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Gersh Academy at West Hills Day Camp
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Long Island’s Premier Summer Day Camp Program for Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Gersh Academy at West Hills Day Camp, the ultimate summer camp program for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders located on the grounds of West Hills Day Camp. Owned and operated by Gersh Academy, with over 28 years of experience in special needs.
All group leaders are certified special education teachers
Placement based on social, emotional and intellectual capabilities
Support for development of social skills, life skills, and independence
Weekly progress reports
Full time nurse
A full spectrum of activities:
One hour of daily swim (we have 7 heated pools) including American Red Cross Swim Instruction
Climbing and ropes course
Music and drama
Fishing and boating
Arts and crafts
Computers and video arcade
Positive Social Interaction
Gersh Academy @ WHDC encourages positive social interaction with peers, mentors, and role models. Campers learn how to properly interact with others in an organic, safe, and loving environment.
The friendships made at Gersh Academy @ WHDC last a lifetime. Through shared experience, struggle, and achievement, bonds are formed between campers and counselors that help shape each campers character.
One of the most important lessons any child can learn is how to communicate their needs to others and work as a group to achieve common goals. Campers in our program learn social skills that teach them to navigate the challenges of life through cooperation and teamwork.
After campers have gone through our program, Gersh Academy @ WHDC sets them up to be future leaders, role models, and managers. The counselor-in-training program teaches job and leadership skills such as time management, task execution, teamwork, and delegation.
West Hills Academy
West Hills Academy specializes in serving the ‘unique learners’, who may possess an average to above average IQ, but have struggled due to certain academic, social, emotional, and/or physical limitations.