June 27, 2012
Texas Tech University’s Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research is sponsoring Camp Burkhart for middle school age children with autism in grades six through eight. The camp meets from 1-4 p.m. July 9-13 at various locations throughout the city.
This is the first year the center has offered a camp for middle school youth. The camp activities will take place at Ready-Set-Go, Adventures USA, the Science Spectrum, Main Event and the Texas Tech Leisure Pool.
“The purpose of sponsoring the camp is to provide a place for students on the autism spectrum to be able to attend a summer camp and experience the fun that all children get from going to camp,” said Janice Magness, camp director and director of the Burkhart Transition Academy. “The primary goal of Camp Burkhart is to emphasize the importance of teaching social skills and making friends. Camp Burkhart is well-staffed with teachers experienced in providing the special accommodations needed for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder.”
The week of June 18 the center hosted its second annual camp for first through fifth graders, with emphasis on social skills and physical fitness.
Funding for the camp was donated by Scott Malouf, a local businessman who owns Drest. This is the second year he has sponsored the camp.
Camp registration fee is $50 and is due by July 6. If a family has difficulty with the registration fee, please contact the center for additional information.
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CONTACT: Janice Magness, director, Burkhart Transition Academy, Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, (806) 742-1998 ext. 486, or firstname.lastname@example.org.