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EMU Hosts Ypsilanti Camps For Kids With Autism

Jun 30, 2014

Eastern Michigan University will be introducing kids on the autism spectrum to pirates, dinosaurs and rocket ships this summer.   

EMU's Autism Collaborative Center
Credit EMU ACC

EMU's groundbreaking Autism Collaborative Center is hosting seven week-long "Summer Splash" camps that provide a structured environment for children ages 3-12 with autism.

The camps are designed to help increase confidence, develop independence and provide peer interaction. 

Each week has a theme, including "Walking with Dinosaurs," "Medieval Times" and "Pirate Adventure." 

The first session begins today and runs through Thursday. Its theme is "American Pride."

The ACC at Eastern is a national leader in educating college-age students along the spectrum.  Now, Eastern is lending its faculty and other program officials to work with much younger students at the camps, which will have a staff-to-child ratio of 1-to-3.