New Perspectives - Aug,
1995 Issue #35
Mayer & Ninette Stiskin, Directors
NY Office: 800-323-9908
1995 marks the 27th year of providing residential camping services for up to 225 boys and
girls ages 7 to 17. They aim to work with children classified as having Attention Deficit Disorders and possible concomitant learning
disabilities or mild emotional problems.
Our child has had difficulty in establishing meaningful and mutually rewarding relationships
with other children. While often performing beautifully on a one-to-one basis with sympathetic adults, our camper often alienates,
antagonizes, or isolates him/herself from peers. Whether due to impulsivity, language processing difficulties, hyperactivity, or other
factors, our camper often responds inappropriately to the social attitudes and expectations of his or her peers.
They work with these children through a program of therapeutic recreation in which the camp
is viewed as the setting in which recreational, social, and educational activities have as a primary goal the establishment or reinforcement
of feelings of success, confidence, enthusiasm, and self-worth within the child.
The achievement of these goals require that the activities presented be in harmony with
the capabilities of the child, so that success is attainable. Our program is structured so that the campers receive regular instruction
in the widest possible variety of recreational skills, and are able to judge and appreciate their own progress. At the same time,
our program is flexible and challenging so that each child pursues areas of individual interest.
Activities include Land Sports, Water Sports, Team Sports, Creative Arts and Computer Labs.
They aim for a staff-student ratio of three adult staff members for every four children.
They also have the Summit Travel Program serving the older LD adolescent (ages 17 and above)
and young adult. The program stresses the acquisition of independent living skills, the development of mature social behavior, the
refinement of peer relationships, etc., all within the frame- work of a travel/sightseeing experience. In 1995 we will be offering
2, 3, and 6 week trips to the U.S. and Canadian Northwest, as well as 1 and 2 week trips to Mexico City and Cancun.
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