Piece Together is our one-of-a-kind family camp program for families with members on the autism spectrum. As we've listened to people talk about what matters most to them we've learned that it's family. Having a child with autism doesn’t change that, but it can make family time challenging and connection hard to come by. Children with autism and their families need a unique type of situation to feel physically and emotionally safe to connect, rejuvenate, and play together.
Piece Together gives families the opportunity to come together to play, relax, and enjoy each other all while being taken care of in a supportive, understanding environment. Fellow families understand your experience, because it's their experience, too. Camp staff are friendly, understanding, and highly trained to respond to the needs of your children and family. Activities are designed to be sensitive to the unique needs of spectrum families!
It's Piece Together week at Imago Dei Village this week and we wanted to share a few snapshots. As you can see, campers and staff are having a great time!
If you're interested in learning more about this program visit our Piece Together webpage or email Jess Throlson, Camp Director at Imago Dei Village.
Hello campers, Gloria here.
My son and I recently experienced our first week of family camp at Imago Dei Village. We would have brought my husband with us, but vacation time from work for him just wasn't in the cards. So it was just the two of us. On our own. For one week. Away from home.
Did I mention my son is 19 months old? And that I was on my own with him for the whole week? Away from home? And that he is 19 months old? (19 months old!)
I emphasize all of those points because going into our week of family camp I wasn't sure what to expect. I was really nervous. The whole idea of taking my toddler on a vacation on my own was daunting. My husband and I traveled with our son to Lake Tahoe (California) to visit family back in May - even with a 5:1 adult:toddler ratio the whole experience was exhausting. We returned home feeling that maybe we'd be enjoying "staycations" for the time being.
But family camp was on the calendar. We had registered. We were going. And so... with a full car, jogging stroller, booster seat, life jackets, books, bottles, and more, we headed off to camp.