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Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP) Program Description

The 2017 Summer Therapeutic Activities Program offers five-week structured therapeutic programming focused on anxiety or autism.


This STAP is designed for children and adolescents ages 6-15 with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (HF-ASD) who may show specific needs for improving social skills and interactions or reducing repetitive or stereotyped patterns of behavior. A clinician will assess your child’s functioning level of Autism and social development skills so that appropriate placement may be made. It is preferred that referrals should have previous FBA completed to aid in the treatment planning process.

Designed for children and adolescents ages 6-15 who need a bridge between school years, our highly structured program provides the necessary skills to maintain emotional and behavioral progress. Our professional staff has a wide background in clinical social work, nursing and metal health counseling. Our staff to client ratio is 1 to 3.

All staff are trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). ABA-informed interventions are utilized throughout the program and curriculum. We are proud to offer STAP through WellSpan Philhaven’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD).


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.

Sample Schedule

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Community Meeting/Skillsstreaming
  • 9:00 - 10:00 Superflex: Superflexible Thinking vs. Rock Brain Thinking
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Theurapetic Activity: Sand Art/Relaxation
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Zones of Regulation
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 Social Behavior
  • 2:00 - 2:30 Wrap Up Group

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child receive transportation to and from STAP?

Transportation may be provided to and from the program. Parents may be asked to assist.

Will my child receive lunch?

Lunch is provided at all of Philhaven’s STAP sites for all clients.

STAP Contact

Call for admission criteria, summer dates and referral information. 1-888-324-0064 Children or youth attending STAP can be referred by their family, school, social service agency, mental health provider or clergy. They must have a Medical Assistance card. Please call us to inquire about registration. STAP usually runs from mid-June to the beginning of August. Please contact us for specific dates. Families are asked to commit to the full five weeks of programming.