Oakland University Center for Autism

425C Pawley Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
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(248) 370-2424
oucares@oakland.edu

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Programs and Camps

Recreational
Programs

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders.  Learn more about OU's youth protection efforts.

Ages 4-5

BASIC SOCIAL SKILLS
All sessions will be held virtually via Google Meet. This program is designed to teach social skills in a purposeful, small group setting. Activities will include skill-based lessons, interactive practice of new skills, role playing, behavior modeling & positive social interactions with peers. Individuals must have conversational language skills and be able to verbally communicate effectively. Participants must have a parent or guardian present at each session to provide needed support with technology and focus.

Wednesdays, January 20 - March 10
Ages: 4-8   Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Ages: 9-12  Time: 6:15 - 7:15pm
Location: Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost: $130   Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet


Ages 6-12

BASIC SOCIAL SKILLS
All sessions will be held virtually via Google Meet. This program is designed to teach social skills in a purposeful, small group setting. Activities will include skill-based lessons, interactive practice of new skills, role playing, behavior modeling & positive social interactions with peers. Individuals must have conversational language skills and be able to verbally communicate effectively. Participants must have a parent or guardian present at each session to provide needed support with technology and focus.

Wednesdays, January 20 - March 10
Ages: 4-8   Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Ages: 9-12  Time: 6:15 - 7:15pm
Location: Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost: $130  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet

YOGA
All meetings will be virtual via Google Meet and are taught by a certified yoga instructor. This fun movement program utilizes breathing exercises, yoga poses & movement activities to benefit the individual with ASD.  The gross motor movements practiced are designed to positively impact fitness, self-regulation and motor performance in a relaxing environment.  Grab your yoga mat and join the Google Meet for a relaxing class.  Participants will benefit from having an adult on site with them to guide their focus and physical activity during the class

Tuesdays, January 19 - March 16 (No session February 23rd)
Ages: 8+ Years
Time: 6:00 - 6:45pm
Location:  Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost: $100  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet

TEEN SOCIAL CLUB
This program offers an opportunity for pre-teens & teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about different teen topics each week.  The instructor will use a variety of techniques to encourage & demonstrate positive social interaction through games, conversation, shared interests and activities. as well as the formation of SMART goals.  This program is for participants with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s with conversational language skills.  Participants may require a parent or guardian present at each session to provide support with technology.

Tuesdays  January 19--March 16 (No session February 23rd)
Ages:  11-14 yrs.
Time:  5:30-6:30pm
Location: Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost:  $130   Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet


Teens and Adults

YOGA
All meetings will be virtual via Google Meet and are taught by a certified yoga instructor.  This fun movement program utilizes breathing exercises, yoga poses & movement activities to benefit the individual with ASD.  The gross motor movements practiced are designed to positively impact fitness, self-regulation and motor performance in a relaxing environment.  Grab your yoga mat and join the Google Meet for a relaxing class.  Participants will benefit from having an adult on site with them to guide their focus and physical activity during the class. 

Tuesdays, January 19 - March 16 (No session February 23rd)
Ages: 8+ Years
Time: 6:00 - 6:45pm
Location:  Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost: $100  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet

TEEN SOCIAL CLUB
This program offers an opportunity for pre-teens & teens to meet new people and socialize while learning about different teen topics each week.  The instructor will use a variety of techniques to encourage & demonstrate positive social interaction through games, conversation, shared interests and activities, as well as instructing participants in the formation of SMART goals.  This program is for participants with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s with conversational language skills.  Participants may require a parent or guardian present at each session to provide support with technology.

Tuesdays  January 19--March 16 (No session February 23rd)
Ages:  11-14 yrs.
Time:  5:30-6:30pm
Location:  Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost:  $130  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet

Tuesdays  January 19--March 16 (No session February 23rd)
Ages:  15-18 yrs.
Time:  7:00-8:30pm
Location:  Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost:  $130  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet


UNIQUELY ME: WOMEN ON THE SPECTRUM CONNECT
All classes will be virtual via Google Meet.  The instructor will lead discussions on relevant women's topics including finding & keeping relationships, employment challenges, daily sensory issues, independence, and embracing life on the spectrum. This program is for adult women with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism with conversational language skills.  Classes will be held virtually using Google Meet.

Wednesdays, January 20-March 17
Ages:  18+ yrs.
Time:  6:00-7:00 pm
Location:  Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost:  $80   Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet


SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
All classes will be virtual via Google Meet.  Participants will learn tips and tricks for taking digital photos using a smartphone.  Participants will use photographs taken in their homes and communities as tools to learn basic concepts of photography.  Social components of the course will include how to interact with the community while taking photos, as well as how to offer constructive feedback to fellow participants.

Instructed by professional photographers. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS who are able to follow multi-step directions with minimal prompts.  Participants must have access to a smartphone for the duration of the program. 

