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Programs
Recreational programs at OUCARES are provided for individuals with ASD ages 3 through adulthood. Click on the age group below for details on programs offered for that specific age group.

Please note that parents/caregivers must remain on the premises while any participant (under age 18) is involved in an OUCARES program.

Parent Support Group
Families of children with ASD often feel scared, frustrated, helpless and alone.  This group offers a place for parents to share their experiences, obtain information and support while connecting with other parents/caregivers in similar situations.  The mission of this group is support & strengthen parents of children with ASD through connections and shared experiences.

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 20-March 9
Time: 10-11:30am
Location: OU Counseling Center (Pawley Hall 2nd Floor)
Cost: $10.00

Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 21 - March 10
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: OU Counseling Center (Pawley Hall 2nd Floor)
Cost: $10.00

Click on the "REGISTRATION" tab above to register.

Ages 4-5

Swimming
Instructed by a certified lifeguard with experience working with children with ASD, the goals are for the participants to become comfortable in the pool, understand water safety and learn basic and new swim techniques. Participants will be assess during the first session and provided direction base on their skill level.  Parents/guardians are expected to participate with their children with ASD.

Sundays, Jan.17 - March 20 (No Session Feb. 28, March 6)
Ages: 5-10
Time: 10am-10:45am
Location: Aquatic Center Pool (OU Campus)
Cost: $130

Indoor Soccer
Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.

Saturdays, Jan. 16 - March 12 (No Session Feb. 27)

Ages: 4-9 
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60 Limited Scholarships Available

Basketball
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and team skills. Mastering these skills will involve listening, direction following and interacting with teammates.

Saturdays, Jan. 16 - March 12 (No Session Feb. 27)
Ages: 4-9 
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60Limited Scholarships Available


Ages 6-12

Swimming
Instructed by a certified lifeguard with experience working with children with ASD, the goals are for the participants to become comfortable in the pool, understand water safety and learn basic and new swim techniques. Participants will be assess during the first session and provided direction base on their skill level.  Parents/guardians are expected to participate with their children with ASD. 

Sundays, Jan.17 - March 20 (No Session Feb. 28, March 6) 

Ages: 5-10 yrs  Time: 10:00am-10:45am
Ages: 11-16 yrs   Time: 11:00am-11:45am
Location: Aquatic Center Pool (OU Campus)
Cost: $130.00 

Judo
Instructed by by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Black Belt with experience teaching individuals with ASD.  Learn the basics of Judo while building confidence, self-discipline, listening skills, increase coordinator and controlled movements.  Judo is a fun way to exercise while also learning to follow directions and practice self-defense skills.  Sibling or peer buddies are invited to register for this program.  This program is generously supported by a grant from the US Judo Federation.

Tuesdays, Jan. 19- March 15 (No Session Feb. 23)
Ages: 6-11yrs     Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 12+ yrs     Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Pawley Hall Atrium (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $80.00 Limited Scholarships Available

Indoor Soccer
Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.

Saturdays, Jan. 16 - March 12 (No Session Feb. 27)
Ages: 4-9 yrs. Time: 9:30-10:30am
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60 Limited Scholarships Available

Basketball
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and team skills. Mastering these skills will involve listening, direction following and interacting with teammates.

Fridays, Jan. 15- March 11 (No Session Feb. 26)
Ages: 10-15 yrs
Time: 6 - 7 pm
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS) 

Saturdays, Jan. 16 - March 12 (No Session Feb. 27)
Ages: 4-9 
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60 Limited Scholarships Available

Yoga
This fun program utilizes breathing exercises, yoga poses & movement games to keep the attention of any individual with ASD.  The therapeutic gross motor movements practiced are designed to positively impact fitness, self-regulation & motor performance in a relaxing environment.  Bring a yoga mat.  Classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor. 

Wednesdays, Jan. 20 - March 16 (No Session Feb. 24)
Ages: 8+ yrs
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Room 200 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd)
Cost: $100.00

 

Acting Club
Through interactive social activities, participants will work towards gaining abilities in voice, movement and presentation skills through theatrical performance.  Special focus will be given to how those skills translate to real world situations at home and school.  This program is for individuals with High-Functioning Autism with conversational skills.  Participants must be able to follow directives and instructions.   

