SLAM Camp was set up to reduce the sense of isolation that students with learning differences feel as a result of struggling with literacy or numeracy. By spending time with other children who also learn differently, we hope your child feels more supported in knowing that they are not alone.
Our day program is broken into two main areas; literacy or numeracy education followed by interest and fun based activities.
The literacy and numeracy sessions are run with of a small group of students, guided by a highly trained structured literacy educator who is either a trained Teacher, Aide, Speech Therapist, Psychologist or Occupational Therapist. This component is run in the mornings of our program. Students are placed primarily in age and then level appropriate groupings, according to the results of their submitted work in the lead up.
For some of our students, they may feel as though they have been taught the content before in other intervention. That may be the case, but until the student can reproduce by decoding and encoding that learning, revisiting it is vital. In some cases, those stronger students will be asked to demonstrate and lead the learning in certain areas- a role that not many students with learning difficulties have the opportunity to take.
Other students may find that the content is new to them, and may feel overwhelmed initially. This is also normal and expected. By taking part in the sessions, the student is being exposed to generalisations and pedagogy that will help them going forward.
It is important to note that SLAM Camp is not about making major educational breakthroughs in a 3 or 4 day camp.
SLAM Camp is about giving students exposure and practice to literacy or numeracy, while being in a supported and valued environment. Self esteem is most important.
Fun Based Activities
Our afternoon sessions are a time when students can participate in activities, work together, and let their strengths shine through. They can have fun and feel confident in the fact that they are one of many. The majority rather than the minority. We hope that you and your children make new support networks, and take with them the understanding that there is nothing wrong with them, and that they just learn differently.
If you don't think your child would benefit from being with his or her peers, or know that their literacy and numeracy skills are at the standard level, SLAM Camp may not be the right place for your child.
Please consider this carefully before applying and contact us before registration if you have any questions.