UM DeWit RiteCare Clinic Announces 2015 Summer Camps

April 14, 2015

MISSOULA – The DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at the University of Montana will host its annual Youth Engagement Through Intervention Social Skills summer camps June 15-19 and 22-26, as well as Camp CHRONICLE June 19-July 3.

YETI Social Skills Camps are designed for school-age children grades 2-7 who have social-skill challenges secondary to a diagnosis of autism or related disorders. YETI provides social-skills intervention in a fun and safe environment with a one-to-one ratio of adults to children. Evidence-based practices are employed throughout the camp experience.

The schedule for YETI Social Skills Camps follows:

  • YETI Explorers Camp: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 15-19, UM DeWit Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, Curry Health Center. Sack lunch required.
  • YETI Arts Camp: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 22-26, UM DeWit Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, Curry Health Center. Sack lunch required.

YETI Social Skills camps cost $265 per camp, or insurance may be billed (prescription required). Interested parties should email jennifer.closson@mso.umt.edu. To secure a spot, a nonrefundable $25 fee is required for one camp and a $40 fee for both camps. Call 406-243-2405 to request a registration packet.

Camp CHRONICLE (Creating High-quality Renderings & Original Narratives in a Language-rich Environment) is designed for children ages 9-11 who experience difficulties with reading or writing such as dyslexia, reading comprehension deficits, difficulty with spelling or grammar, or struggle with planning, organizing and prioritizing tasks when completing a project.

Each camper will receive a complete language-literacy evaluation to determine his or her areas of specific need. Campers will learn strategies to improve their literacy skills while creating an original comic with help from a professional comic book illustrator. Since the adult-to-camper ratio is one-to-one, campers will benefit from both group and individual instruction.

Camp CHRONICLE will run for two weeks from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 19-July 3. Campers are required to bring a sack lunch.

The total cost of Camp CHRONICLE is $1,306. However, most insurance plans cover about $1,056, leaving an out-of-pocket payment of $250 for the two-week camp. Need-based scholarships also are available. To secure a spot, a nonrefundable $25 fee that will be applied to the cost of the camp is required when the application is submitted. Call 406-243-2626 to request a registration packet.

Contact: Jennifer Closson, director of pediatric services, UM DeWit RiteCare Clinic, 406-243-5261, jennifer.closson@mso.umt.edu.