- July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Camp Connect (TBRI® Based) is a holistic approach that is multidisciplinary, flexible, attachment-centered, and challenging. It is a informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who struggle with attachment struggles. Camp Connect (TBRI® Based) consists of three sets of harmonious principles: Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting. These principles have been used in homes, schools, orphanages, residential treatment centers and other environments. They are designed for use with children and youth of all ages and different levels. By helping caregivers understand what should have happened in early development, TBRI® principles guide children and youth back to their natural developmental trajectory.
The overall goals of Camp Connect (TBRI® Based) are:
- Create an environment of physical, social, and psychological safety
- Recognize and meet children’s physiological needs (e.g., hydration)
- Structure experiences to enhance emotional and behavioral self-regulation
- Enhance caregivers’ mindful awareness and mindful caregiving
- Build and strengthen secure attachments between caregivers and children
- Build and strengthen resilience in caregivers and children
- Help caregivers master the use of proactive strategies for behavioral change
- Help caregivers master the IDEAL Response© (Immediate, Direct, Efficient, Active, Leveled at behavior, not child)
- Help caregivers master Levels of ResponseTM (Playful, Structured, Calming, Protective)
The essential components of Camp Connect (TBRI® Based) include:
- Connecting Principles help children build trust and meaningful relationships. These include:
- Engagement Strategies, which connect with children nonverbally, such as with eye contact, behavior matching, and playful engagement.
- Mindfulness Strategies, which involve parents and caregivers being aware of what they bring to interactions with their children, such as being conscious of their own relationship histories.
- Empowering Principles help children learn important skills like self-regulation. There are two types of Empowering strategies:
- Physiological Strategies, which focus on the internal physical needs of the child. These include things like hydration, blood sugar, and sensory needs.
- Ecological Strategies, which focus on the child’s external environment and guide children toward learning self-regulation skills. Ecological Strategies include things like transitions, scaffolding (guided support appropriate to a child’s level that facilitates learning), and daily rituals.
- Correcting Principles help children learn behavioral and social competence so that they can better navigate the social world they live in. Correcting Principles include:
- Proactive Strategies, which are designed to teach social skills to children during calm times.
- Responsive Strategies, which provide caregivers with tools for responding to challenging behavior from children.
- During camp, children are immersed in a sensory and attachment rich environment. They participate in physical activities at least every two hours, have a nutritious snack or meal every two hours, and are offered water throughout the day. Children attend Nurture groups, Movement groups, Life Skills groups, Therapeutic Art groups, Speech & Language groups, and Sensory groups every day. Throughout all of the therapeutic groups, children practice the skills needed to develop meaningful relationships. They also practice emotional and behavioral self-regulation skills.
- Near the end of camp, parents (caregivers) attend camp with their children. First, parents observe camp and discuss what they have observed. Then parents begin to participate in the therapeutic groups during camp with their children. This allows for the scaffolding and support of new skills and strategies and offers a smoother transition from camp to home.
Who: For children 1st to 5th grade as of school year fall 2018.
When: July 23 to 27, 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $395 per child if paid by July 15th or $425 after July 15th.
Venue: Camp Connect FL