Mondays, Jan. 25 - March 21 (No Session Feb. 22)
Ages: 12-18 yrs.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Room 201 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd)
Cost: $80.00

Teen Social Club
This program offers an opportunity for preteens & teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about different teen topics each week.  The instructor will use a variety of techniques to encourage and demonstrate positive social interaction through games, conversation, share interests and activities. This program is for participants with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's with conversational language skills.  This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County.   

Tuesdays, Jan. 19- March 15 (No Session Feb. 23)
Ages: 11-15 yrs.
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Room 202 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd)
Cost: $50.00 Limited Scholarships Available

Social Skills
This program is for individuals with conversational language skills who have the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Designed to teach skills in social interaction, this program will encourage friendships and positive relationships among peers.  This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County.

Thursdays, Jan. 21 - March 17 (No Session Feb. 25)  NEW DAY!
Grades: 3rd-5th      Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Grades: 6th-9th      Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Grades: 10th-12th   Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Room 202 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W Auburn Rd)
Cost: $130

Teen and Adult

Swimming

Instructed by a certified lifeguard with experience working with children with ASD, the goals are for the participants to become comfortable in the pool, understand water safety and learn basic and new swim techniques. Participants will be assess during the first session and provided direction base on their skill level.  Parents/guardians are expected to participate with their children with ASD. 

Sundays, Jan.17 - March 20 (No Session Feb. 28, March 6) 
Ages: 11-16 yrs   Time: 11:00am-11:45am
Location: Aquatic Center Pool (OU Campus)
Cost: $130.00 

Judo
Instructed by by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Black Belt with experience teaching individuals with ASD.  Learn the basics of Judo while building confidence, self-discipline, listening skills, increase coordinator and controlled movements.  Judo is a fun way to exercise while also learning to follow directions and practice self-defense skills.  Sibling or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!  This program is generously supported by a grant from the US Judo Federation.

Tuesdays, Jan. 19- March 15 (No Session Feb. 23)
Ages: 12+ yrs     Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Pawley Hall Atrium (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $80.00 Limited Scholarships Available

Yoga
This fun program utilizes breathing exercises, yoga poses & movement games to keep the attention of any individual with ASD.  The therapeutic gross motor movements practiced are designed to positively impact fitness, self-regulation & motor performance in a relaxing environment.  Bring a yoga mat.  Classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor. 

Wednesdays, Jan. 20 - March 16 (No Session Feb. 24)
Ages: 8+ yrs
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Room 200 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd)
Cost: $100.00

 

Acting Club
Through interactive social activities, participants will work towards gaining abilities in voice, movement and presentation skills through theatrical performance.  Special focus will be given to how those skills translate to real world situations at home and school.  This program is for individuals with High-Functioning Autism with conversational skills.  Participants must be able to follow directives and instructions.   

Mondays, Jan. 25 - March 21 (No Session Feb. 22)
Ages: 12-18 yrs.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Room 201 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd)
Cost: $80.00

Teen Social Club
This program offers an opportunity for preteens & teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about different teen topics each week.  The instructor will use a variety of techniques to encourage and demonstrate positive social interaction through games, conversation, share interests and activities. This program is for participants with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's with conversational language skills.  This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County.   

Tuesdays, Jan. 19- March 15 (No Session Feb. 23)
Ages: 11-15 yrs.
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Room 201 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd)
Cost: $50.00 Limited Scholarships Available

Basketball
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and team skills. Mastering these skills will involve listening, direction following and interacting with teammates.
Fridays, Jan. 15 - March 11 ( No Session Feb. 26)
Ages: 10-15   Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Ages: 16+      Time : 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Recreation Center Gym (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $60 Limited Scholarships Available

Social Skills
This program is for individuals with conversational language skills who have the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Designed to teach skills in social interaction, this program will encourage friendships and positive relationships among peers. This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Autism Society of Oakland County.

Thursdays, Jan. 21 - March 17 (No Session Feb. 25)  NEW DAY!
Grades: 3rd-5th           Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Grades: 6th-9th           Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Grades: 10th-12th       Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Room 202 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W Auburn Rd)
Cost: $130 

Bowling Leagues
OUCARES Bowling League is for individuals 16+ yrs on the Autism Spectrum to have the opportunity to bowl in a supportive and controlled environment. No experience necessary! Social participation will be encouraged to help participants develop friendships in a community setting. Overall well-being will be enhanced as they perform a physical activity, resulting in better fitness for healthier living. Emotional well-being will be fostered as they build self-esteem and confidence in a positive, supportive environment. The parent/caregiver will need to remain with the bowler if one on one assistance is required. There will be a 3:1 ratio of staff to bowlers.

