Alex had another fun summer that included swimming lessons, bike camp, baseball games, beach days, extended school year, surfing, music therapy and his favorite - Camp Bridge!
This year we signed him up for 2 weeks at Camp Bridge (in August) and he was so excited and ready to go each day to camp. The weather during week 1 was great and they swam every day - he came home exhausted, a good thing.
Halfway through the week he reported to us that he learned how to kill a snake at Camp Bridge. He went into gory detail about how you kill a snake. My husband and I were a bit horrified by this fact, but something told me he was 'telling tales out of school'. When I asked the director she confirmed that they did not kill a snake, in fact they hadn't even seen snakes this year. Last year, however, they did see a snake on their nature walk which I remember him talking about.
Week 2 began with colder weather and some rain. However, the sunny part was that Miss Beth, one of the directors who runs the camp, was back this week. He loves Miss Beth and had missed her from the previous week (she was away in Disney). When he saw Miss Beth, the first thing he asked her was "How was Disney?" and he was actually conversational with her. I love to hear when he makes improvement in this area!
One day when I picked him up, she told me that he had taken out the trash for them - without being asked. He just did it. They were impressed! Alex loves to help, and one of his "jobs" at home is taking out the trash, so when they told me about this I wasn't real shocked.
The highlight for me was this "report" that I got from Miss Beth on the last day of Camp.
He is very literal. He asked if if he could get rid of a wet chair with soda on it at lunch time and I said yes then he threw it over the railing into the woods. The counselors looked at me to see why I didn't yell at him and I laughed and said I told him to get rid of it and that's what he did. Haha!This is priceless to me. I can totally see him picking up the chair and tossing it over the railing of the pavilion and into the woods. While I am sure that is not quite what she had in mind by "getting rid of it" - I am so glad they "get" why he did what he did. And, yes - I'm still laughing about it!
What a great way to end summer - with a smile on our face!
Camp Week - A visit from the Therapy Dogs
Camp Bridge - Taking Autism To Camp