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Recreation & Leisure Programming for People with Autism


September 26-28, 2017


This 3-day course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the unique learning style of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a foundation for supporting these individuals in recreational and leisure settings.  The content of this course is based on the use of the UNC-CH TEACCH Autism Program’s principles of structured teaching.  Strategies for teaching communication, independence, relaxation and social/leisure skills will be emphasized.

The course includes PowerPoint presentations, hands-on experiences with children and adults with ASD, and small group discussions.    schedule


The Tuesday - Thursday course is being hosted by the historic Christmount Retreat, Camp, and Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC.  Participants and “campers” will participate in structured hikes, adapted indoor and outdoor activities, and “music and motion” in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the unique learning style of individuals with autism.

  • Participants will develop visual supports to help campers navigate activities throughout the day.

  • Participants will develop visually structured leisure and recreational activities for campers.

Target Audience

  • Camp directors

  • After-school providers

  • Recreational therapists

  • Teachers

  • Occupational therapists

  • Youth ministers

  • Parents

  • Others who support people with ASD

Jon Blalock, CTRS

Director, Camp Lakey Gap

TEACCH Certified Advanced Consultant


Anne McGuire, MA

Community Outreach, Camp Lakey Gap

TEACCH Certified Advanced Consultant

Rates with lodging include Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in an on-site motel room with two queen beds, breakfast and lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


Single occupancy: $525

Double occupancy: $360

Commuters: $195 (includes lunch Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Partial scholarships may be available upon request.

Call (828) 669-8977 or fill out the form below.

Registration deadline: September 1, 2017

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