At Beyond Akeela, we focus on providing organic opportunities to work on skills pre-college teens with Asperger’s or similar a ASD (autism) profile, NLD, and ADHD/ADD need support with for their transition to college. Many high school students ask us how we develop social skills, executive functioning, self-advocacy, and life skills without using a classroom. At Beyond Akeela, our college readiness program focuses on learning through practice. Here’s what you’ll experience while you’re with Beyond Akeela:
- First and foremost, we take YOUR lead on this. We DO NOT use a social skills curriculum that everyone follows. We’re going to work with you on what YOU want and need support with.
- Beyond Akeela’s social skills program staff provide social structure and support during our camp activities and travel experiences throughout the session. They are always around and are focused on getting to know you while giving you space to meet new friends.
- Most Beyond Akeela teens love free time, so we make sure to give you some each day. There are plenty of things to do in the dorm or around campus with your friends.
- Staff share tools and life skills strategies with you to help you stay organized and give you the space to practice them on your own.
- You’ll manage when your routines and daily prep independently with guidance and support from staff, as needed.
- You’ll get a schedule at the start of camp which you can refer to throughout the session.
- We want you to get out of Beyond Akeela what YOU want to get out of it. We encourage you to talk to the staff about your college readiness goals or any ideas you have to make the transition program better for you!
- You’ll have opportunities to pick and choose your activities in many cases, including community service and day trip options.
- Staff will challenge you to solve problems independently while providing you support and guidance along the way
Health & Wellness
- Every other day there will be an opportunity for you to use the health and wellness center at Lawrence. It’s a great opportunity to develop a healthy exercise routine for yourself.
- We’ll talk about all the mental and physical benefits of maintaining a good exercise routine.
- You’ll participate in group conversations about healthy eating habits and nutrition as a group, and help you reinforce those habits as you create your cooking group menus.
- You’ll be responsible for managing your laundry at camp after some guidance on the machines from the staff. It will feel like you’re doing your laundry at college.
- Each camper is in a cooking group with about 5 other campers. You’ll share the responsibility of preparing two meals with your group, which includes setting a menu and grocery shopping.
- We’ll help you set a budget for your spending money while you’re at camp so you can practice money management skills.