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Canoeing on Lady Bird Lake
Students in this program practice and apply skills they have learned at home and at school, within the context of fun activities. In past summers, students have enjoyed activities such as touring a farm, doing a scavenger hunt in a Chinese market, visiting museums, and exploring a steam engine. Each class is built around a high-interest theme for this age level such as “Project STEM,” “Lost in Space!,” “Time Travellers,” “Cook & Create,” “Transition to Middle School,” and “Nature Detectives.”

Students have opportunities to practice Expanded Core Curriculum skills as they make and follow schedules, create shopping lists, manage a simple budget, keep up with belongings, organize materials, measure ingredients, write thank-you letters, and communicate with others. An invaluable part of the program is the opportunity to interact with other students with visual impairments. Sharing experiences about the challenges they face at home and school can alleviate feelings of isolation and increase confidence. During Elementary Summer Enrichment, students often begin early friendships that continue for years.

 

Student loading the dishwasher
Two week sessions: July 2-13  (Ages 6-12)

The two-week elementary program offers classes for students who are functioning on or close to grade level. Students who are functioning 2-3 years below grade level, but whose social and independent living skills allow them to fully participate in class activities with their same age peers, may also apply. Students will be grouped into small, self-contained classrooms with peers who are functioning at a similar level of ability. These classes are appropriate for students who: 

  • Are largely independent in their dressing, eating, toileting, and hygiene abilities,
  • Do not have challenging behaviors that interfere with instruction of self or others, and
  • Are able to complete the full two-week program. If you know that your student cannot stay for the complete program, please discuss this with the program coordinator listed below or describe your situation in the Additional Information section of the application.

Students who do not meet these criteria should apply for Practical Experiences in Expanded Core (PEEC) rather than the Elementary Summer Enrichment Programs.

locker
Transition to Middle School classes:
During the two-week session, students who are entering Middle School in the fall are usually placed into one of our classes addressing issues and skills related to the challenging transition to middle school. This class addresses topics such as: personal organization (managing lockers, backpacks, papers, time and deadlines); self advocacy (explaining your needs to teachers and other students, conflict resolution); social skills (caring for personal appearance; etiquette, initiating conversations and meeting new people); adaptive tools and technology (exposure to scanning software, magnification systems, and homework and classroom aids); orientation and mobility (changing classes, negotiating crowded hallways), and independent living (breakfast/snack preparation, nutrition). This is a unique opportunity for students to practice some of the expectations they will face during the upcoming school year, and boost their confidence in dealing with new issues and challenges.

 

 

Two friends enjoying the playground
One week sessions (Ages 6-12): July 2 - 7 or July 9 -13, 2017

The one-week elementary programs (2 sessions) are designed for students who are functioning on or close to grade level. Students who are functioning 2-3 years below grade level, but whose social and independent living skills allow them to fully participate in class activities with their same age peers, may also apply. Students will be grouped into small, self-contained classrooms with peers who are functioning at a similar level of ability. These classes are appropriate for students who:

  • Are largely independent in their dressing, eating, toileting, and hygiene abilities,
  • Do not have challenging behaviors that interfere with instruction of self or others, and
  • Might have difficulty being away from home for more than one week, or who for any reason cannot remain at TSBVI for a full two weeks.

Students who do not meet these criteria should apply for Practical Experiences in Expanded Core (PEEC) rather than the Elementary Summer Enrichment Programs. 

The one- and two-week sessions have similar instructional content and activities. The primary difference is the length of the program. The one-week sessions are ideal for younger students or students who may have difficulty being away from home for a full two weeks.

 

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For information about program content, contact an ESE Coordinator:

  • John Rose  (512) 206-9131  
  • Kathi Garza  (512) 206-9446  

For information about the application process, contact:

Short-Term Programs administrative team: Wendy Erickson 512-206-9332, Phoebe Williams 512-206-9241 or 

 

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