Camp helps children soar


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Dr. Mike Ronsisvalle is the lead psychologist for Camp Soar.

photo by Linda Wiggins

Mandy Finley abhors labels, especially when it comes to children. But without them, it’s difficult to let parents know about an exciting summer experience that may help their children.

Camp Soar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday July 20 through 24 at Calvary Chapel Melbourne at Viera Campus.

“Camp Soar is a unique program for kids and teens with ADHD, LD and high functioning Asperger’s syndrome and autism,” said Finley, director of the camp offered by Florida Counseling Center in Viera.

“It’s directed by clinical psychologists and therapists who are highly qualified to teach children in a fun, engaging, instructive and interactive way.”

Finley calls the activities “ninja therapy,” because the children are never aware they are taking part in therapy.

“If they think it is therapy, they may shut down, but they’re happily doing role play like actors on a stage, playing games, enjoying new experiences with peers, all the while learning to communicate their thoughts, feelings, reactions in appropriate ways with our professional guidance and support.”

Camp Soar participants develop: problem solving skills using their own individual creativity; effective communication strategies; increased self-awareness; social skills; behavioral and emotional regulation; the ability to make healthy choices; the ability to cooperate and demonstrate sportsmanship; and appropriate attitudes and behavior.

“The result is improved self-esteem and self-confidence,” Finley said.

Cost for Camp Soar is $199 per child with discounts for siblings. For more information, call 321-259-1662, ext. 111.