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Concept Mapping Analysis of Social Skills Camp Experience for Children with Disabilities

  • Gloria K. Lee (a1), Michael Infranco (a2), Abiola Dipeolu (a2), Catherine Cook-Cottone (a2), James P. Donnelly (a3), Timothy P. Janikowski (a2), Amy Reynolds (a2) and Tim Boling (a4)...

Abstract

The present study aimed to identify themes emerging from an inclusive therapeutic recreational camp experience for children with disabilities who attended a 10-day summer camp. Concept mapping was used to analyse the experience of 42 participants. Results emerged with seven themes: Personal Growth; Nurturing Relationships; Non-judgmental Environment and Attitude; Traditional/Classic Camp Fun; Beneficial and Unique Opportunities; Learning/Thinking with Structures and Rules; and Independence and Recognition. Results suggested that children with disabilities experienced positive personal growth and learned new skills from an integrated, therapeutic camp. These children benefited from the social and psychological aspects of the camp experience, as well as the learned skillset and behaviours. Clinical implications and future research directions are also discussed.

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address for correspondence: Gloria Lee, Michigan State University - Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education, Room 459, 620 Farm Lane, Erickson Hall, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA. E-mail: leekalai@msu.edu

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Concept Mapping Analysis of Social Skills Camp Experience for Children with Disabilities

  • Gloria K. Lee (a1), Michael Infranco (a2), Abiola Dipeolu (a2), Catherine Cook-Cottone (a2), James P. Donnelly (a3), Timothy P. Janikowski (a2), Amy Reynolds (a2) and Tim Boling (a4)...

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