Summer 2017 Week of Adventure!

Canyon Kids Summer Adventure Camp 

Summer 2017 Week of Adventure July 10th - July 14th!

Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Hiking, Ropes Course, Rafting and more! Christine will be working with Dave Ritter, outdoor guide and educator again this year. Dave has created another amazing adventure program at beautiful Bretton Woods ( this season and we are excited that they will host Canyon Kids's Summer Adventure Camp this year!

Please contact Christine for more information at or call 301 523 0902. We are always looking for volunteers for camp!


Oscar Nominated film and book Life, Animated is about the life of Owen Suskind. Owen was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He lost speech and it seemed his ability to connect to others until his family started to use the very thing that he loved: Disney Animated Film. This is a beautiful story of using a child's affinity to bring us all together. Christine Sproat had the priviledge to work as Owen's OT from the time he was 5 years old starting at a Sensory Integration Camp. Owen is now in his twenties, graduated from an adaptive college program and is living on his own in a supervised communilty with his dog Guss.

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Programs Used at Canyon Kids


Social Thinking

Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them. And how we think about people affects how we behave, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions. More than 15 years ago, Michelle Garcia Winner coined the term Social Thinking® and developed the related treatment approach for individuals with high-functioning autism, Asperger's and similar challenges as she treated students in San Jose, CA. (This excerpt from This program is widely used in our treatment daily. We extensively use Social Thinking books and activities such as Listening Larry, The Group Plan and Expected/Unexpected Behavior to help teach the principles of Social Thinking to our clients. 

The Alert Program

The Alert Program assists students in understanding the theory of sensory integration related to arousal levels in a more child-friendly language. By using automobile engine terminology, the Alert Program provides a fun way for students to understand the different levels of arousal states and self-regulation. This program provides a way for educators and therapists to assist their students in learning about themselves and understand various strategies to monitor arousal states. Understanding these strategies will help the child to better prepare themselves for a state of readiness to work, play, listen, and attend to tasks and activities of daily life.

The Listening Program

The Listening Program is a Music-Based Auditory Stimulation method that enables individuals (both children and adults) to train the auditory system to accurately process sound. When auditory perception is misrepresented, individuals can often have difficulty with academics, understanding/interpreting emotions, cognition, social situations, speech and communication, attention, self-regulation, balance and coordination, and sensory integration.

Floor Time

The Floortime model is a way to follow the child’s natural emotional interests while challenging the child towards meeting their social, emotional, and cognitive goals.  The Floortime technique is used by an interdisciplinary team of caregivers, educators, and therapists to get down on the floor and interact with the child. This method of interaction carries over to daily conversations, social interactions, and interactions in a variety of settings.

The Affect Based Learning Curriculum (ABLC)

The Affect Based Language Curriculum is a program that provides families, teachers, and therapists with various techniques using evidence-based practice and traditional knowledge of the development of communcation and language. This curriculum utizilzes affect (facial expression, tone of voice, mood, etc.) and engagement with pleasurable reciprocal interactions as the foundation for the development of imitation, pragmatics, and receptive and expressive language. 


Handwriting Without Tears

The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is a program that is clinically proven to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for children to learn how to write legibly and appropriately. This program follows research that states that children learn more effectively by actively doing and by using their different senses to learn. By playing, singing, and building letters, this program uses child-friendly language to teach children the skills they need to print words, sentences, and paragraphs.