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:

Theme Days

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).



Drumming Circle

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.


Aptus Greenhouse

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 plants.


Special Events

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.





Contact
For more information on Sensory Camp, please email Khamla at sensorycamp@aptustc.com.