STARS Academic & Social programs- June 14th -July 22nd, 2021
Camp AuSome (Roanoke) – July 5th-23rd, 2021
It’s time to think SUMMER! BRAAC hosts a summer program for children with autism, learning disabilities and children without unique learning challenges. Special emphasis is placed on social play and development, communication skills and social skill development, while targeting certain learning goals and skill retention. Our program meets the needs of all types of learners, offering one-on-one therapy where needed. They are activity based and can include music, arts and crafts, animals, cooking, planned outings, etc.
Students who are already enrolled in a BRAAC program are guaranteed a spot in their appropriate program if they are registered by their parent/guardian before April 1, 2021. To register, please contact Tammie at BRAAC to receive the necessary forms. After April 9th, families must follow the General Application procedures outline below.
General Applications for the Summer PLUS Programs will be accepted beginning April 1, 2021 at the BRAAC Roanoke location. Due to the high demand of the Summer PLUS and Camp AuSome programs, please arrive early at 312 Whitwell Drive and form a line with at least 6ft between families (if needed). Bring the student application already filled out and a check written to BRAAC for $50 (application fee). We are super excited about Summer 2021!
Contact us with questions at 540.366.7399
BRAAC summer programs offered for 2021:
*Please note- Space in all summer programs are significantly limited and fill up quickly on a first come, first serve basis.
STARS Academic and Social Program: BRAAC Roanoke, Mondays-Thursdays, at the Roanoke location, 9:00AM-2:00PM, June 15th-July 23rd.
This program addresses all areas of need for students by providing necessary academic remediation while also targeting social skills in a “camp-like” way.
For the struggling learner who needs intense remediation in core academic areas of reading, spelling, writing and/or math, the mornings are set aside to target specific learning needs. Much time is spent on reading and math skills. Intensity is key during the hours of 9:00 a.m.-noon. Orton-Gillingham and Wilson Reading programs are used for teaching reading. Teachers use a multi-sensory based approach to learning, mixed with fun activities that facilitate learning. Some of the types of students who would benefit from this program are often typical students who need a strong summer remediation program or a child who is diagnosed with a learning disability such as HFA, LD, Dyslexia or ADHD.
Social skills are another key area of development addressed in this unique summer program. The hours of 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. are used to facilitate social skills, organizational skills, executive functioning skills and attend activities which further promote learning. Participants engage in a social based program intensely focused on certain social deficits which are determined by assessment and/or consultation with the parents and/or school districts. Areas such as how to get along with peers, joining in with a group, reading emotions, body space awareness, appropriate comments to peers and adults, body language, self control, coping skills, voice tone, etc., are covered on a DAILY basis. Targeted themes are covered WEEKLY, such as parties, telephone etiquette, restaurant etiquette, etc. Several outings occur during the summer weeks to practice what we learn! BRAAC staff utilizes video modeling, role play, embedded teaching trials and real-life practice opportunities throughout the afternoon.
Summer Social CAMP AuSome – Roanoke camp located at HopeTree Family Services. This day camp provides an experience for school-aged children with a diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Camp incorporates social skills, problem-solving, team building and daily living skills within the context of a day camp where fun, creativity and exploration are emphasized. Age groups include: Primary: K-2, Secondary: 3-5, Middle: 6-8, High: 9-12. This 3 week camp runs July 5th-July 22nd, Mondays-Thursdays, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Social skills are embedded in activities, may include: Swimming, Arts/Crafts, Daily Puzzle/Mystery, Woodworking, Hiking/Fishing/Exploring, flora/fauna, Gym time, Stables: therapeutic riding or stable chores, Game time, etc.
Cost: $1200 Partial program is not offered (Must commit to full 3 weeks. Scholarships may be available).
PEER Model Program: BRAAC seeks out peer models who sign up to come the weeks they want…one, a few, or all. This is a great opportunity for siblings or friends to participate and learn to be a peer model! Since BRAAC’s main focus is serving the needs of the families affected by autism and learning disabilities, BRAAC will only be able to accept a limited number of peer models this year. We have three opportunities for peers!
Elementary Peers – Ages 7-13 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Senior Peer Mentor – Ages 14-18 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
$45 per week for BRAAC families (siblings)
$60 per week for non-BRAAC families (meaning we do not serve a sibling at BRAAC during the school year or in the Summer PLUS Program).
Peer models for the BRAAC-Roanoke location only
Senior Peer Mentor Program – This is a community service position that will last through the entire 6 week program. We are looking for 4-6 middle and/or high school students to assist in our M-Th STARS summer program as a classroom volunteer/peer model. Students interested in this program should apply using the Volunteer application. Contact Tammie at 540.366.7399 for Volunteer application. Students will come in for interviews and notifications will be made the first week in June.
BRAAC accepts volunteers and interns for all summer programs. Please contact us directly if you wish to be considered.
Please note that all BRAAC summer programs are subject to enrollment. This website lists the plans for the summer, but if enrollment dictates a change in structure, we will notify families as soon as it is known. (example: 15 5th graders register and 1 1st grader, etc)