The 30 children on Radford University's campus for this month's Summer RiteCare© Clinic shared the thrill of victory and cheered each other on during a three-week session built on the theme "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work."
The goal was to embrace the spirit of the Olympic Games by teaching the importance of teamwork and the joy of celebrating others’ accomplishments, said Diane Millar, director of the annual camp for children with autism.
"This year we tackled social skills through natural play in fun, group activities to assist children with generalizing their newly acquired communication skills to home and school environments," said Millar, an associate professor in the university's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD). "Our days were filled with cheering, high-fives and laughter, and we are so thankful to the Scottish Rite and Radford University for the incredible generosity that allows us to create a unique environment for teaching critical communication skills."
The camp session concluded Friday, June 29, with a luncheon in honor of the Virginia Orient of the Scottish Rite and the Scottish Rite Foundation, which has partnered with Radford University since 1995 to offer the Summer RiteCare© Clinic.
At the luncheon, Radford President Penelope W. Kyle accepted a check for $33,000 on behalf of the university from the Scottish Rite, bringing the organization's total donation to the camp over the years to more than $890,000. The funds support initiatives that enhance the literacy and language skills of children with autism.