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U of MS offers "Summer Social Skills camp" for children with communication issues; most have ASD

July 29, 2018, Oxford (MS) Daily Journal: UM HILL School offers sensory camp for special needs students http://www.djournal.com/news/um-hill-school-offers-sensory-camp-for-special-needs-students/article_d5091a20-eca3-5650-8cec-aa4651832b3c.html Willie Price Lab School at the University of Mississippi hosted the first Summer Social Skills (S3) Camp organized and overseen by the HILL School for communications disorders. The HILL School is a graduate school at the University of Mississippi that focuses on helping children who fall into the spectrum of communication disorders. The school is under the direction of Amy Livingston and Gina Keene. They oversee graduate students in the communication sciences program to work with children who have communication issues, most of whom are on the autism spectrum. The S3 camp is something Livingston and Keene have been hoping to do for years. They’ve been looking for opportunities to reach more children in the community. When they finally got the chance to do just that, they jumped at it…. Over the six weeks of the camp, children with disabilities were paired with neurotypical children. They maintained a one-on-one ratio of 8 kids with disabilities and 8 kids who were neurotypical during each session of the camp, totaling 32 children served, plus the occasional extra helper…. Over the six weeks the camp operated, 16 children with special needs were served and slightly more neurotypical children were able to attend the camp as helpers. Each day, they had a few guided lessons or situations, but for the most part, it was kids being themselves. …