Mondays, January 25 - March 22 (No session February 22nd)
Ages:  13+ yrs.
Time:  5:30-6:30 pm
Location:  Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost:  $100  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet

MOVIE CLUB
This program offers participants the opportunity to watch a common movie at their leisure each week, and come together virtually to discuss it.  Each week the instructor will design activities around a theme of the week's movie while moderating a discussion of the movie encouraging social connections between participants.  So grab your snack and join the Google Meet for some movie talk!  This program is for participants with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's with conversational language skills.  Participants may require a parent or guardian present at each session to provide support with technology.

Thursdays, January 21-March 18 (No session February 25th)
Ages 14 and up
Time:  6:30-7:30pm
Location:  Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost:  $130  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet


SOCIAL CONNECTIONS FOR ADULTS
All classes will be virtual via Google Meet.  This program offers Adults with High-Functioning ASD or Asperger's an opportunity to meet new people and socialize while learning about relevant topics each week.  The instructor will address important issues such as:  making and maintaining relationships, workplace etiquette, social media and internet safety, community interactions and so much more.

Thursdays, January 21-March 18 (No class on February 25th)
Ages:  18+ Years
Time 6:00-7:00pm
Location:  Virtual, via Google Meet
Cost $130  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore
Limited Scholarships Available
Printable Scholarship Packet

Camps
The Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES) offers a variety of summer day camps for individuals on the autism spectrum ages 3 years old through Adult. Printable camp brochure.

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders.  Learn more about OU's youth protection efforts.

Pee Wee Camp - Children 3-6 years old
PEE WEE CAMP CANCELED SUMMER 2020

The Pee Wee Summer Day Camp is for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 3 - 6 years old. Our Pee Wee Camp activities will be focusing on maintaining known skills and acquiring new skills to improve quality of life. All activities are structured and are planned around a theme. Language Arts, Sensory Fun, Water Fun, Sports & Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Social Skills, Music, Fine Motor Fun and so much more!



Summer Day Camp - Children 7-12 years old
SUMMER DAY CAMP CANCELED SUMMER 2020

Each week will be filled with loads of fun including indoor swimming, arts and crafts, sensory time, social skills, field trips, sports and fitness, nature walks and much more! Camp activities will be recreational with an academic component. All activities are highly structured and are planned around a weekly theme.




Life Skills Camps - Teens (11-14 and 15-18 years) and Adults (16 years and up)

TEEN AND ADULT LIFE SKILLS CAMP CANCELED SUMMER 2020. 

Each session will be full of fun activities focused on learning life skills including:

  • Practical Living Skills: Clothing care, menu planning, nutrition
  • Interpersonal Skills: Initiative/dependability, anger management, conflict resolution, self-esteem, social skills, and self-confidence
  • Personal Management Skills: Money management, time management, personal health care

Daily Activities will include:

  • Personal health care: exercise, personal hygiene and clothing care
  • Team-building activities:conflict resolution skills, managing anger issues
Employable
Skills Programs
OUCARES is following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oakland University public health safety experts as we move forward to plan future programming.  At this time, OUCARES is still planning to run the Pre-Employment Skills Training program as scheduled.  We will update this website if there are any changes.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING  - For Adults with ASD 
An intensive pre-employment skills training program with strong focus on:
  • "Soft" interpersonal skills (communication, social awareness, networking, team work, accepting criticism, collaboration)
  • Understanding employment (career options, resumes, applications, maintaining a job)
  • Independent living skills (hygiene, money management, community understanding, goal setting)

SPRING 2021 is a completely VIRTUAL program. Participants will have face-to-face interactions  with instructors and their peers while learning employment readiness skills.


Dates: Monday, March 15, 2021 - Friday, May 28, 2021  (Spring break 3/29-4/2/21 and 5/24/21)
Hours: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Age:  Adult
Location:  Virtual
Cost:  $2000 Limited Scholarships Available
OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Training Application
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Registration

Winter 2021 Program Information

PROGRAMS FILL UP QUICKLY SO REGISTER SOON!

To register complete the online program registration and payment.

Online registration is available at oakland.edu/oucaresstore

Limited Scholarships are available for some programs. 
Printable  Winter 2021 Scholarship Packet

Complete the Participant Information Form only if you are a New Participant or registering for Social Skills.


Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders.  Learn more about OU's youth protection efforts.

Parent
Programs

Interactive Sensory Integration Workshop
For Parents and Caregivers of Children ages 4-8 years.
Led by Kamilla D'Valentine, a licensed Occupational Therapist with multiple years of pediatric experience, this virtual workshop will help you understand the science behind the sensory system and related terminology (i.e. sensory diet), and also learn how sensory integration can help your child.  Identify common behaviors observed from a dysregulated sensory system.  Learn how to help your child with self-regulation and co-regulation techniques.  Develop ways to implement sensory strategies in your own home. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location:  Virtual
Cost: $25  Register online at oakland.edu.oucaresstore