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Behavioral Health Associates STAP program a huge success

Published August 01. 2012 05:02PM

With attendance continuing to climb, officials at Behavioral Health Associates in Lehighton are calling this summer's third 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. STAP ran from June 25 through August 3, weekdays from 9am-3pm, at the BHA Academy, 325 Alum Street in Lehighton.

Children between the ages of 3 years 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, Pyramid Sports Performance Center, No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, Carbon County Environmental Center, and Mauch Chunk Lake Park. They were also treated to a variety of educational presentations.

According to Lisa-Marie Nicholson, M.A., STAP Director, BHA will have a special presentation on Friday, August 3 at 1pm to showcase the campers' achievements over the summer. It will be held at BHA's Packer Ridge Academy just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe.

Behavioral Health Associates is a non-profit healthcare foundation based in the Lehighton area.

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