Oakland County - Strikers League at Classic Lanes
Saturdays, Jan. 16 - March 12
Ages: 16+
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Classic Lanes - 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester Hills, MI
$45/person  - Price includes 2 games each week, bowling ball and shoes rental, and an awards ceremony (with pizza!) at the end of the season.

Macomb County - Pin Crushers League at Bowling MD
Thursdays, Jan. 14 - March 10
Ages: 16+
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bowling MD (formerly Bowling IQ) - 7023 E. 14 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, MI
$45/person - Price includes 2 games each week, bowling ball and shoes rental, and an awards ceremony (with pizza!) at the end of the season.

Photoshop Basics
This is an introduction to the basic techniques and tools in Photoshop. Participants will learn to create and edit graphics while also increasing their listening skills, creativity, and direction-following. The instructor has many years experience in graphic design and many years experience working with individuals with ASD. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism.  This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address. 
Mondays, Jan. 25 - March 21 (No Session Feb. 22)
Ages: 13+ yrs.
Time:  6-7:30pm
Location: Room 202 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost: $200  Limited Scholarships Available

Advanced Photoshop for the Workplace
This program builds on the skills and techniques learned in Photoshop Basics. It is designed for individuals interested in obtaining job-related skills and knowledge, with a workplace environment focus. Participants will be asked to provide a presentation of their accumulated projects to the instructor or guests within the industry. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism.   This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.    
Wednesdays, Jan. 20 - March 16 (No Session Feb. 24)
Ages: 16+ yrs.
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Room 202 (Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost:  $200 Limited Scholarships Available

Animation
Participants will learn skills and techniques with the program Anime Studio Pro. This program assists participants in learning how to animate graphics. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism.   This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.

Wednesdays, Jan. 27 - March 23 (No Session Feb. 24)
Ages: 13+ yrs.
Time: 7:30-9pm
Location : Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost:  $200 Limited Scholarships Available

Volleyball
Participants learn to play a sport while socializing and having fun! Players learn basics of volleyball while also learning team work, increasing their confidence, improving their motor skills and coordination. Program designed for individuals with conversational language skills who follow simple directions with a diagnosis of PDD/NOS, Asperger’s, or High Functioning Autism.

Tuesdays, Jan. 19 - March 15 (No Session Feb. 23)
Age: 16+  
Time:  6:30-8:00pm
Location: Woodland Elementary Gym (6465 Livernois, Troy)
Cost: $40  

After Hours Adult Social
This is a support group for adults with the diagnosis of Aspeger's, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS.  Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games and fun!  No registration required, come when you are able.


Dates: Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15
Age: 18+
Time:  6:00-9:00pm
Location: Oakland Center Lower Level TV Lounge
No cost for this program

 

Camps


The Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) offers a variety of summer day camps for children on the autism spectrum ages 3 - 18 years old. 

Pee Wee Camp - Children 3-6 years old
The Pee Wee Summer Day Camp is for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 3 - 6 years old. Our Pee Wee Camp activities will be focusing on maintaining known skills and acquiring new skills to improve quality of life. All activities are structured and are planned around a theme. Language Arts, Sensory Fun, Water Fun, Sports & Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Social Skills, Music, Fine Motor Fun and so much more!

Camp Assessments: All pee wee campers will be assessed prior to camp. Once your application is received we will contact you to schedule an assessment.

A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment. This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. You will be given a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect further information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2015 Four 2 Week sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 1: June 15-June 26 - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 2: June 29-July 10 (no July 3) - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 3: July 13-July 24
Session 4: July 27-August 7

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$600 for each 2 week session

Application form - You may fax completed applications to (248) 370-4242 or email  oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available.  Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form

Summer Day Camp - Children 7-12 years old
Each week will be filled with loads of fun including indoor swimming, arts and crafts, sensory time, social skills, field trips, sports and fitness, nature walks and much more! Camp activities will be recreational with an academic component. All activities are highly structured and are planned around a weekly theme.

