Summer C.A.M.P For Kids and Young Adults With Behavioral Challenges in New Jersey and Southern California
Summer Camp for Kids With Psychological and Mental Disorders
Join Stepping Forward Counseling Camp (SFCC) for a summer of sun, fun and friends at our inclusive summer camp. Our incredible summer camp for kids with psychological and mental disorder are opened to clients residing in New Jersey, Southern California, and worldwide.
Each summer program runs for 8-9 weeks where we ask our clients to commit to at least 2 consecutive weeks minimum for results.
Each camper has 7 objectives: 4 group goals and 3 individual goals. The campers are assessed on their performance on these 7 objectives throughout the three or four environments the individual engages in each day. The objectives can be, but are not limited to, increasing impulse control, cooperating with peers, adapting to losing, concentration or staying on task, sharing with others and the art of conversation. SFCC uses a behavioral program to replace ineffective, inappropriate behaviors with positive and effective behaviors. Because the camp environments are similar to the camper’s natural environments, it is very likely that the behaviors taught at SFCC will generalize to the individual’s natural settings (home, school, etc.).
Modalities – Behavior Modification, Token Economy, Modeling+Rehearsal Training, Individual Behavior Therapy, Psychiatric Consultation+ Therapy, Social and Emotional Skill Training, ABA
Summer C.A.M.P. staff members are hand- selected professionals that are licensed clinical staff, master level interns, Special Education Teachers, Ph.D.’s or Recreation Therapist.
The data proves it works! The base of the program is the same as in all our programs — data-driven and evidence-based treatment.
Stepping Forward Summer Camp, is ideal for children and young adults ages 4 and up with mild to moderate learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties. From horseback riding, sports, yoga, kickboxing, art therapy, therapeutic drama and much more, our summer camp is filled with nothing but good-for-the-soul fun. The ultimate goal of our Summer C.A.M.P is to teach our clients everyday life skills, such as mindfulness, attention to tasks, motor skills, teamwork, expression of emotion, cognitive skills, social interactions, positive self-image and so much more.
Our clients improve in areas of :
- Social behavior
- Rule following
- Friendship skills
- Home behavior
- Academic competence
- Anger control
- Problem-solving skills
Scroll down to read more about the details of our summer fun activities that will help your child improve their intellectual, social and cognitive capabilities. Let us help your child develop an enthusiasm for life! Contact SFCC to register.
Cool down after a day of camp activities with our swim program. Recreational and instructional swim teaches techniques and how to play cooperatively, while enjoying the freedom of fluid body movement through swim play.
Find your inner core in our Yoga program. Relax, concentrate and learn breathing techniques while connecting your body and mind. Filter out the stresses of the day through focused awareness. Center yourself while increasing balance and flexibility.
Learn social skills, make friends and have fun! Therapeutic Doc’s Jocs Sports & Social Skills Play baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, golf and tennis in our therapeutic sports program. Created by Director Dr. Henry Kandel, Sport Psychologist, this unique non-competitive program has been praised by the former Governor of Georgia as well as the Executive Director of the National Little League Association. Proven effective in professional journals, Doc’s Jocs promotes positive self-image, attention to task, impulse control, cognitive and motor skills, while reducing shyness, hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior. Your child will learn to be a good sport in this supportive, rewarding environment! It’s all about friends and fun.
Weekly field trips are built to help the skills that are learned at camp generalize to the community. We bring adventure and culture to your children on our exciting, weekly trips.
- Water Parks
- Amusement Parks
And lots more!
Let go of your inhibitions in our Drama program. Therapeutic Drama is helpful in building social skills, trust, expression of emotion and teamwork. It creates an environment where children can role-play new behaviors and receive immediate feedback from peers and counselors.
Reinforce your child’s academic needs with individualized programs. A certified teacher collaborates with your child’s school creating a program that will prepare him/her for academic success.
Arts & Crafts
Find your creative self in our Arts & Crafts program. Art creation breaks down barriers that often exist in face to face communication. While children focus on their artwork they feel free to share their feelings. Art expression is an opportunity for success and achievement which often builds confidence and self-esteem.
Practice self-control in a consistent and highly structured environment that strengthens neural networks in the brain. Having fun while developing coordination and building strength. Master your mind.
Build team spirit during teambuilding overnight experiences. Team competitions and other activities build feelings of unity. Team building, cooperation skills, turn taking, compromising and developing positive relationship are just a few of the skills learned.
Horseback Riding Program
Experience the joy of our horseback riding program led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Studies have found that horses can facilitate relaxation, bonding, and self-awareness. In addition, working with animals teaches responsibility, unconditional love and care which enhances friendships and relationships in the real world.
Therapeutic Sports & Social Skills Day Camp
Achieve goals, conquer fears, build confidence and self-esteem. Develop an enthusiasm for life while learning social and emotional skills that will last a lifetime. Campers bring brown-bag lunches. Water, fruit and healthy snacks are provided throughout the day!
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Day Camp (Full and Half Day)
Camp ABA is a fun and unique day camp for children with PDD and Autism. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most comprehensive and effective approach to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. While having summer fun, we teach children underlying skills they need to help them understand and acquire both basic and advance social skills, using a total communication approach. Location: Chatham only.
Sleep Away Programs
Sleep-a-way Youth programs are committed to offering quality experiential learning and fun programs to all income families and at-risk youth populations. Our programs are based on a non-competitive philosophy geared toward fostering the individuality of each child. Our goals include empowering young people and teaching them skills they need to make positive choices by working to improve self-esteem, social skills and develop leadership qualities.