Oakland University Center for Autism
425C Pawley Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
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(248) 370-2424
oucares@oakland.edu
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Programs and Camps

Recreational
Programs
Recreational programs at OUCARES are provided for individuals with ASD ages 4 through adulthood. Click on the age group below for details on programs offered for that specific age group.

Please note that parents/caregivers must remain on the premises while any participant (under age 18) is involved in an OUCARES program.

Ages 4-5

OUCARES Just for Kicks Soccer
OUCARES Just for Kicks Soccer (formally OUCARES Lil' Kickers), offers a fun soccer program for children with Autism in southern Oakland County!  Certified Soccer Coased use innovative strategies and inclusive techniques to teach basic soccer skills in a fun and safe setting with the goal of players developing physical well-being and confidence.  Scholarships are provided by The Smiles Foundation and Brooksie Way Minigrant.  

Thursdays, June 15 - August 10 (No Session July 6)
Ages: 4-7 yrs     Time: 5:30pm-6:20pm
Ages: 8-12 yrs   Time: 6:30pm-7:20pm
Location: Total Sports (22777 Farmington Rd., Farmington, Mi 48336
Cost: $100 Limited Scholarships Available

Ages 6-12

OUCARES Just for Kicks Soccer
OUCARES Just for Kicks Soccer (formally OUCARES Lil' Kickers), offers a fun soccer program for children with Autism in southern Oakland County!  Certified Soccer Coased use innovative strategies and inclusive techniques to teach basic soccer skills in a fun and safe setting with the goal of players developing physical well-being and confidence.  Scholarships are provided by The Smiles Foundation and Brooksie Way Minigrant.  

Thursdays, June 15 - August 10 (No Session July 6)
Ages: 4-7 yrs     Time: 5:30pm-6:20pm
Ages: 8-12 yrs   Time: 6:30pm-7:20pm
Location: Total Sports (22777 Farmington Rd., Farmington, Mi 48336
Cost: $100 Limited Scholarships Available

Teen and Adult


Bowling Leagues
OUCARES Bowling League is for individuals 16+ yrs on the Autism Spectrum to have the opportunity to bowl in a supportive and controlled environment. No experience necessary! Social participation will be encouraged to help participants develop friendships in a community setting. Overall well-being will be enhanced as they perform a physical activity, resulting in better fitness for healthier living. Emotional well-being will be fostered as they build self-esteem and confidence in a positive, supportive environment. The parent/caregiver will need to remain with the bowler if bowler is under the age of 18 or one on one assistance is required.

Oakland County - Strikers League at Classic Lanes
Saturdays, July 8 - Sept. 9 (No Session Sept. 2nd) 
Ages: 16+ yrs
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00pm
Location: Classic Lanes - 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester Hills, MI
Cost: $60/person  - Price includes 2 games each week, bowling ball and shoes rental, and a pizza party at the end of the season.

Macomb County - Pin Crushers League at 5 Star Lanes  ***NEW DAY & TIME***
Thursdays, June 22 - August 24 (No Session July 13)
Ages: 16+ yrs
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Location: 5 Star Lanes - 2666 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights
Cost: $60/person - Price includes 2 games each week, bowling ball and shoes rental, and a pizza party at the end of the season.

Video Editing 
Participants will learn the foundation of filming videos and the core principles of basic video editing. Instructed by professional videographers & photographers.  This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS.  This program is partially funded by The Ted Lindsay Foundation.

Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.    

Mondays, June 26 - August 21 (No Session July 3rd) 
Ages: 13+ yrs
Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Location: Room 493 Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus)
Cost:  $200 

Photoshop Design 
Participants will learn the foundation of graphic design, including core art elements and creative design thinking. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the tools necessary to create unique art and will be able to take home a final printed project. Instructed by professional graphic designers. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS.  This program is partially funded by The Ted Lindsay Foundation. 

Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.

Mondays, June 26 - August 21 (No Session July 3rd)
Ages: 13+ yrs
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: Room 493 Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus)
Cost:  $200 

  







Camps
The Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) offers a variety of summer day camps for individuals on the autism spectrum ages 3 years old through Adult. 

Pee Wee Camp - Children 3-6 years old
The Pee Wee Summer Day Camp is for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 3 - 6 years old. Our Pee Wee Camp activities will be focusing on maintaining known skills and acquiring new skills to improve quality of life. All activities are structured and are planned around a theme. Language Arts, Sensory Fun, Water Fun, Sports & Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Social Skills, Music, Fine Motor Fun and so much more!

Camp Assessments: All pee wee campers will be assessed prior to camp.  Once your completed Application Packet is received, we will contact you to schedule an assessment.  

A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment.  This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee.   Receipt of Application Packet does not guarantee admittance.  Admission decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2017 Four 2 Week Sessions Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Session 1: June 19-June 30
Session 2: July 5-July 14 (No Camp July 3 & 4)
Session 3: July 17 - July 28
Session 4: July 31 - Aug. 11

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$650 for each two week session.   *Session 2 cost is $550 due to the holiday closure.

