SOAR: Summer Adventures for ADD/LD Kids & Teens
Friday, March 17, 2017 28 Comments
Looking for a Summer Program
perfect for neurodiverse brains?
Check out THIS one – with programs for ages 8-25
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Guestpost from David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University
© ATTENTION RESEARCH UPDATE; March 14, 2017
Building Executive Function Skills at Camp
This just in from David Rabiner, Ph.D., whose guest posts you’ve seen here previously, and who is the creator and publisher of one of the best ADD/EFD Newsletters in the field.
SOAR – Success Oriented Achievement Realized – is a long-time sponsor of Rabiner’s excellent Attention Research Update, enabling him to offer it at no charge to professionals, parents and ADD/EFD individuals.
He informs us that . . .
SOAR offers a variety of outdoor adventure programs that are designed to provide a positive, exciting, and successful experience for children and teens with ADHD and Learning Disabilities.
A brief description of several of the wonderful SOAR programs can be found below, my support for parents and grandparents looking for a program specifically tailored for kids or teens with Learning Disabilities or ADD/EFD struggles. PLEASE pass it on. [Disclosure: NO compensation has been offered or received for this content]
NOTE: Dr. Rabiner uses the DSM-5 term “ADHD,” rather than “ADD” or ADD/EFD, which I strongly prefer and otherwise use on this site (click HERE for why).
Please remember at ALL times that he uses this term to refer to the Inattentive and Combined subtypes as well as the Hyperactive subtype.
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SOAR – America’s Premier Adventure Programs
for Youth with LD and ADHD
SOAR is an accredited boarding school, summer camp, and GAP year program serving youth and young adults with ADHD and other learning disabilities (LD).
With locations across the United States and internationally, it provides academic instruction, experiential education, life skills development and adventure based programming.
SOAR was founded by an adult with a learning disability who believed that focusing on an individual’s strengths, rather than deficits, was critical in ensuring success.
For 40 years, their programs have been adapted around the specific needs of the LD and ADHD youth they serve.
Their understanding of this population permeates everything they do:
- from the way they approach challenges and adventures,
- to the way they structure each day,
- to the way they handle conflicts, and
- in the way they celebrate each participant’s abilities.
The SOAR community is comprised of committed instructors and motivated participants, who play an integral role in the success of each student.
– Fun & Adventure
– Community & Sense of Belonging
– Friendship & Social Skills
– Life Skills
With the goal of success in mind, SOAR programs provide challenges that build self-confidence and self-reliance. Each student is challenged in a variety of adventure activities (backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, among others), and pushed beyond their comfort zone with support and encouragement.
These experiences empower the students to make healthy choices, learn more about themselves, overcome challenges, and relate lessons learned from these experiences to other aspects of their lives.
Serving ages 8 to 25, SOAR offers high adventure summer camps designed specifically for youth diagnosed with ADHD and LD, that promote friendships, increase self-confidence, and develop life skills.
Adventure activities include whitewater rafting, backpacking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, SCUBA, llama treks and more, with locations in North Carolina, Florida, Wyoming, California, New York and Belize.
The Academy at SOAR
The Academy at SOAR is a private boarding school for students diagnosed with ADHD and LD, located in Balsam, North Carolina.
Their student centered model provides differentiated academic instruction and adventure based learning for students in grades 7th-12th.
Students rotate between field expeditions across the country and residential living at the Balsam campus.
GAP Year at SOAR:
Based out of Dubois, Wyoming, SOAR’S GAP Year (Gateway Adventure Program) is designed to help young adults with ADHD and LD, ages 18-24, develop the tools necessary to navigate their transition into adulthood.
You can contact SOAR’s Admissions Office by phone at 828-456-3435 to learn more about any SOAR program.
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