My philosophy to proving campers with a meaningful camp experience is based on having spent close to 30 years at overnight camp as a camper, counselor and administrator. This lifetime of camp experience has taught me that campers are most open to learning in the camp environment when they are intellectually engaged, feel accepted and are having fun. This is the foundation of our program at Camp Sequoia.
We provide a summer home where our campers know they are embraced by our staff, surrounded by peers who share similar profiles and are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone so they can learn their true potential. Physical and emotional safety are our top priorities, and, through this foundation our staff creates a fun, active, engaging program for our campers.
We integrate Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking® framework into Camp Sequoia's program. I discovered Social Thinking in 2008 while I was searching for a social skills group for my son who is diagnosed with ADHD and has had his share of difficulty with navigating the social world. Before discovering Social Thinking, I had become discouraged by the lack of effective social skills programs which I had intensively researched.
Upon discovering Social Thinking, I realized that this approach went deeper than anything else I had found as it addressed the foundation of social learning needs and taught thinking skills, not memorization skills. I knew that the Social Thinking concepts and language could be successfully integrated into a camp program where kids could learn these concepts while being active and having a great time in the process.
Camp Sequoia opened in the summer of 2011 as the first overnight camp to integrate Social Thinking into a traditional overnight camp program. We greatly exceeded our enrollment goals, as campers came from across the United States and internationally in to benefit from our unique program. Even more important than our successful enrollment was the incredible feedback we received from our campers and their parents.
Many of our campers shared with us that their time at Camp Sequoia was
the first time they felt like they had a place they were accepted and
had made genuine friends. Our camper's parents commented on the new found
maturity, self-confidence, independence and, most importantly, the friendships
their children came home with at the end of camp. This feedback made clear
that Camp Sequoia was much more than a summer camp; it is a summer home
for a great group of kids and staff.
I welcome the opportunity to speak with you so we can work together to help your child develop their social thinking skills and realize their tremendous potential.
Looking forward to a great summer,
Ryan regularly presents to parent groups in the ADHD community and at
conferences on the topic of social learning and social skills. He has
completed the Social
Thinking Clinical Training Program at the Social Thinking Clinic in
San Jose, California and has been recognized by Michelle Garcia Winner,
the creator of Social Thinking for the positive feedback received about
to download Ryan's speaker's profile.
As a parent to a child diagnosed with ADHD Ryan understands what Sequoia
campers need from both a professional and parental perspective. Ryan and
his son Austin live in Narberth, Pennsylvania (where Ryan grew up) with
their two dogs Ace and Sasha, who love all the attention they receive
Below are links to several articles that have also featured Ryan and Camp Sequoia: