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
Recreational programs at OUCARES are provided for individuals with ASD ages 4 through adulthood. Click on the age group below for details on programs offered for that specific age group.
Please note that parents/caregivers must remain on the premises while any participant (under age 18) is involved in an OUCARES program.

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
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Ages 6-12

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Teens and Adults
BOWLING LEAGUES
OUCARES Oakland "Strikers" and Macomb "Pin Crushers" Bowling Leagues provide fantastic opportunities for individuals with ASD to bowl in supportive and controlled environments.  Social participation is encouraged to help participants develop friendships in a community setting.  Price include 2 games/ week, bowling ball & shoes and a pizza party. 

Oakland County - Strikers League at Classic Lanes
Saturdays, July 13 - September 14 (No August 31)
Ages: 16+ yrs
Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Classic Lanes - 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester Hills, MI
Cost: $60/person    

Macomb County - Pin Crushers League at 5 Star Lanes  
Thursdays, June 20 - August 22 (No July 4)
Ages: 16+ yrs
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: 5 Star Lanes - 2666 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights
Cost: $60/person   
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.  Click here for a printable 2019 Summer 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
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!

Camp Assessments: All pee wee campers will be assessed prior to camp.  Once your completed Application Packet is received, we will contact you to schedule an assessment.  

A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment.  This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee.   Receipt of Application Packet does not guarantee admittance.  Admission decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2019 Four 2 Week Sessions Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Session 1: June 17 - June 28
Session 2: July 1 - July 12 (No Camp July 4 & 5)
Session 3: July 15 - July 26
Session 4: July 29 - Aug. 9

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$650 for each two week session.   *Session 2 cost is $550 due to the holiday closure.

Pee Wee Application Packet: You may fax completed application packets to (248-370-4242) or email oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available. Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.  


Summer Day Camp - Children 7-12 years old
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.

Camp Assessments : All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp. Once your completed Application Packet is received, we will contact you to schedule an assessment.  

A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment.  This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee.   Receipt of Application Packet does not guarantee admittance.  Admission decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2019 Four 2 Week Sessions Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Session 1: June 17 - June 28
Session 2: July 1 - July 12 (No Camp July 4 & 5)
Session 3: July 15 - July 26
Session 4: July 29 - Aug. 9

Pawley Hall, Oakland University
$650 for each two week session.   *Session 2 cost is $550 due to the holiday closure.

Summer Day Camp Application Packet: You may fax completed application packets to (248-370-4242) or email oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available.   Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.


Life Skills Camps - Teens (11-14 yrs, 15-18 yrs) and Adults (16 yrs & Up)

Teen Life Skills Camp & Adult Life Skills Camp is for individuals with High Functioning Autism, Aspergers or PDD/NOS.  

Teen Life Skills (2 Groups: 11-14 yrs, 15-18 yrs)
is located at Avondale Middle School in Rochester.
Adult Life Skills (16 yrs and Up) is located at Oakland University in Rochester.

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

  • Practical Living Skills: Clothing care, menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking
  • 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:

  • Campers plan and prepare lunch
  • Personal health care: exercise, personal hygiene and clothing care
  • Team-building activities: include starting a microbusiness to build employable skills learning about conflict resolution skills, managing anger issues
  • Field trips within the community to practice new life skills learned at camp
Camp Assessments : All new campers who have not attended our day camp program must be assessed prior to camp.  Once your completed Teen Application Packet or Adult Application Packet is received, we will contact you to schedule an assessment.  

A $50 non-refundable assessment fee for new campers must be paid prior to the day of your child's appointment.  This is a one time fee and is in addition to the camp fee.   Receipt of Application Packet does not guarantee admittance.  Admission decisions will only be made once we receive your completed packet of forms.

2019 Teen Life Skills Camp
Life Skills Camp is for individuals with High Functioning Autism, Aspergers or PDD/NOS.  
Ages 15-18 yrs: Two Sessions Monday- Friday 9am-3pm
Session 1: June 17 - June 28 

Session 2: July 1 - July 12 (No Camp July 4 & 5)

Ages 11-14 yrs: Two Sessions Monday- Friday 9am-3pm
Session 3: July 15 - July 26 (11-14 yrs)
Session 4: July 29 - Aug. 9 (11-14 yrs)

$650 for each two week session.   *Session 2 cost is $550 due to the holiday closure.
Avondale Middle School: 1445 W. Auburn Rd. Rochester Hills

Teen Life Skills Camp Application Packet: You may fax completed application packets to (248-370-4242) or email oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available.   Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.

2019 Adult Life Skills Camp
Life Skills Camp is for individuals with High Functioning Autism, Aspergers or PDD/NOS.  
Monday- Friday 9am-3pm (16 yrs and up)
July 15 - July 26 

$650 for two week session.  
Oakland University

Adult Life Skills Camp Application Packet: You may fax completed application packets to (248-370-4242) or email oucares@oakland.edu.  Limited scholarships are available.   Click here for Summer Camp Scholarship Form.


For Summer Day Camp, Pee Wee Camp, Teen Life Skills Camp &  Adult Life Skills Camp, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per session is due when your participant is admitted (OUCARES will send you an email) to secure your participant's placement at camp. This deposit will be applied to your total camp payment. All remaining payments are due in full by JUNE 3. 

