Day Camp for Kids with Autism

The South Pinellas Autism Project is proud to announce that “Summer on the Spectrum,” — a day camp for kids with Autism and other neurodevelopment challenges — is now open for registration.

For information, text your name and email address, and your child’s name and age to 727-483-1305. SPAP will email registration packs later this week. The camp is limited to 30 kids, and the target age is 5-13.

SPAP also needs volunteers who can help work with kids who elope — and volunteers who would like to lead projects and activities for kids. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call Matt Wiseman at 727-483-1305.

“Our goal is to have a safe and fun camp, that accommodates kids who have challenging behavior and development issues,” says SPAP Chair Rob Capuano. “At the same time, we want to encourage them to build on positive behaviors and academic strengths.”

Kids will be coached to improve social, language, academic and behavioral skills each day. Kids will also enjoy lots of outdoor games and activities — in addition to a sensory room and chill out tent.

“Our past camps over holiday breaks from school have helped kids build confidence and develop friendships,” Capuano says. “Private therapists are welcome at camp to help clients build skills and reinforce positive behaviors.”

The camp is located on the Greater St. Pete YMCA’s Central Campus, which is just off I-275 and easily accessible from all of South Pinellas and Eastern parts of Clearwater and Safety Harbor. Central Campus is at 5175 45th St N in St Petersburg, FL 33714.

Hours are weekdays 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. The cost is $150 a week, and there is tuition assistance available.

The first day of camp is May 30th and it will run about 10 weeks until early August.

There is a $35 registration fee, but that is waived if you come to Central Campus for “Healthy Kids Day at the Y” on April 29th.

To make this camp a success, SPAP needs help from the community. SPAP, a 501(C)3 public charity, offers these camps far below the cost it takes to provide them. If you would like to make a donation to sponsor a child, please visit https://squareup.com/store/SPAP/.

“Our goal is to offer an after school program next fall in addition to our camps,” Capuano says, “but we need funding and volunteers.”

To learn more about the South Pinellas Autism Project, visit the website, www.sp-autism.org or find SPAP on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SouthPinellasAutism/

You can reach Executive Director Matt Wiseman by voice or text at 727-483-1305.

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