Be a Coach or Volunteer
Be a Camp Coach
Coach positions are open for 2017!
We are looking for enthusiastic, active and qualified coaches for our local summer day programs. This position is ideal for you if your educational background is: inclusive/special education, adapted physical education, school psychology, Applied Behaviour Analysis, occupational therapy, speech/language or related academic areas AND have some prior hands-on experience working with youth on the spectrum. University students and school teachers or EA’s who are off for the summer, are ideal candidates. This is an excellent hands-on career-related experience for you in this field! Training is provided. You are hired as an independent contractor.
OHEYS offers 2 summer camp programs specifically for pre-teens – young adults on the autism spectrum. Our camp provides a unique opportunity for camp programming within the structure of a group setting. It includes coaches and supervisors with knowledge and training about autism and experience in working with youth at a variety of different developmental levels. Our focus is on encouraging physical activity and healthy lifestyles, and developing social skills and peer relationships. OHEYS Middle Years Adventure Camp includes fun activities such as Adrenaline Adventures, mini-golf, swimming and more! OHEYS “Jobs & Sports” is an adolescent activity based program, which addresses these two challenging areas: potential employment and lifelong physical activity. Participants get to choose work placements and work on employment skills, as well as fun field trips!
Be a Volunteer at Summer Camp/Weekly Programs
Community youth volunteers are a crucial part of the camp program and perform responsible and meaningful jobs. These include acting as a Station Leader for one or more of the many activities stations, assisting with equipment management (we go through a lot of water balloons!), field trips, photo memory book production, snacks and lunches, and acting as assistant coach in situations where a 2-1 coach-to-child ratio is needed to demonstrate or master skills. It is also a great hands-on opportunity to observe and learn about the challenges faced by children with autism.
OHEYS offers summer camp programs and weekly programs specifically for children with autism. Our camp provides a unique opportunity for camp programming within the structure of a group setting. We provide coaches and supervisors with knowledge and training about autism and experience in working with children at a variety of different developmental levels. Our purpose is to provide a meaningful camp experience for each child through advance goal setting and planning with families, offering a variety of activities and programs, and communication daily with families. Our focus is on developing movement skills (throwing, catching, swimming), developing social skills and the ability to form social groups, and developing sport-specific skills such as basketball, baseball, football, floor hockey, handball, etc, all of which can be accommodated within each child’s goals.