Who goes to Apex Summer Camp?

A broad spectrum of kids attend Apex Summer Camp. Our program is designed for children ages 6-12 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and their peers and siblings, with or without a diagnosis. The program is verbally loaded, such that proficient language skills are required to participate meaningfully.

What is the camper to counselor ratio?

Kids are divided into groups or “bunks” of 10-12 campers. Bunks have a dedicated team of 4-5 counselors, led by a master’s level therapist or advanced graduate student. Counselors are generally graduate and undergraduate students studying psychology, medicine, speech-language pathology, education, occupational therapy, etc. We generally have a staff to camper ratio of 1 to 3.

When is camp?

Camp dates for 2017 are the 5 weeks from Monday July 3rd through Friday August 4th. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. We will not have camp on Tuesday July 4th.

What is a typical day at Apex Summer Camp?

The day begins with a group discussion reviewing the schedule and social skill of the day. After a transition, the first of the day’s four activities begins. The four daily activities include: a sports skills drill, a sports game, a board game period, and counselor’s choice. Each activity begins with a group discussion outlining rules and expectations, and ends with a group discussion reviewing successes and challenges. Activities are separated by structured transitions. A lunch break followed by recess occur in the middle of the day. The day concludes with a discussion reviewing the successes and challenges of the day.

Where is camp?

Our Seattle summer program is hosted at an elementary school in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, within ten minutes of the University of Washington Seattle Campus.

How do I apply?

Apply online by submitting an electronic application here.

What’s the application process?

After we receive an electronic application, we will contact the family to schedule a brief screening appointment. Screening for kids with ASD take place at the UW Autism Center. Screenings for kids with ADHD occur at the Seattle Children’s PEARL Clinic. Once screening is complete, you will be notified within two weeks if your child has been accepted to the program.

What is the cost?

The camp program tuition is $3750. This includes a $750 camp fee and $3000 for professional staff services.

For families participating the SEASTAR program for children with ADHD, Seattle Children's providers conduct the intake appointment, deliver weekly Parent Management Training, and offer Medication Evaluations. The cost for these services are not included in the price of Apex Summer Camp, but may be covered by insurance.

Is part of camp covered by insurance?

Depending on your insurance carrier and formal diagnosis, some of the professional behavioral services may be covered under the carrier’s ABA benefit when the services are provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) under BCBA supervision. Insurance coverage is not guaranteed by the UW Autism Center.  The UW Autism Center does not contract with all insurance carriers. Additional insurance details can be discussed during the screening appointment.

Are there scholarships available?

We’re proud to partner with Ben’s Fund to provide scholarships to families. More information is available on the FEAT of WA website. In addition to Ben’s Fund, limited scholarships are available from the UW Autism Center’s Family Scholarship Fund. A link to the Family Scholarship Fund application is available via this link.

We would like to thank Harkla for a generous $5000 donation to support scholarships at Apex Summer Camp 2017!

Apex Summer Camp - UW Autism Center - Box 357920 - Seattle, WA 98195 - - 206.221.CAMP (2267) - Fax: 206.685.8490


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