

Staff: Speech Language Pathologist and potentially Occupational Therapy

Social Groups

Kids Connect (ages 6 to 12 years)

These social groups are best suited for children who are verbal and have challenges with their social communication skills. We will be using the Social Thinking curriculum. Fun activities will be designed to target flexible thinking, expected and unexpected behaviors, following the group plan, and the size of the problem.

Teens Connect (ages 13 and up)

This group is for teens who are verbal. We utilize the Social Thinking curriculum in planning fun activities which target teamwork, executive function, and increased effective communication interaction.

Group placement to be determined at time of evaluation

Staff: Speech Language Pathologists

OT Club

This group focuses on individual therapy goals in a social group with peers who are similar in age! Each participant will have 1:1 time with an OT to work toward his/her goals as well as fun structured engaging activities as a group. 

Group placement to be determined at time of evaluation.

Staff: Occupational Therapists

Groups for Teens & Young Adults

Friends in STEP (Social Thinking, Executive function, Physical Fitness) (ages 13 and up):

Friends in STEP is designed to increase independence with activities of daily living, social communication, fitness, nutrition, and problem solving. The group will work on organization and planning by incorporating community outings and utilization of these skills in everyday situations. An evaluation is needed for appropriate placement.

Time: Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Staff: Occupational Therapist and Speech Language Pathologist

NEW! Mindfulness Yoga

Adaptive Yoga for Kids of All Abilities

Does your child need work on...

  • Physical or emotional balance?
  • Regulation?
  • Moving their bodies more?
  • Body awareness?
  • Coordination?

Here at Abilities First, we an provide private 1:1 yoga lessons or group yoga lessons to overcome these difficulties. Combining a holistic background of yoga training with a medical background of occupational therapy will help the practitioner meet your child where they are and achieve what they and you want from this experience! All activities can be adapted to your child's needs and abilities.

Price: $450 for intro session (30 minutes) + 100 sessions (45 minutes each)

**This program is NOT covered by insurance. Vouchers available from your County Board of Developmental Disabilities for those who qualify.** 

NEW! Camp CONNECT

Camp CONNECT is a 5-day camp for pre-teen/teenagers with developmental disabilities to have a fun, enriching week that builds skills for activities of daily living, community involvement, and meaningful social interactions with peers.

For this pilot first year of Camp CONNECT, spaces are limited!

**Enrollment into the Camp will be determined by an evaluating therapist.

Dates: TBD | Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Price: $750 (valued at $1,500)*

Staff: Team of our pediatric therapists and trained volunteers

*Vouchers available from your County Board of DD for those who qualify.*

Early Childhood Learning Center

(6 weeks to 10 years old)

Year-round Abilities First's Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) enrolls children who are developing typically and those who have differing abilities. Children learn alongside one another and develop caring relationships with teachers, staff, and peers. Serving children from 6 weeks old through 10 years, the ECLC is an inclusive Five-Star Step Up to Quality Rating, has onsite therapy and speial education supports, and participates in Success by Six.

Summer activities include but are not limited to: Cool Critters Reptiles, Water Days, and Much more!

**Please call for availability**