Avanti provides a variety of programs to serve the needs of children, therapists and the community. The children we serve are those who have average or above average intelligence but have diagnosed learning disabilities and/or sensory processing dysfunction. These children may also have poor coordination, attention deficits, hyperactivity and/or inadequate motor planning skills. Because Camp Avanti has been designed for group experience, therapeutic support is geared toward facilitating peer interaction with camp activities. Staff/camper ratio is three–five staff to eight children during daytime activities.

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For Children—Camp Avanti

There are three ways for children to experience camp.

  • Day Camp (girls and boys, ages 6–8) $700
  • Overnight Camp (girls and boys, ages 8–12) $1,100
  • Challenge Camp (Canoe Trip) (girls and boys, ages 12–15) $825

Camp Avanti—where we all come together. Our summer camp program combines an exciting camp environment with an intensive sensory integration treatment approach. Campers participate in a broad range of fun activities that also have a therapeutic benefit. Campers also receive occupational therapy utilizing neurobehavioral theories. Every camper’s program is created for the individual. It is updated throughout the week to take full advantage of the experience. The goal is to provide a total treatment environment in the context of a fun camp experience.

One highlight of the experience is during campfire gatherings. This is a special opportunity for singing, self-expression and camaraderie. Demonstrations of Native American lore and drumming are popular. Other activities include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Boating: canoeing/kayaking/sailing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Music
  • Nature activities
  • Outdoor games
  • Swimming
  • WonderLab: A Sensory Integration (SI) Therapy-Based treatment activity.

We also offer Challenge Camp only for campers who have graduated from Overnight Camp—the Avanti Challenge for ages 12–15.

Camp Avanti 2018 is Sunday, July 1 – Friday, July 6, 2018. The location is Camp Icaghowan in Amery, Wisconsin. This is a YMCA camp set on a 40-acre island surrounded by Lake Wapogasset. The camp is approximately a 90-minute drive east from the Twin Cities—Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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A deposit of $100 is due with your application. The balance is due upon your acceptance. See the application for additional fees that may be applicable.

You can pay via check (made payable to Avanti Therapeutic Projects) or online.

For Therapists—Advanced Treatment Practicum

A limited number of occupational therapists will be accepted for this special practicum with the Avanti staff involving the holistic treatment of children with sensory processing disorders. The learning activities will include opportunities for both formal (lectures, approximately 15–20 hours) and practical experiences. Most of the children have normal or above average intelligence but experience difficulties with learning and/or behavior. Practicum therapists will be able to work and live with the children and camp staff. Each practicum participant will be presented with opportunities to enhance professional development and skills within the framework of the camp’s goals for the children.

The children are assigned to cabins by age and gender. A cabin therapist and two experienced YMCA camp counselors for each cabin coordinate cabin activities. The counselors, WonderLab therapists and cabin therapists collaborate to plan appropriate activities for each child and ways to make the camping experience a positive and therapeutic one.

Camp activities begin each morning with a special individualized wake-up routine. The camp schedule focuses on structured activities at many different program areas interspersed with unstructured activities. Specific sensory integration therapy for individual children takes place in space designed for therapy called the WonderLab. Whenever possible therapy also occurs in the outdoor environment. The WonderLab therapy space is fully equipped with suspended apparatus, mats and other therapy equipment.

Other activities include swimming, hiking, therapeutic horseback riding, crafts, boating, self-expression, music, etc. Intercommunication among the camp staff is an integral part of the program, and a variety of opportunities for consultation, problem solving, treatment planning and more are built in to the program. Meals, rest periods and campfires are carefully structured to maximize the therapeutic value for the children.

Practicum therapists’ learning experiences will be facilitated by Jen Kiellach, MHS, OTR/L, Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA and other therapists on staff to gain the most from the practicum experience. WonderLab therapists and other support staff are nationally recognized experts in various aspects of sensory integration treatment and other neurobehavioral approaches.

They will be able to share their special skills (i.e. oral sensory motor and postural techniques, assessment, cranio-sacral therapy, listening programs, etc.) with practicum therapists on a day-to-day basis in conjunction with lectures. The actual hands-on learning time and formal learning time together average 12 hours per day.

More Details

Sensory Integration in the Life Environment: An Advanced Treatment Practicum

This year’s camp is directed by Kris Worrell, OTR/L, SIPT. The Practicum program will be coordinated by Jen Kiellach, MHS, OTR/L and Patti Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA. Participants will also have training experiences facilitated by other expert therapists.

  • Pre-camp: Thursday, June 28–Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Camp: Sunday, July 1–Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Tuition: $1000; includes training, materials, and room and board

Therapists applying for this course must have studied sensory integration theory. It is advantageous if the participant’s work experience has included testing and/or treatment of sensory integrative dysfunction as well as other treatment approaches for children with sensory processing disorders.

Therapists will be accepted on the basis of whether their background is sufficient to benefit from this experience and if the setting can contribute to their intended goals. Applications will be processed in the order received (limited number accepted).

Therapists who are easily inconvenienced by living in a rustic environment, require a lot of privacy, need a lot of structure or have difficulty adapting to the changing needs of a group of creative professionals should reconsider before applying. Adaptability is essential.

Each practicum therapist must have professional liability insurance.

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