When the final school bell rings for the year, students are filled with excitement and relief that the summer break has arrived. However, for the children in AltaPointe’s care, summer can cause a gap in treatment.
“When children are not in school, they may have more inconsistency in schedules and accountability, and it causes them to step back in the progress they are making with their school-based therapist,” said BayPointe Hospital Assistant Director Nicolette Harvey. “To continue their success, we hold camps throughout the year to make sure the children are receiving the therapy they need and that they continue with their programs even when school is out.”
Following successful Mardi Gras and spring break camps, Harvey and the staff at BayPointe planned an exciting summer camp that kicked off May 30. It offered eight weeks of all-day care, at no cost to the parents of children who meet the mental health requirements. Similar to other summer camps, the children will participate in activities like swimming, sports, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and other outings, in addition to having the structure and therapeutic component to support their progress.
“We try to make sure the kids are having fun and are eager to come back each day. And at the same time, we are incorporating therapeutic elements like positive communication, anger management or social skills building into all of our activities,” added Harvey.
In addition to summer camps, other special camps are held throughout the year during regularly scheduled school breaks to help bridge the gap and provide continuous reinforcement for students. Many of the camps are hosted by AltaPointe’s children and adolescents outpatient programs as well. For more information regarding children’s camps and other programs, contact CarePointe at (251) 450-2211 or (888) 335-3044.