Life Skills Prep Camp (LSPC) was created because I had a vision of being able to provide an environment for students of all ability levels to explore different activities with the intent of igniting their passions, see what they are good at and give them an outlet for expressing their creativity.
Helping students/children see another perspective can be HUGE. At LSPC we work diligently to understand students and how they think (especially about a specific situation) and help them understand the point of view of others involved in the situation. Never with the idea of changing the student but with the idea of allowing them to understand what is going on around them from another perspective which allows them to begin to understand how and why other people react the way they do.
All of this while applying FUNctional executive functioning strategies and instruction throughout the day that promotes appropriate communication and problem solving. If you think about Ballroom Dancing, it requires a person to be aware of their body in space (proprioception – OT term), remember the steps of the different dances (executive functioning), process the rhythm and beat, as well as, count and move on said beats (all of which are executive functioning skills).
When working with students throughout the school year in a 1 on 1 situation, those students can give the appropriate answer but taking the information in an isolated office situation and applying it in a social setting or at school can be very challenging for children. Creating the camp gave us (the professionals) a platform for showing the students when to use the strategies they’ve been taught in a safe, supported environment.