September 11, 2009
I am a pediatrician who has many special needs patients in my practice. Before my week as a volunteer on an Adam's Camp Mountain Therapy team of 4-8 y. kids w/autism spectrum disorder, I had no idea how much these kids could accomplish in 5 days of integrated therapy. First words, stronger steps, accomplishing life skills - It was truly amazing to see the progress. I learned SO much from therapists, parents and the kids- tips to help me in the office with interactions and exams, parent perspectives and HOPE to pass along to parents in my own practice. I became a member of the Adam's Camp Board after that first summer as a volunteer. Board work has been very rewarding but I still look forward to my summer weeks as a "hands on" volunteer at camp with a new team of kids. This past year it was kids with Down Syndrome - I had a blast! I would highly recommend the camp volunteer experience to any medical provider/provider-to-be seeking an uplifting, hands-on learning opportunity that will positively change the way you approach kids with special needs and their families.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
The growth it provides to the individual and the HOPE and SUPPORT it provides to families of special needs children.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Compassionate, hard-working, devoted, excited to work together as a team to meet the child's goals. These were some of the BEST therapists I've ever known.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Create and support other venues to expand or "seed" the program to provide services for an "Adam's Camp experience" in other parts of the country. There are SO MANY kids and families throughout the US who could thrive with an experience like Adam's Camp.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & As a camp volunteer I supportedand helped the efforts of the 5 team therapists as they provided treatment to 5 children with special needs.