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August 21, 2009

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August 21, 2009

Adam's Camp provides magic for disabled children and their families. For one week, these kiddos have the chance to experience camp like their peers, but also benefit from the extensive and diverse skills of the staff members.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 13, 2009

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August 13, 2009

I am a professional in the field of speech language pathology , and have worked in four states as an SLP...Texas, Florida, Colorado, and Arizona. Adam's Camp is an ideal setting for children with developmental disabilites as it is truly a transdisciplinary team model that works on children's strengths to achieve their goals. Families leave with a myriad of functional tips and suggestions to provide their own team of therapists with. It is truly a remarkable experience for all involved!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure the therapists are trained in other matters that may be pertinent to the children they are dealing with...such as g-tube feedings and transfers of children from wheelchairs to floor and vice versa, prior to camp beginning.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experience to collaborate directly with the other disciplines to work on functional achievable goals for a child in one wonderfully taxing week!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, although the therapists did get extremely fatigued during the week.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire therapists to do the therapy and a qualified team of personnnel dealing with sports and the disabled to lead the children in some of the activities..including the use of adaptive equipment if needed.

Ways to make it better...

I had more experience with g-tube feeds and transfers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

To keep qualified personnel from being over-worked during the week...also probably hiring the "best fit" therapist for a particular team. I also think that there needs to be a team of people trained to be with the children in some of the activities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is important to really train the therapists on any medical or technological issues (adaptive equipment etc) prior to camp beginning, if they do not have the training.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 12, 2009

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August 12, 2009

Adam's Camp is a wonderful spot for families to come together and learn how to have fun with their child that has disabilities. I worked as a speech therapist to improve communication skills as children are doing things they love - swimming, horse-back riding, hiking, etc. I worked at Snow Mountain Ranch and had such a positive experience. The collaboration between therapists, volunteers, and families cannot be duplicated. Parents and siblings went home with a better appreciation of the disability and the potential each child has. The networking between families was also fantastic!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the role of a speech therapist working with families, volunteers, and other therapists at Snow Mountain Ranch in Frasier, Colorado.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do so much for so many families in need. Provide therapy in a setting that is not only beautiful, but serves as a respite for the stresses of life with a handicapped child. It also provides so much insight to parents and siblings of disabled children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 12, 2009

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August 12, 2009

I really believe in the Adam's Camp mission to help kids with disabilities and their families. However, from the perspective of a therapist working at the Mountain Therapy Camp, I was disappointed in my experience. I wasn't told many things about what to expect at camp. I didn't bring some things that I needed, and wasn't mentally prepared for the fact that I would be changing kids diapers, helping them change clothes and swimming with them. I thought I would just be doing the actual therapy. One of the kids in my group had significant needs (i.e. feeding tube etc) and it was a very complicated process. I had no prior experience with this and was given absolutely no training, but was expected to feed this child during lunch time when it was my turn. Scary and unsafe. Since the therapists are contractors to work at camp for the week, I felt very vulnerable, like I could lose my license if anything went wrong. Many of the things I was asked to do were outside my scope of practice, and I wasn't given any training for them. The fun and warm fuzzies from serving the kids was outweighed by my exhaustion at working 17 hour days for 1 week, and my worry and concern for the seriousness of the situations I had to deal with.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

- Give therapists a schedule for the week. - Give therapists a list of items to bring to camp.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful staff, therapists and families that we met.

Ways to make it better...

- I would have been given more information about what to expect. - I would have been given the proper training to deal with the situations I faced.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

May 28, 2008

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May 28, 2008

Adam's Camp is a wonderful organization on many levels. Working at Camp is the highlight of my summer - every year. The quality of the staff and the opportunity to really impact others' lives is awesome. I feel the most significant contribution Adam's Camp makes is to the families and therapists who support the children and their development. The longer I am part of Adam's Camp, the deeper my appreciation of the impact Camp has on the lives of the families. I wish there were more quality opportunities for families in this population. I also appreciate the professional development that occurs throught the collaboration of therapists; I know I return from Camp with many new ideas that I incorporate into my regular practice.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the development of the Leadership program. I am so inspired after every session. The growth and devleopment of each Camper through their week is tremendous. And the reports we hear after Camp demonstrate that the learning does go home and continues to improve the quality of the Camper's life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The collaborative approach. Using professionals from a variety of disciplines - respecting all viewpoints - only benefits the client families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful.. All truly dedicated to bringing the best to Camp.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Sow the seeds of Adam's Camp throughout the nation (and world!)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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