Our annual summer camp this year was held at Institute International de Lancy (www.iil.ch). All campers, their parents and the camp staff alike were more than delighted with the great location and the classroom settings we were offered. Most importantly, for the first time since we started summer camp in 2007, an academic director of a school was able to witness and experience the quality and the different levels of differentiation ASK was able to offer to each camper despite their various levels of special needs.
Quoting from Dr. David Claivaz, the director of academics, his first experience of ASK summer camp was as follows: “When you walk around ASK Summer Camp for the first time, you recognize all the signs of a great camp: colors, music, laughs, excited kids and even more excited staff. A closer look at the very specific set of activities make you realize that you have reached a place in which learning is back to its roots, the freeing of the learner.”
About the camp programme in particular his words were so encouraging: “Through the resources of art therapy or study skills, or during time spent in friendship, social skills or game rooms, all campers at the ASK Summer Camp progress on individual and specific learning paths. Whether the camper is faced with formidable learning difficulties, or “neurotypical” (the term used for those without learning difficulties), ASK’s vision emphasizes the importance of having all learning, playing, eating and laughing side by side as equals. ASK prides itself on providing learners with an environment in which everybody is empowered to identify, celebrate and strengthen their abilities, no matter where their difficulties may lie.”
Read the full article here: http://www.iil.ch/blog/
ASK is a child-centered support organization where all programmes offered are tailored to meet each child’s specific learning or social needs, delivered at their own pace and level. The neurotypical children, who attended the summer camp inevitably played a support role where their neurotypical behaviour were emulated and the positive social interactions were one of the many benefits enjoyed by all the camp participants.