Pee Wee Application Packet: You may fax completed application packets to (248-370-4242) or email oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available. Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.  


Summer Day Camp - Children 7-12 years old
Each week will be filled with loads of fun including indoor swimming, arts and crafts, sensory time, social skills, field trips, sports and fitness, nature walks and much more! Camp activities will be recreational with an academic component. All activities are highly structured and are planned around a weekly theme.

Camp Assessments : All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp. Once your completed Application Packet is received, we will contact you to schedule an assessment.  

A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment.  This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee.   Receipt of Application Packet does not guarantee admittance.  Admission decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2017 Four 2 Week Sessions Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Session 1: June 19-June 30
Session 2: July 5-July 14 (No Camp July 3 & 4)
Session 3: July 17 - July 28
Session 4: July 31 - Aug. 11

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$650 for each two week session.   *Session 2 cost is $550 due to the holiday closure.

Summer Day Camp Application Packet: You may fax completed application packets to (248-370-4242) or email oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available.   Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form .


Life Skills Camps - Teens (11-14 yrs, 15-18 yrs) and Adults (16 yrs & Up)

Teen Life Skills Camp & Adult Life Skills Camp is for individuals with High Functioning Autism, Aspergers or PDD/NOS.  

Teen Life Skills (2 Groups: 11-14 yrs, 15-18 yrs)
is located at Meadows Learning Center in Rochester.
Adult Life Skills (16 yrs and up) is located at AIM High School in Farmington Hills.

Each session will be full of fun activities focused on learning 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.
  • Personal Management Skills: Money management, time management, personal health care

Daily Activities will include:

  • Campers plan and prepare lunch
  • Personal health care: exercise, personal hygiene and clothing care
  • Team-building activities: include starting a microbusiness to build employable skills learning about conflict resolution skills, managing anger issues
  • Field trips within the community to practice new life skills learned at camp
Camp Assessments : All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp.  Once your completed Teen  Application Packet  or Adult Application Packet is received, we will contact you to schedule an assessment.  

A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment.  This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee.   Receipt of Application Packet does not guarantee admittance.  Admission decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2017 Teen Life Skills Camp
Life Skills Camp is for individuals with High Functioning Autism, Aspergers or PDD/NOS.  
Ages 15-18 yrs: Two Sessions Monday- Friday 9am-3pm
Session 1: June 19-June 30 

Session 2: July 5-July 14 (No Camp July 3 & 4)

Ages 11-14 yrs: Two Sessions Monday- Friday 9am-3pm
Session 3: July 17 - July 28 (11-14 yrs)
Session 4: July 31 - Aug. 11 (11-14 yrs)

$650 for each two week session.   *Session 2 cost is $550 due to the holiday closure.
Meadows Learning Center: 1435 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills

Teen Life Skills Camp Application Packet: You may fax completed application packets to (248-370-4242) or email oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available.   Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.

2017 Adult Life Skills Camp
Life Skills Camp is for individuals with High Functioning Autism, Aspergers or PDD/NOS.  
Monday- Friday 9am-3pm (16 yrs and up)
July 10-July 21 

$650 for two week session.  
AIM High School: 29230 W. 12 Mile rd, Farmington Hills

Adult Life Skills Camp Application Packet: You may fax completed application packets to (248-370-4242) or email oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available.   Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.



Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders.  Learn more about OU's youth protection efforts.

For Summer Day Camp, Pee Wee Camp, Teen Life Skills Camp &  Adult Life Skills Camp, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per session is due when your participant is admitted (OUCARES will send you an email) to secure your participant's placement at camp. This deposit will be applied to your total camp payment. All remaining payments are due in full by JUNE 1. 

All Pee Wee campers (ages 3-6), all NEW Summer Day campers (ages 7-12), and all NEW Teen and Adult Life Skills campers are required to complete a casual assessment with OUCARES staff prior to camp. All campers who have an assessment are required to pay a $50 non-refundable assessment fee which is due prior to the day of assessment. This is a one-time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. There will be no assessment for returning Summer Day campers or returning Teen & Adult Life Skills campers. If you have a Pee Wee camper (age 3-6) or a new Summer Day (ages 7-12) or Teen or Adult Life Skills camper, OUCARES will contact you once we receive your completed application packet. An OUCARES staff member will then schedule your camper’s assessment during a time that fits your schedule.

For Pee Wee Campers (age 3-6), please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff at the entrance to the Lowry Center on the 1st floor of Pawley Hall. For Summer Day Campers (age 7-12), you will be sent an email indicating your child's room number.  Please bring your child to the assigned room the first day of camp.  You will then drop off and pick up your child at that assigned room location for the remainder of the session. For Meadows Teen Life Skills Campers, please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff at room 201 on the second floor of Meadows Learning Center. Meadows is located at 1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills.  For Adult Life Skills campers (age 16+), more detailed information will be provided at a later date. AIM High School is located at 2923- W. 12 Mile in Farmington Hills .

