2011 Pediatric PT and OT Services DIR Floortime Summer Camp: Day 1

Today was Joshua’s first day of the 2011 Pediatric PT and OT Services DIR Floortime Summer Camp!  I was a bit nervous over the weekend, as he had come down with a cold.  However, since he had no fever and was acting like normal this morning, away he went!  Joshua was excited to get out of his car seat when we pulled up to the school where the camp was being held, most likely due to seeing the play ground all the kids were playing on.  When I came around to get him out of his car seat, he began singing a song from the Veggie Tales show with Madame Blueberry about “A Thankful Heart”, singing the first verse to me:

I thank God for this day,
For the sun in the sky,
For my mom and my dad,
For my piece of apple pie!
For our home on the ground,
…For His love that’s all around,
That’s why I say thanks every day! 

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!
I’m glad for what I have,
That’s an easy way to start!
For the love that He shares,
‘Cause He listens to my prayers,
That’s why I say thanks every day!


I don’t know if Joshua realized the significance of that song but it sure hit me, especially when reflecting on the love that God has for our Joshua, made manifest  in such a real way by everyone who contributed both with prayers and finances, enabling it so Josh could attend this camp.

I took Joshua over to where all the Floortime Players were assembled, each eager to find their assigned child and we found Dylan, just in time, as Joshua was pulling on my hand and whining as he wanted to go play on the slide so bad!  While I went to put away Joshua’s snack, Dylan went to catch up with Joshua at the slide.  Dylan appeared to be a young adult in his late teens or early 20’s and was excited to also be participating in his first time at camp.

Joshua at Camp, Day 1 with Floortime Player, Dylan

The camp is structured to have the kids connected with one person, yet paired with another pair for accountability, so it’s a one to one ratio with support staff about to help and guide the Floortime players in interacting with their camper and encourage social connectedness with peers.  Josh will be with Dylan for 3 days or so and then will switch to someone else.  This encourages him to expand his social skills.  Here is a description of the camp based upon Rosemary White’s presentation at the Parent Meeting last week:

SUMMER CAMP 2011_Parent Orientation.pptx_2 slides

After saying goodbye to Joshua, who was entirely invested in going up and down the slide, waiting his turn when other kids were getting set to go, he allowed me to give him a kiss and said “Goodbye, Momma!”  I don’t know if it’s his autism, or what, but I was aware of the fact that this boy has no separation anxiety when he is wrapped up in doing something he enjoys.  On the way home, I reflected on the song Joshua sang to me when he was getting out of the car and I began crying, all the way home, tears of thankfulness for how the Lord provides  for this precious child of His.  Despite all his parents’ mistakes and faults, God is merciful and gives good gifts.

The older kids and I returned at 12 PM to pick up Joshua and heard how well he had done.  He and another camper, and their Floortime Player, spent some time throwing pine cones into a big puddle of water.  He was eating snack when we came up and seemed to have had a wonderful time with Dylan.  We were happy to see him so content and are eager to see what each day brings for him and his development.  What he did do when he got home after lunch, was to go and get some Maracas and played “Marching Band” with Michael.  I love hearing them interact like typical little boys.  They are now in the back yard, playing and acting like brothers do.  We are certainly making progress and are blessed beyond measure.

Joshua having snack at the end of his first day at Summer Camp, hanging out with Dylan, his Floortime Player


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4 Responses to “2011 Pediatric PT and OT Services DIR Floortime Summer Camp: Day 1”

  1. Mom Says:

    Love it.. I think of how far he has come..it is amazing and all the work you have done Sheila to get him to this point.

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks, Mom! We couldn’t have come as far without supportive friends and family who accept him for who he is, yet also help him to improve. We are all certainly learning as we go about this epidemic of autism. Love you!

  3. Sandy Jessen Says:

    My son did the camp three years in a row- the best thing we ever did! We miss the camp SOOOO much!

    sandy Jessen

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks for commenting, Sandy! How old is your son and how did he benefit from the camp? Do you live in the area? I’m amazed as to where a lot of campers come from! Met a mom from Alaska and heard of two children from Idaho. I’d love to hear your comments about the camp and what you and your son where able to take away from it with (ie. what did you learn, as a parent?). Blessings to you!


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