“After attending the F.U.S.E. Summer Program, my daughter’s teachers noticed significant growth in her social skills.”
- A parent of a camper
“Lauren Weeks’ F.U.S.E. Summer Program was the single-most effective intervention that we have done for our six-year old son.”
- A parent of a camper
F.U.S.E. Summer Camp 2015 is our 5th annual summer program providing social enrichment for children ages 3 1/2 – 9 based in Lexington, Ma. The F.U.S.E. program provides intensive work on increasing children’s social engagement and problem solving with peers through high motivation, fun, child centered activities.
The F.U.S.E. program is directly run by Lauren Weeks, Psy.D. along with their trained staff, who will work directly with the children using strategies to help each child internalize flexibility, perspective taking, regulation and co-creation. The staff to student ratio is an area we hold at the highest priority to be able to promote social engagement during every moment of the day. We will have one head counselor and one assistant counselor for every eight children. There will also be revolving counselors to help whenever necessary given the activity and need.
The F.U.S.E. Camp is an integrated summer program for typical children and children who have social challenges and who will especially benefit from the very small group sizes. Children must be potty trained. Children may have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, ADHD, anxiety, or other issues that impact their social functioning/problem solving. Children who are able to engage in peer social interaction with some adult facilitation are most likely to benefit.
As is the philosophy of F.U.S.E., we have uniquely combined the philosophy and theories of Relationship Development Intervention by Steve Gustein and Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner. For your convenience, here are links to learn more about each program:
We feel each approach supports and builds on the other and used collectively provides the most comprehensive systematic approach to developing the WHOLE child and providing them with the necessary tools they need to feel and be successful at every stage in life. Each child will have evolving goals and objectives reflecting each area of development based on these three sets of criteria.
Dr. Steven Gutstein is the creator of the RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) program. The program is a parent-centered developmental approach to remediation of the core deficits seen in children with social challenges.
The goal of RDI is to build or strengthen dynamic intelligence Instead of relying on “static intelligence” (that is, the ability to know information or memorize facts).
Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them. And how we think about people affects how we behave toward them, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions.
Whether we are with friends, sending an email, in a classroom or at the grocery store, we take in the thoughts, emotions and intentions of those around us.
Most of us have developed our communication skills from birth onwards, steadily observing and acquiring social information and learning how to respond to the people around us. Because social thinking is an intuitive process, we usually take it for granted!
But for many individuals, this process does not come naturally. And this often has nothing to do with academic intelligence.
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, coined the term Social Thinking® and developed a related treatment approach for individuals with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s and similar challenges as she treated students in San Jose, CA. In fact, she received an award of Special Congressional Recognition for her on-going innovation of the Social Thinking curriculum and treatment approach.
The goal of the camp is to work on: targeted individualized social goals through the medium of fun interactive experiences and emotional challenges that impact social development for individual children. These goals (e.g. communication for collaboration, co-creation, perspective taking, increasing emotional regulation) will be embedded within activities.
Each day, each group will participate in a social pragmatics lesson in the beginning of the day, small and large group focused social collaboration activities and all come together for large group activities each day. Each week will have a theme related to children’s everyday experiences (e.g. sports; beach). All activities are designed to foster happy social engagement through which social skills teaching will be seamlessly integrated.
A sample schedule of a day
9:30-10:00 – All group morning greeting and social pragmatic lesson
10:15 -10:45 – Group scavenger hunt – Moving and working together as a group to find treasure
10:45-11:00 – Snack
11:00-11:30 – FUSE Sports outside game – Messy Backyard – Work together as a group to keep your group yard clean from Messy Nick!
11:30-12:15 – Collaborative Art Project – Create a group mascot
12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch
12:45-1:45 – Water Play – Group slip and slide obstacle course and free water play
1:45-2:00 – Goodbye Circle – Highlight memories from the day
2:00-2:30 – All group closing and yoga
The cost per F.U.S.E. Summer Camp session is $2100 per session (three week session). We recommend that children attend BOTH sessions to gain the msot from the experience. You will receive an invoice after each session that can be submitted to your insurance for any reimbursement your specific insurance company may provide. We are happy to work with you prior to camp starting to fill out paperwork and make any calls that are necessary for your insurance. We do not accept insurance as payment but will assist in your reimbursement efforts.
Sessions run each week MONDAY – THURSDAY 9:30 – 2:30 (No camp on Fridays!)
F.U.S.E. Session 1 : June 29 – July 16
F.U.S.E. Session 2: July 20 – August 6
Many children attend both session as each week is a different theme comprising six themes – one for each week. Each week the group builds cohesiveness and becomes more connected resulting in strong bonds as the weeks progress.