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Children and Family Services
Who We Are
Children and Family Services enhances the well-being of children and families through interventions and education to give families hope for meaningful participation throughout life.
Children & Family Services is an integrated delivery system for services geared towards children and families. Using an innovative, multi-dimensional and holistic approach, Children & Family Services provides a variety of therapies, services and supports to help children succeed with their family, at home, at school and in the community.
Several of Keystone Human Services’ acclaimed agencies integrated to form Children & Family Services. The division provides therapy services and education services to strengthen children and their families in their own communities as they strive to achieve immediate and long-term success. Children and families who are facing the challenges of behavior disorder, mental illness, physical disability, autism or an intellectual disability, or those who have a low income can take advantage of Children & Family Services, which includes Capital Area Head Start and Susquehanna Service Dogs.
Summer Therapeutic Activities Program
The Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP) gives children ages 5-14 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to attend a summer camp. Through social modeling and group activities, the program supports campers to build their social skills and independence and develop their problem-solving, decision-making and coping skills.
Mental health professionals lead campers through a schedule of activities, including morning circle and calendar time, arts and crafts, music, independent work, social skills activities, sensory activities, interactive games, independent self-help skills and developmental and age appropriate tasks. Campers also enjoy field trips into the community, such as swimming at the public pool, going to a restaurant, or visiting the library, the Children’s Discovery Museum or Oppenheimer Water Park.
Family members are invited to attend two large, themed picnics during the Summer Therapeutic Activities Program.
The 2012 Summer Therapeutic Activities Program will be held from June 11 through August 17. It runs Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Shamokin Dam Alliance Church. For more information, contact Sue McCormick at 570-286-1757 or smccormi @ keystonehumanservices.org.