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
OUTDOOR SOCCER
Participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

SWIMMING
Instructed by a certified lifeguard with experience working with children with ASD, the goals are for participants to become comfortable in the pool, understand water safety, and learn new swim techniques and strokes. Participants will be assessed during the first session and provided direction based on their skills.  Parents or guardians are asked to participate in the water with their child.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

BASIC SOCIAL SKILLS
This program is designed to teach Social Skills in a play-centered small group setting. Activities will include skill-based lessons, interactive play and games, role playing, behavior modeling and positive social interactions with peers. Individuals must have conversational language skills and be able to verbally communicate effectively.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

Ages 6-12
OUTDOOR SOCCER
Participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

SWIMMING
Instructed by a certified lifeguard with experience working with children with ASD, the goals are for participants to become comfortable in the pool, understand water safety, and learn new swim techniques and strokes. Participants will be assessed during the first session and provided direction based on their skills.  Parents or guardians are asked to participate in the water with their child.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

BASIC SOCIAL SKILLS
This program is designed to teach Social Skills in a play-centered small group setting. Activities will include skill-based lessons, interactive play and games, role playing, behavior modeling and positive social interactions with peers. Individuals must have conversational language skills and be able to verbally communicate effectively.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.


JUDO
Instructed by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Black Belt with experience teaching individuals with ASD. Learn the basics of Judo while building confidence, self-discipline, listening skills, increase coordination and controlled movements. Judo is a fun way to exercise while also learning to follow directions and practice self-defense skills. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

ROBOTICS CLUB
Learn the fundamentals of Robotics and basic computer programming in this interactive social club.  Participants will work with Lego Mindstorm robots and computers to introduce the concepts of building a robot, introduction to programming, demonstrations and competitions, all while working on teamwork and social skills.  This program is designed for individuals with High-Functioning Autism, PDD/NOS or Asperger's with conversational language skills who can follow multi-step directions with minimal prompts and do not need 1:1 support.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

YOGA
This fun movement program utilizes breathing exercises, yoga poses and 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. Bring a yoga mat. Classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

BASKETBALL
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dibbling, shooting, and team skills in a supportive environment.  Mastering this skills will involve listening, direction following, and interacting with teammates. 

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

SNAG GOLF
Starting New At Golf (SNAG) is simplified golf allowing full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting using modified equipment.  Goals include improving motor skills, direction following and social skills.  This program is for people with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, or PDD/NOS.  We will be using OU's Par 3 golf course and driving range throughout the program.  Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.
Teens and Adults
SWIMMING
Instructed by a certified lifeguard with experience working with children with ASD, the goals are for participants to become comfortable in the pool, understand water safety, and learn new swim techniques and strokes. Participants will be assessed during the first session and provided direction based on their skills.  Parents or guardians are asked to participate in the water with their child.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

JUDO
Instructed by Judo Steve, a 5th Level Black Belt with experience teaching individuals with ASD. Learn the basics of Judo while building confidence, self-discipline, listening skills, increase coordination and controlled movements. Judo is a fun way to exercise while also learning to follow directions and practice self-defense skills. Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program!

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

YOGA
This fun movement program utilizes breathing exercises, yoga poses and 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. Bring a yoga mat. Classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

ROBOTICS CLUB
Learn the fundamentals of Robotics and basic computer programming in this interactive social club.  Participants will work with Lego Mindstorm robots and computers to introduce the concepts of building a robot, introduction to programming, demonstrations and competitions, all while working on teamwork and social skills.  This program is designed for individuals with High-Functioning Autism, PDD/NOS or Asperger's with conversational language skills who can follow multi-step directions with minimal prompts and do not need 1:1 support.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

BASKETBALL
Participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dibbling, shooting, and team skills in a supportive environment.  Mastering this skills will involve listening, direction following, and interacting with teammates. 

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

OUTDOOR SOCCER
Participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games.  Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers. 

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

SNAG GOLF
Starting New At Golf (SNAG) is simplified golf allowing full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting using modified equipment.  Goals include improving motor skills, direction following and social skills.  This program is for people with a diagnosis of Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, or PDD/NOS.  We will be using OU's Par 3 golf course and driving range throughout the program.  Siblings or peer buddies are invited to register for this program.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

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. This program is for participants with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s with conversational language skills who do not need a 1:1 support.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

VOLLEYBALL
Participants learn to play a sport while socializing and having fun! Players learn basics of volleyball while also learning team work, increasing their confidence, improving their motor skills and coordination. Program designed for individuals with conversational language skills who follow simple directions with a diagnosis of PDD/NOS, Asperger’s, or High Functioning Autism..

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

SOCIAL CONNECTIONS FOR ADULTS
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.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

UNIQUELY ME: WOMEN ON THE SPECTRUM CONNECT
The Instructor will lead discussions on relevant women's topics including finding and keeping relationships, employment challenges, daily sensory issues, independence and embracing life on the spectrum in today's society. This program is for adult women with Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism with conversational language skills.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

AFTER HOURS ADULT SOCIAL
This is a social group for adults with the diagnosis of Asperger's, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games, and fun! No registration required, come when you are able.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

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.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.

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
Spring program is cancelled and we will not be running Summer Bowling.  Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates. 

Macomb County - Pin Crushers League at 5 Star Lanes  
Spring program is cancelled and we will not be running Summer Bowling.  Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates. 

Camps
In following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oakland University public health safety experts, OUCARES has made the difficult decision to cancel our camps and some summer programs.  Please contact oucares@oakland.edu if you have any questions.  
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 summer 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)

Dates: Monday, July 6 - Friday, September 4, 2020
July 6 - July 31, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and August 3 - September 4, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Age:  Adult
Location:  Oakland University, Pawley Hall 
Cost:  $3000 Limited Scholarships Available
OUCARES Pre-Employment Skills Training Application
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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.

Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.
Registration

Summer Bowling is canceled.  Please check back later this summer for fall registration. 

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.  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.)
Spring program is cancelled. Please check back during Summer for our Fall session dates.