With attendance almost double officials at Behavioral Health Associates in Lehighton are calling this summer's second annual Summer Therapeutic Activities Program for children with an autism spectrum disorder "a huge success".
"Finding My Voice" is a unique, six-week summer program serving children with an ASD diagnosis, their siblings and neurotypical peers from the community. STAR ran from July 5 through Aug. 12, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BHA Academy, 325 Alum Street in Lehighton.
Children between the ages of 3 and 16 years were provided an opportunity to develop and practice a variety of social skills with peers in an inclusion-based setting. Children received intensive treatment services that extend beyond those found in traditional summer camps. Campers went on several outings to the Lehighton Pool, Carbon County Environmental Center, Mauch Chunk Lake Park, and Beltzvllle Lake Park. They were also treated to educational presentations by Mary Derr and her therapy dogs and Tom Evans of the Lehighton Pool.
BHA will hold a special presentation at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at BHA's Packer Ridge Academy to showcase the campers' achievements over the summer. The academy is located just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.
Behavioral Health Associates is a nonprofit health care foundation based in the Lehighton area.
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