New Information regarding “Swim Classes.” Click here for flyer: Swimming 2018
The Pinellas Autism Project is proud to announce that it has expanded its summer swimming program to include all children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities. Prior to June 7, the program was offered solely for participants in “Summer on the Spectrum,” PAP’s summer camp.
The swimming lessons are offered on Tuesdays beginning on June 12 at the pool at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Non-campers need to have a parent or guardian who can join them in the water. The lessons last about 30 minutes with about 90 minutes of free swim/play time. There are changing facilities at the NEHI pool. Children who are developing toileting skills are welcome with swimmy diapers or swimmy pullups. For kids developing toileting skills we recommend prompting bathroom breaks every 30 minutes. Bring your own towels, sunscreen and beverages. (No glass containers.)
To register, please text parent/guardian name, email, and the child’s name, gender and age to (727) 542-2520. You can also call Veva Scott, PAP secretary, at the same number.
Lessons are every Tuesday (weather permitting) at the NEHI pool, which is approximately located at 1801 54th Ave N; St Petersburg, FL 33713. The pool is just East of the 275 Exit for 54th Avenue N. PAP accepts credit cards, checks and cash. The cost is $75 for the entire summer. The last lesson is Aug. 7. No refunds or credits for cancellation due to weather.
Non-campers can also join PAP on Thursday field trips. (Ask for a schedule.) You must provide your own transportation to and from field trips and non-campers need to have a parent or guardian with them at all times. Families must also pay for admission and miscellaneous costs to participate. (It’s generally about $10 per person.)
All PAP’s programs are designed by ABA therapists. Programs emphasize building social skills, getting exercise and learning to be responsible for one’s own well being, which includes a camper’s sensory and behavioral deficits. Swimming lessons focus on safety skills, which include swimming or dog paddling, and pulling oneself out of the pool. Advanced swimmers learn to safely use diving boards and swim under water.
All swimmers are invited to our beach party Friday, July 27, from 10 am to 1 pm, where we will practice open water skills. A kid’s BBQ lunch will be served at noon. Cost is $5 per person for lunch.
PAP’s mission is to “Transform the World for Families Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
Our goals are to:
• IDENTIFY — What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Who is affected by Autism? What services and support do they need? How can we bring those services to Pinellas County?
• ADAPT — Help those affected by Autism (and the community as a whole) to discover ways to challenge kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder and eliminate barriers to their success.
• ADVOCATE — Make sense of the patchwork of insurance, therapies, education, laws and other resources. Become a champion for people with Autism, so they can thrive and contribute to the community.
Our Current Initiatives Include:
• Play Dates — Monthly play dates in Clearwater and St. Petersburg for elementary-age kids
• Teen Game Nights — Monthly game night for teens in St. Pete
• Support Groups — Monthly meetings for parents, sibling and adults on the Spectrum
• IEP Advocacy — PAP staff will attend IEP meetings with families as requested.
• Insurance Advocacy — PAP staff and network of professionals will help find insurance
• Pairing Families with Service Providers — Help families find ABA, OT, PT providers
• Summer Camp — The only ABA-based camp in Pinellas County
• Holiday Camps — Therapy-based camp at Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break
• Parent Therapy Support — Launching Fall of 2018
• After School Program for six grade and up — Launching Fall of 2018
• After School Program for K-5 — Launching January 2019
About the Pinellas Autism Project: Launched in April 2016, the Pinellas Autism Project serves families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities. PAP offers support groups for parents and siblings; holiday and summer camps for kids; advocacy for children with schools and insurance; and support for finding medical and behavioral services. PAP is a 501(C)3 organization funded by donations and service fees. To learn more, contact Executive Director Matt Wiseman by calling 727-483-1305 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t been directly associated with the impacts of ASD and related issues, you may not be aware of the financial costs that are involved in raising a child with special needs. Not all insurances cover the variety of care needed; therefore, parents and caregivers are responsible to cover these costs themselves. Access to specialized, quality education is another area in which families can see high out of pocket costs.
Some families do receive scholarships to pay for specialized education; none of which offer funding for summer camp or after school care. Therefore, in an effort to keep our camp at an affordable costs for families of all income levels, we are looking for donations to supplement the differences. The fees for one child for the entire 11 weeks of camp is $1650.00. We have developed a range of Sponsor Options to help offset these costs.
