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Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP) Activities

The 2019 Summer Therapeutic Activities Program offers a five-week structured therapeutic programming focused on autism.

Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP)
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-2:30pm

Autism Spectrum Disorder STAP

Ages 6-15 Years of Age

The Autism Spectrum Summer Therapeutic Activities Program offers structured and therapeutic programming targeting the following areas:

  • Display improved coping skills by showing reduction in behaviors related to rigidity or restrictiveness from baseline, Skillstreaming checklist, and parent ATEC reporting.
  • Example problematic behaviors to reduce: yelling, temper tantrums, out of seat, refusing directions, arguing with directions, or low intensity aggression.
  • Example behaviors to increase: Following directions, expressing feelings appropriately, using self-calming strategies, and/or asking for help.
  • Show improvements in social development as evidenced by increase in positive interactions with others from initial baseline, Skillstreaming checklist, and parent ATEC reporting.
  • Example problematic behaviors to reduce: arguing with peers, lying, interrupting, isolating.
  • Example behaviors to increase: accepting “no.” cooperating in a group, following rules, and or getting attention appropriately.
  • Parent education is an important component of the program. Parents are expected to attend a one hour weekly parent education session during which they are taught how to implement behavioral interventions with their children in the home setting.  This parent education session will be facilitated by the Mental Health Professional during the STAP lunch hour.  The client will not be present during this session.  If parents are unable to attend these meetings, handouts and materials covered will be sent home and a Mental Health Professional will give follow-up call to caregivers.