Camp Assessments: All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp. Once your application is received we will call you to schedule an assessment. A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment. This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. You will be given a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect further information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

For all returning campers, you will be notified once we receive your application and sent a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2015 Four 2 Week Sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 1: June 15-June 26 - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 2: June 29-July 10 (no July 3) - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 3: July 13-July 24
Session 4: July 27-August 7

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$600 for each 2 week session

Application form - You may fax completed applications back to (248) 370-4242 or email back to  oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available.  Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form


Life Skills Camp - Adolescents 11-14 years old, 15-18 years old, & 18 years & Up

3 Locations - Meadows in Rochester, Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, Rising Stars Academy in Center Line

Life Skills Camps 


Each session will be full of fun activities focused on learning life skills including:

  • Practical Living Skills: Clothing care, menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Initiative/dependability, anger management, conflict resolution, self-esteem, social skills, and self-confidence.
  • Personal Management Skills: Money management, time management, personal health care

Daily Activities will include:

  • Campers plan and prepare lunch
  • Personal health care: exercise, personal hygiene and clothing care
  • Team-building activities: include starting a microbusiness to build employable skills learning about conflict resolution skills, managing anger issues
  • Field trips within the community to practice new life skills learned at camp

Camp Assessments
All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp. Once your application is received we will call you to schedule an assessment. A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment. This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. You will be given a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect further information about your child. Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admittance decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms. For all returning campers, you will be notified once we receive your application and sent a packet of forms for OUCARES to collect information about your child. 

CENTER LINE 2015:

Two sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for Adults Age 18 and Up

Session 1: June 22-July 2 (no July 3) 

Session 2: July 13-24

$600 per 2 week session

Rising Stars Academy, 23588 Lawrence St, Center Line

Application Form - You may fax completed applications back to (248) 370-4242 or email back to  oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available. Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.

 

MEADOWS 2015:

Three sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m. all for ages 11-14
Session 1: June 15-July 2 (3 weeks) -REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Session 2: July 6-July 24 (3 weeks)
Session 3: July 27-August 7 (2 weeks)

$900 for session 1 and session 2 (both three weeks long), $600 for session 3 (two weeks)


Meadows School, 1435 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills

Application form - You may fax completed applications to (248) 370-4242 or email oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available. Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form

South Lyon Life Skills Camp for 11-14 year olds & 15-18 year olds with High Functioning Autism/Asperger's

Each session will be full of fun activities focused on learning life skills including:

  • Practical Living Skills: Clothing care, menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Initiative/dependability, anger management, conflict resolution, self-esteem, social skills, and self-confidence.
  • Personal Management Skills: Money management, time management, personal health care

Daily Activities will include:

  • Campers plan and prepare breakfast and lunch
  • Personal health care: exercise, personal hygiene and clothing care
  • Team-building activities: include starting a microbusiness to build employable skills learning about conflict resolution skills, managing anger issues
  • Field trips within the community to practice new life skills learned at camp

SOUTH LYON 2015:

Two sessions Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Session 1: June 22-July 10 for 11-14 year olds -REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION

Session 2: July 13-July 31 for 15-18 year olds

$900 per 3 week session


Centennial Middle School, 62500 W. Nine Mile Rd., South Lyon

Application form - You may fax completed applications back to (248) 370-4242 or email back to oucares@oakland.edu. Limited scholarships are available. Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.

 

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders.  Learn more about OU's youth protection efforts.

For Summer Day Camp, Pee Wee Camp, and Meadows & South Lyon Life Skills Camps, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per session is due when your child is admitted (OUCARES will send you an email) to secure your child's placement at camp. This deposit will be applied to your total camp payment. All remaining payments are due in full by JUNE 1.  For Center Line Life Skills camp, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per session is due when the adult camper is admitted (OUCARES wills end you an email) to secure placement at camp. This deposit will be applied to your total camp payment. All remaining payments are due in full by JUNE 12.

All Pee Wee campers (ages 3-6), all new Summer Day campers (ages 7-12), and all new Life Skills campers (age 11-14 & age 15-18) are required to complete a casual assessment with OUCARES staff prior to camp. All campers who have an assessment are required to pay a $50 non-refundable assessment fee which is due prior to the day of assessment. This is a one-time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. There will be no assessment for returning Summer Day campers or returning Life Skills campers. If you have a Pee Wee camper (age 3-6) or a new Summer Day (ages 7-12) or Life Skills (ages 11-14 or 15-18) camper, OUCARES will contact you once we receive your registration forms. An OUCARES staff member will then schedule your camper’s assessment during a time that fits your schedule.