All Pee Wee campers (ages 3-6), all NEW Summer Day campers (ages 7-12), and all NEW Teen and Adult Life Skills campers are required to complete a casual assessment with OUCARES staff prior to camp. All campers who have an assessment are required to pay a $50 non-refundable assessment fee which is due prior to the day of assessment. This is a one-time fee and is in addition to the camp fee. There will be no assessment for returning Summer Day campers or returning Teen & Adult Life Skills campers. If you have a Pee Wee camper (age 3-6) or a new Summer Day (ages 7-12) or Teen or Adult Life Skills camper, OUCARES will contact you once we receive your completed application packet. An OUCARES staff member will then schedule your camper’s assessment during a time that fits your schedule.

For Pee Wee Campers (age 3-6), please bring your child to check in with OUCARES staff at the entrance to the Lowry Center on the 1st floor of Pawley Hall. For Summer Day Campers (age 7-12), you will be sent an email indicating your child's room number.  Please bring your child to the assigned room the first day of camp.  You will then drop off and pick up your child at that assigned room location for the remainder of the session. For Teen Life Skills Campers, camp will be held at Avondale Middle School (1445 W. Auburn Rd. in Rochester Hills). More detailed information will be provided at a later date. For Adult Life Skills campers (age 16+), camp will be held in Pawley Hall at Oakland University. More detailed information will be provided at a later date. 

Should your camper be absent or late, please call (248-370-2424) or email ( oucares@oakland.edu) the OUCARES offices no later than 8:30 a.m. the morning your camper will be absent or late.

Each camper must have sunscreen, a hat to block the sun, a water bottle, a towel, a change of clothes, any medicines they need, and their daily take home folder. Also for Pee Wee and Summer Day campers, please bring a sack lunch and snacks labeled with your child’s name each day to camp. We will not have access to a refrigerator, so be sure to pack food accordingly. For those days that Summer Day campers will be swimming, be sure your camper has a swim suit and a towel.

Pee Wee camp typically begins each day with fun sensory activities to help campers get out energy at the beginning of the day. The morning is divided into structured play times, circle time (including reading and singing), playground time, and structured activities at the table. After lunch, Pee Wee campers may have some quiet choice time, followed by creative expression activities, outdoor fun, snack time, and social skills practice.

Summer Day campers start their day with structured free choice activities and morning circle time. Mornings continue with outdoor activities and life skills training. After lunch, campers go swimming on certain days, or they may go for a nature walk or on the playground. In the afternoon, campers focus on structured activities before closing circle time. Summer Day campers will go on field trips to the park on designated Fridays.

Life Skills camp begins every day with campers learning good hygiene practices and enjoying a pre-made snack. Then, campers may have a structured outdoor activity before engaging in creative thinking, team-building, and life skills projects. Life Skills campers prepare and eat their own lunches and then have a quiet free choice time. The afternoon consists of more social skills activities, learning about a micro-enterprise, and camper-planned activities. Life Skills campers will go on field trips into the community on certain days as well in order to practice the life skills they have been learning.



For all returning campers, you will be notified once we receive your completed application packet.   Receipt of application does not guarantee admittance. Admission decisions will only be made once we receive your completed application packet.
Employable
Skills Programs

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)
Monday - Friday, June 17 - August 30, 2019 (No Session July 1-5)
9 am - 3pm
Age:  Adult
Location:  Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd, Rochester, MI

Pre-Employment Skills Training Information Session
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30 pm
Meadows Learning Center, 1435 W. Auburn Rd, Rochester, MI
RSVP to oucares@oakland.edu 



PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO EDITING
Participants will learn the main functions of a digital camera and how to best
utilize them in different settings.  Participants will use photographs taken in class as tools to learn basic photo editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop.  Instructed by professional photographers. This program is designed for individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS who do not need a 1:1 support.

Dates: Mondays, April 8 - June 3 (Session May 27)
Ages: 13+ yrs.
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Room 204 Meadows Learning Center (1435 W. Auburn Rd.)
Cost: $200 
Registration

Summer 2019 Program Information
PROGRAMS FILL UP QUICKLY SO REGISTER SOON!

To register online, complete the online program registration and submit payment.

Complete the participant information form only if you are a New Participant or registering for Social Skills.

To register by mail, complete the program registration packet and mail it along with the registration fee (checks payable to Oakland University) to: 

OUCARES
425C Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482

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

ABA TRAINING FOR PARENTS
Instructed by Dr. Jessica Korneder, PhD, BCBA-D Assistant Professor at Oakland University & Director of the Oakland University ABA Clinic.  We will be offering 2 separate trainings for different age groups: Parents or Guardians of younger children (2-8 yrs) and Parents or Guardians of children (9-18 yrs).  Learn to use ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) techniques at home to develop your child’s skills and reduce challenging behaviors.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  A 30 minute lunch break will be provided during the course of the day. 

Parents of Younger Children (2-8 yrs.)
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Pawley Hall Room 158 (OU CAMPUS)
Cost: $25 per person Limited Scholarships Available