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OUCARES camps boost life skills for youth with autism
Monday, June 3, 2013
OUCARES camps boost life skills for youth with autism

The Oakland University Center for Autism Research Education and Support (OUCARES) is introducing Life Skills Summer Camps for 10- to 13-year-olds with high-functioning autism, Asperger's and other pervasive developmental disorders.

Camp Meadows will run in four sessions between mid-June and early August, and will offer fun activities focused on a variety of life skills, including:

• practical living skills – clothing care, menu planning, grocery shopping and cooking;
• interpersonal skills – initiative, dependability, anger management, conflict resolution, self-esteem, social skills and self-confidence, and;
• personal management skills – money management, time management and personal health care.

Daily activities will include preparing breakfast and lunch, exercising, practicing personal hygiene and tending to clothing. Team-building activities will include starting a microbusiness to build employable skills, and field trips within the community will allow participants to practice new life skills learned at camp.

The camps will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at Meadows School in Rochester Hills. Sessions will run June 17-28, July 1-12 with no camp July 4-5, July 15-26 and July 29 through Aug. 9. The cost is $600 per two-week session.

All Camp Meadows campers must be assessed prior to camp. Assessment appointments will be made once registration information is received.

To register for a life skills camp or learn more about OUCARES, visit oakland.edu/oucares or contact a representative at oucares@oakland.edu.

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