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Altitude provides year-round camping experiences for kids, teens, and young adults with social cognitive challenges including: verbal and nonverbal learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s, and high functioning autism. We build social skills, independence, and self-confidence to prepare our participants for the transition to young adulthood, future relationships, and the rest of their lives.

Overnight African Safari

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Altitude’s Sleepaway program is designed for kids, teens, and young adults, ages 9-28.

Some of our Sleepaway participants are at the stage where their foundational social skills are still emerging, while others may have already mastered many of the skills described. Frequently, we have participants with an uneven profile who have mastered some of these skills, yet have more difficulty with others. Often, our campers benefit from support to help them generalize what they have learned to new settings, activities, people, and situations.

Given our comprehensive intake process, we are privileged to have the opportunity to learn in depth about each of our participants, which allows us to take into consideration their level of skill development and assist each child to grow and build upon those skills that they have mastered. In general, the goal is for our participants to start off receiving the level of support that they require and over time – whether that is during a single summer or over a number of years – to gradually pull back that level of support from direct prompts and cues, to modeling and intermittent reminders, eventually eliminating it altogether.

Sleepaway participants focus on the advancement of skills in the areas of socialization, executive functioning, coping, and independent living.

Social Skills addressed at this level include:

  • Fine-tuning of conversational skills
  • Developing and maintaining reciprocal friendships
  • Identifying behaviors that are exhibited by a true friend
  • Recognizing nonverbal cues, sarcasm, and idioms
  • Learning to understand others’ perspectives
  • Working collaboratively as a team or within a group
  • Social problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Increasing self awareness
  • For our older campers – should the issue surface at camp – assisting with the navigation of romantic thoughts and interests that often emerge during this developmental phase
  • Self advocacy and polite assertiveness with peers and adults

At this stage we focus on the development and application of more advanced executive functioning and coping skills, such as:

  • Following more complex directions or game rules
  • Organization of belongings
  • Planning individually and as a group to meet particular goals, by learning to consider the steps necessary to achieve the goal
  • Time and schedule management
  • Increasing flexibility and learning to adjust expectations in various situations, including those that involve peers
  • Further development of appropriate expression and regulation of positive and negative feelings
  • Continued development of coping strategies that can be utilized in any situation

Our Sleepaway program also provides our participants with a wonderful opportunity to practice being away from home, family, and school in a supportive and caring environment. Learning to live in a group setting is empowering and helps to prepare our campers for their potential transition to college and adult living.

Independent living skills that are addressed include:

  • Following daily self care routines
  • Keeping a clean and neat living area
  • Making healthy choices during meals and rest times
  • Budgeting
  • Self advocacy

Our aim is for all of our participants to increase their level of responsibility and independence over their time at Altitude. This is best exemplified by the encouragement and mentoring that we provide to our most advanced participants by allowing them to take on leadership roles that involve assisting our staff according to their strengths and interests.

The Program

  • July 13-22, 2020
  • Kids, teens, and young adults, ages 9-28
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 1:00-3:00pm on the first day of the program and check-out is from 3:00-5:00pm on the last day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $2,222
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Day Program African Safari

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Participants in this session will engage in the same activities as the Overnight African Safari session while building important life skills in a naturalistic setting. These skills include practicing and developing social skills as well as executive function skills and coping strategies.

The Program

  • 5 days July 13-17, 2020 OR 10 days July 13-22, 2020
  • Kids, teens, and young adults, ages 9-18
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Day program runs from 9:00am-7:00pm

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $1,200 for 5 days or $2,400 for 10 days
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Diamonds Are Forever

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This weekend session will focus on building social skills, independence, and self-confidence through the Diamonds Are Forever theme. Participants will gain new friendships through shared experiences, work together, and utilize problem solving skills through our special Treasure Hunt activity. Some treasure can be found by deciphering clues. Some treasure will be earned. Some treasure will just be there with no hints or warnings. All of the treasure can be used in our new and improved Altitude Store. The later in the session, the more exciting the items will be that you can buy.

The Program

  • July 17-19, 2020
  • Kids, teens, and young adults, ages 9-28
  • Staffing ratios provided for 3:1
  • Check-in is from 1:00-3:00pm on the first day of the program and check-out is from 3:00-5:00pm on the last day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • $667
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