Sensory Camp 2017
This past August marked the 13th year of Sensory
Camp and it was an overwhelming success! Sensory Camp enables children from the
community who have complex needs to have a fun camp experience. Our team of
occupational therapists and trained support staff create an environment which
enables each child to explore his or her individual sensory needs. Throughout
camp, campers have the opportunity to participate in sensory-based arts and
crafts, cooking programs, outdoor gardening in the greenhouse, exploring the
multisensory room, enjoying the splash pad and many more fun activities!
Here are a few highlights:
Each day activities were based around a unique theme. For
example, on Halloween day the campers loved exploring mystery boxes filled with
spooky tactile materials such as “coloured brains” (spaghetti), “frozen monster
hands,” and “gooey eyeballs” (tapioca pearls).
This year we were lucky to have very talented staff who knew
how to engage the campers through the beat of a drum. Drumming is a great
sensory experience as it offers both calming and alerting input through sound
and vibration. The campers really got into the rhythm and used many type of
instruments to play along with the staff.
The Aptus Teaching Landscape offered campers a unique
multisensory experience. With the help of Elaine (Aptus Teaching Landscape
Program Supervisor) and her amazing programming the garden came to life this
summer! Campers enjoyed many landscaping activities such as getting their hands
dirty with soil, smelling/picking fresh herbs and vegetables, and watering
We had special visitors this summer from Hands on Exotics. From
spiky to fluffy, campers had the opportunity to learn about new animal friends
through touch. Some campers were brave enough to hold the animals in their
hands, let them sit on their shoulders and even let them hang out on their
heads! A special thank you to Baskin Robbins for generously donating a
delicious array of ice cream and toppings to the campers and staff.
For more information on Sensory Camp, please email Khamla at firstname.lastname@example.org.