For Pee Wee Campers (age 3-6), please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff at the entrance to the Lowry Center on the 1st floor of Pawley Hall. For Summer Day Campers (age 7-12), please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff on the 3rd floor main lobby of Pawley Hall. Your child will be given a room assignment at that time. You will then drop off and pick up your child at that assigned room location for the remainder of the session. For Meadows Life Skills Campers (age 11-14), please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff at room 200 on the second floor of Meadows School. Meadows School is located at 1435 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills.  For South Lyon Life Skills campers (age 11-14 or 15-18), please bring your child to check in at room 209 at Centennial Middle School.  Centennial Middle School is located at  62500 9 Mile Road in South Lyon.

Should your child be absent or late, please call (248-370-2424) or email ( oucares@oakland.edu) the OUCARES offices no later than 8:30 a.m. the morning your child will be absent or late.

Each camper should have sunscreen, a hat to block the sun, a water bottle, a towel, a change of clothes, any medicines they need, and their daily take home folder. Also for Pee Wee and Summer Day campers, please bring a sack lunch and snacks labeled with your child’s name each day to camp. We will not have access to a refrigerator, so be sure to pack food accordingly. For those days that Summer Day campers will be swimming, be sure your camper has a swim suit.

Pee Wee camp typically begins each day with fun sensory activities to help campers get out energy at the beginning of the day. The morning is divided into structured play times, circle time (including reading and singing), playground time, and structured activities at the table. After lunch, Pee Wee campers may have some quiet choice time, followed by creative expression activities, outdoor fun, snack time, and social skills practice.

Summer Day campers start their day with structured free choice activities and morning circle time. Mornings continue with outdoor activities and life skills training. After lunch, campers go swimming on certain days, or they may go for a nature walk or on the playground. In the afternoon, campers focus on structured activities before closing circle time. Summer Day campers will go on field trips to the park on most Fridays.

Life Skills camp begins every day with campers making and eating a light breakfast and learning good hygiene practices. Then, campers may have a structured outdoor activity before engaging in creative thinking, team-building, and life skills projects. Life Skills campers prepare and eat their own lunches and then have a quiet free choice time. The afternoon consists of more social skills activities, learning about a micro-enterprise, and camper-planned activities. Life Skills campers will go on field trips into the community on certain days as well in order to practice the life skills they have been learning.
Employable Skills Programs
Photoshop Basics
This is an introduction to the basic techniques and tools in Photoshop. Participants will learn to create and edit graphics while also increasing their listening skills, creativity, and direction-following. The instructor has many years experience in graphic design and many years experience working with individuals with ASD. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism. This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.
Mondays, Jan. 25 - March 21 (No Session Feb. 22)
Ages: 13+ Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.) Limited Scholarships Available


Advanced Photoshop for the Workplace
This program builds on the skills and techniques learned in Photoshop Basics. It is designed for individuals interested in obtaining job-related skills and knowledge, with a workplace environment focus. Participants will be asked to provide a presentation of their accumulated projects to the instructor or guests within the industry. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism. This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 
Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.
Wednesdays, Jan. 20 - March 16 (No Session Feb. 24)
Ages: 16-26 Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.) Limited Scholarships Available


Animation
Participants will learn skills and techniques with the program Anime Studio Pro. This program assists participants in learning how to animate graphics. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism.  This program is partially funded by a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Participants will need to bring a portable flash drive and have access to a working email address.
Wednesdays, Jan. 27 - March 23 (No Session Feb. 24)
Ages: 13+ Time: 7:30-9pm
Location : Room 202 (Meadows School 1435 W. Auburn Rd.) Limited Scholarships Available
Registration
Program Registration                                 PROGRAMS FILL UP QUICKLY SO REGISTER SOON!

  WINTER 2016

To register online, complete the online program registration and submit payment. You will also have to print and fill out the release and assumption of risk form and mail it to the above address.




**Limited Scholarships are available for the following Winter 2016 Programs Only.
Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Judo, Teen Social, Photoshop Basics, Advanced Photoshop for the Workplace and Animation

Complete the participant information form only if you are registering for Social Skills, SNAG Golf, Comic Book Club, or if you are a New Participant.

Printable PROGRAM BROCHURE of all OUCARES Winter Recreational Programs.

To register by mail, complete the program registration form and mail it along with the registration fee (checks payable to Oakland University) to: 

OUCARES
425C Pawley Hal
Rochester, MI 48309

If you would like to volunteer to help with a program, complete the volunteer application and background check form.