Tyler is a very sweet, silly, loving 11 year old. At 2 years old Tyler was diagnosed with severe autism and is 100% nonverbal. During the school year Tyler enjoys school and works hard. But in the summer he struggles because there is very little that he can do. He is too severely affected to successfully fit into most summer activities. He has been on the waiting list to receive services for 6 years. Last year however, he was fortunate to receive a one-time respite funding through the state of Utah for individuals on the wait list to attend a specialized day camp during the summer. Volunteers at this camp have experience and training in helping children and teens with limitations similar to Tyler’s. It was the best summer of his life. For the first time, he had friends. He was able to participate in activities that he’s never been successful at before. He was able to stay active. It was the happiest summer he’s ever had. This year, due to lack of financing, he is facing another lonely and difficult summer. Returning to summer camp would be a great blessing and joy for him and provide meaningful social, emotional, and recreational activities.
Here is a link to the program. http://turncommunityservices.org/summer-adventures-in-salt-lake/