Donate online (Scroll to 2018 Summer Camp Sponsor)
If you have any questions, please contact: Veva Scott, Secretary
Pinellas Autism Project’s 2018 Summer camp will be held Tuesday, May 29th – Friday, August 10th. Hours of operation are 8:00am – 6:00pm, Monday thru Friday. We will be closed Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 in observance of Independence Day. Camp will be $150.00/week.
The registration form below is a read, write, save. Please bring a printed & signed copy with you to the first day of camp.
Why wait? Reserve a spot today by making a $50.00 deposit.
Full payment is due at drop off on May 29th.
Click here: Camp Payment and scroll down to “2018 Summer Camp Registration.”
Checks can be made payable and mailed to:
“Pinellas Autism Project”
212 30th Street N, Saint Petersburg FL 33713.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Veva Scott, Secretary, at 727-542-2520 or email: email@example.com
Please check back for new details.
With headlines over the weekend about a seven-year-old boy with Autism drowning in a neighbor’s pool in Seminole, the Pinellas Autism Project would like to share the following tips for keeping kids safe around water.
Sunday, April 15, from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunset Beach. SPAP 1st Anniversary Party. Surfing, Food, Live Music. Tickets: https://squareup.com/store/PinellasAutism
Join us for food, fun and prizes at Punky’s on Central Avenue. Ten rounds of Bingo for 10 bucks. There’s also a 50/50 and other prizes. Proceeds help fund the South Pinellas Autism Project’s summer camp. #grandcentralevent
To register for camp, you need three things:
- A completed SPAP enrollment form: Click Here.
- A YMCA enrollment form: Click Here.
- Payment of $35 registration fee and 1 week of camp, $150.
The YMCA charges $120 a week for camp. SPAP charges an additional $30 to operate our sensory-friendly, ASD-friendly camp.
SPAP was founded by two St. Pete parents with a child on the Spectrum. There are far too few services for families affected by Autism in Pinellas County, and SPAP aims to change that. Camps are but one of our many initiatives. We hope you will get involved with our organization, participate in our programs, help us raise money and fulfill our mission to “Transform the World for Families Affected by Autism.” We are planning a sports program and an after school program for the fall.
You can register your child for free (save $35), if you come to Healthy Kids Day at Central Campus on April 29. This is a good opportunity to see where camp will be, ask questions, meet other families, etc. For details on Healthy Kids Day, click the image. Note that you need to come to the event on Central Campus, which is located at 5185 45th Street North; St Petersburg, FL 33714. This is the address for camp.
If your family needs assistance with the YMCA’s tuition, you can apply for a scholarship by completing this form: Click Here.
Now, to help fund “Summer on the Spectrum,” which costs more than the $30 a week fee, we have a number of events coming up, which we hope you will attend and invite friends and family to attend as well.
- Easter Egg Hunt, April 15, 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Free.
- Healthy Kids Day, April 29. Free.
- SPAP Anniversary Beach Party, April 30. $20 for Adults, $5 for Kids. (You can get tickets by clicking here. Come join us for a day of sun, fun and great food. Free surfing lessons for the kids.
- Bingo Night at Punky’s Bar and Grill, May 3.
- Bowling for Autism, June 3. Kids bowl free.
- Bingo Night at Hamburger Mary’s, June 28.
We originally planned to serve 30 kids this summer. We have 43 inquiries. We don’t like saying no, so we are working hard to expand the camp to 40. If I sent you a link to this post via text, you are already on the list, which was first-come, first-served. If you are seeing this post from Facebook or our website, please confirm that I have you on the list. Text your name, cell, email, child’s name, age and gender to 727-483-1305. I will acknowledge your text and tell you what number the child is on the list.
To really make this summer work for everyone, we need families and businesses to support us and participate.
I’ve donated the last year of my life, working full time for no pay to get SPAP rolling. I want to create a world that supports my son on the Spectrum. I appreciate your patience and more than anything, your commitment to your child and mine.
Finally, if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, please contact Matt Wiseman at 727-483-1305. Text is best, but you are welcome to call.
See you at camp,
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.