Should your camper be absent or late, please call (248-370-2424) or email ( oucares@oakland.edu) the OUCARES offices no later than 8:30 a.m. the morning your camper will be absent or late.

Each camper must have sunscreen, a hat to block the sun, a water bottle, a towel, a change of clothes, any medicines they need, and their daily take home folder. Also for Pee Wee and Summer Day campers, please bring a sack lunch and snacks labeled with your child’s name each day to camp. We will not have access to a refrigerator, so be sure to pack food accordingly. For those days that Summer Day campers will be swimming, be sure your camper has a swim suit and a towel.

Pee Wee camp typically begins each day with fun sensory activities to help campers get out energy at the beginning of the day. The morning is divided into structured play times, circle time (including reading and singing), playground time, and structured activities at the table. After lunch, Pee Wee campers may have some quiet choice time, followed by creative expression activities, outdoor fun, snack time, and social skills practice.

Summer Day campers start their day with structured free choice activities and morning circle time. Mornings continue with outdoor activities and life skills training. After lunch, campers go swimming on certain days, or they may go for a nature walk or on the playground. In the afternoon, campers focus on structured activities before closing circle time. Summer Day campers will go on field trips to the park on designated Fridays.

Life Skills camp begins every day with campers learning good hygiene practices and enjoying a pre-made snack. Then, campers may have a structured outdoor activity before engaging in creative thinking, team-building, and life skills projects. Life Skills campers prepare and eat their own lunches and then have a quiet free choice time. The afternoon consists of more social skills activities, learning about a micro-enterprise, and camper-planned activities. Life Skills campers will go on field trips into the community on certain days as well in order to practice the life skills they have been learning.



For all returning campers, you will be notified once we receive your completed application packet.   Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admission decisions will only be made once we receive your completed application packet.
Employable
Skills Programs
Pre Employment Skills Training   Visit us on Facebook
PRE-EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING INFORMATION SESSION 
Tuesday, August 8th, 6:00 - 7:30pm 
RSVP to oucares@oakland.edu

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING  - For Adults with ASD 
12 weeks of pre-employment skills training with strong focus on:
  • "Soft" interpersonal skills (communication, social awareness, networking, team work, accepting criticism, collaboration)
  • Understanding employment (career options, resumes, applications, maintaining a job)
  • Independent living skills (hygiene, money management, community understanding, goal setting)
Monday - Friday September 18 - December 15, 2017 (No Session November 20-24)
12 Week Program
Age:  Adult
Location:  Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd, Rochester, MI



Video Editing

Participants will learn the foundation of filming videos and the core principles of basic video editing. Instructed by professional videographers & photographers.  This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS.  This program is partially funded by The Ted Lindsay Foundation.      

Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.

Mondays, June 26 - August 21 (No Session July 3rd)
Ages: 13+ yrs
Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm
Location: Room 493 Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus)
Cost:  $200  


Photoshop Design
Participants will learn the foundation of graphic design, including core art elements and creative design thinking. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the tools necessary to create unique art and will be able to take home a final printed project. Instructed by professional graphic designers. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS.   This program is partially funded by The Ted Lindsay Foundation. 

Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.

Mondays, June 26 - August 21 (No Session July 3rd)
Ages: 13+ yrs
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location : Room 493 Pawley Hall (Oakland University Campus)
Cost:  $200 
Registration
SUMMER  2017 Program Information
PROGRAMS FILL UP QUICKLY SO REGISTER SOON!

To register online, complete the online program registration and submit payment. You must also print and fill out the release and assumption of risk form and mail it to the below address.

Limited Scholarships are available for Summer 2017: OUCARES Just For Kicks Soccer.

Click here for a scholarship application and more information.

Complete the participant information form only if you are registering for Social Skills, Teen Social or if you are a New Participant.

Printable PROGRAM FLIER of all OUCARES Summer 2017 recreational programs

To register by mail, complete the program registration form and mail it along with the registration fee (checks payable to Oakland University) to: 

OUCARES
425C Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482

SUMMER CAMP 2017 APPLICATION PACKETS
Click on each link below for the corresponding Application Packet

To submit completed application packets:
Fax
: (248) 370-4242
Email: oucares@oakland.edu
Mail: OUCARES
425C Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive  
Rochester, MI 48309-4482


Parent
Programs

Parent Networking Event

Parents of children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders are invited to attend OUCARES Parent Networking Event.  Have fun, meet other parents, create connections and exchange ideas!  Dinner and presentation will start promptly at 6pm.  Golf will begin immediately afterwards.  Price include: Dinner, Interactive Activities and Golf (1 hour Driving Range or 9 Holes of Golf).   This program is funded by a grant from the Autism Society of Oakland County. 
 

Date: Tuesday, July 18
Time: 6pm
Location: Cattails Golf Club (57737 Nine Mile Rd, South Lyon)
Cost: $15 per person (includes Dinner & Golf)
Register here


Click here to view the printable flyer