September 20-22, 2019
Laughter, joy, and music is what you would have heard on the mountaintop during the Autism Family Retreat, hosted by the Autism Initiative, at Jumonville Camp and Conference Center. Families united together again this year under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Edward P. Saxman for a respite weekend in a supportive, family focused, faith-based, community.
The Autism Initiative, through the Autism Family Retreat and Creative Arts Camp Autism, promotes an inclusive environment for all children, teens, and young adults. Worship experiences were designed to be interactive and engaging so that all children and families can comfortably come to the feet of Jesus, no matter what life may throw at them.
Dozen’s of children, teens, and young adults ranging from age three to age 24, were split into groups that moved through various activities around Jumonville’s campus including play time and craft time. Children were immediately drawn to the musical instruments laid out for their use in the sensory room that housed multiple sensory sensitive educational tools that the children could play with. The hit of the weekend was the inflatable ‘Bouncy House’ – some children bounced and some children laid down in the center absorbing the after-affects of others bouncing around them; all children had fun.
While the children were playing and making crafts, parents had the morning to relax, sleep, read, or attend educational breakout sessions led by leaders in Autism research and awareness.
Parents may have had more fun than the kids staying up late into the evenings talking, laughing, and building relationships while the kids rested up for another exciting adventure.
With a Registered Nurse, Speech Therapist, Psychologists, Special Education Teacher, Pastors and an expert in the field of Autism on staff for the weekend, parents and children had a great deal of support throughout the weekend.
Download a copy of the Autism Family Retreat 2019 Brochure
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