Summer Camp Info

CARD at UCF is offering the following summer camps. Several are based on Michelle Garcia’s Social Thinking curriculum. This is excellent stuff and I highly recommend looking up the Social Thinking information. Summer time is a time that while it’s good to relax and make family time, our children need to continue to have social interactions and not too much alone time or television or video game time. Consider this as one of your options…..


Subject: Summer Camps
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:19:33 +0000


Hello All Family Members,

The summer is almost here and that means it is almost time for camp for some of our constituents. If you are not familiar with the camps offered by PALS and UCF CARD please read below for more general information. Specific information regarding times, dates, locations and guidelines are located in the attached camp applications.




Camp TWO-CAN is a summer program for children with and without autism spectrum disorders* (ASD) in 3  Central Florida locations. The ages of campers range from 5-22, depending on the location. Our West and Brevard locations accommodate campers ages 5-22. East camp accommodates 5-16 year olds.

The program was developed in response to the limited options and high demand for appropriate summer programs where children with autism spectrum disorders can interact with other children.

Camp TWO-CAN provides campers with a natural environment to help build friendships, learn and use social skills, explore nature, make arts and crafts, participate in swimming/sports/games, and use various functional skills, all while having fun!

Activities for all campers consist of:

  • arts & crafts
  • music & movement
  • general play activities
  • outdoor games/activities
  • swimming
  • weekly field trips to exciting locations
  • daily out-of-camp experiences
  • movie theatres
  • shopping


Small groups of children are supervised by adults who have experience working with children with autism. Families have the option to choose one week intervals for participation that work around their summer schedule.

Funding for Camp TWO-CAN is subsidized through PALS (Providing Autism Links and Supports), a local non-profit group, with a mission to support the UCF-CARD constituents.

Camp hours are: Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm. No early drop off, late pickup, or after care available.

*Campers with ASD must be registered with the UCF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UCF CARD).


Secret Social Spy Academy


Secret Social Spy Academy is typically a three week, half-day, social skills intervention program that teaches students

ages 5-14 with ASD and related disabilities how to be flexible thinkers, problem solvers, and effective perspective

takers. Led by a master ASD teacher and a speech-language pathologist who have presented nationally on their

innovative practices for students with ASD, this program is in its fourth year of operation under the auspices of PALS

(Providing Autism Links and Supports), a non-profit group that supports services for registered constituents of the UCF

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. The Secret Social Spy Academy is subsidized through fundraising efforts by

PALS and collaboration from OCPS. This program is best suited for children with near-age-level language and cognitive

skills. Children should also have mastered basic attending skills and be able to function in a group setting with minimal

to moderate prompting. The curriculum will be based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® Concepts. For our

younger detectives we will use a modified version of Superflex® curriculum by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia

Winner. For our older detectives we will put more of an emphasis on Social Behavior Mapping©, perspective taking

and social problem solving.



Please note that these programs are not “child care” or summer respite. These are highly planned and intensive half day

intervention programs. Group A will be from 9am-12am and Group B will be from 1pm-4pm. Groups will be formed on a

rolling admissions basis, based on ages, needs, and receipt of deposit, so it is recommended that applications be

submitted well in advance of deadlines to secure a spot in the session of your choice. If the program session of interest

has filled to capacity, your child’s name will be added to a waiting list.


If you have any further questions please call our office at 407-823-6011.






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