Skills We Teach

We teach the following social thinking® skills during Summer Trip Camp:

  • Being cognitively flexible
  • Managing anxiety in new situations
  • Using humor appropriately
  • Developing positive self-talk
  • Understanding one’s responsibility in sustaining friendships
  • Understanding how your words and actions are interpreted by others
  • Differentiating between “small problems” and “big problems”
  • Social problem solving skills
  • Understanding other’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions
  • Persevering through non-preferred tasks/activities
  • Expressing emotions in a way expected for one’s age
  • Developing situational awareness a.ka. “reading a room”

Our progressive curriculum is based around developing important executive function skills and independent skills such as:

  • Managing money and belongings
  • Successfully working in a group with peers (group projects)
  • Planning ahead
  • Being able to feel the passage of time
  • Cooking
  • Maintaining good hygiene
  • Using past experiences to plan for the future
  • Taking a leadership role

The skills we teach are based on the following methodologies and curricula.  Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW, Camp Director has more training in these methodologies than any Clinician or Camp Director throughout the Philadelphia area.

Methodologies we integrate into Summer Trip Camp include: 

  • Social Cognitive Skills: Social Thinking® created by Michelle Garcia Winner
  • Executive Function Skills: Based on the work of Kristen Jacobsen and Sarah Ward of Cognitive Connections Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Youth (training from the Beck Institute & Temple University Child/Teen Anxiety Clinic)

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