Child Development Institute (CDI), is a renowned children’s mental health agency based in Toronto. They offer programs for children, youth, and their families, across four streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services, the Integra Program and Healthy Child Development. They are particularly known for their world renowned Early Intervention behavioural therapy program SNAP, which stands for Stop Now And Plan. SNAP is an evidence-based cognitive behavioural model that provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills. Out of all the SNAP programs offered, the focus extends to a particular program called Camp Wimodausis.
Camp Wimodausis is a specialized SNAP day camp for children ages 6 to 11 whose social and behaviour problems would otherwise prevent them from attending a summer day camp. The program is highly-structured to maximize opportunities for success. In small groups of six, with two qualified counselors, children learn to use SNAP to manage their behaviour, exercise self-control and resolve problems. Children participate in fun and educational activities including arts and crafts, sports, music, swimming, special interest clubs, weekly field trips, nature hikes and theme days.
The primary goal of SNAP in Camp Wimodausis is to keep children and youth in school and out of trouble by helping them make better choices “in the moment.” Their family-focused approach puts families first. They work with each child and family’s unique strengths, needs and challenges. They help them to uncover their abilities, give them tools to succeed, and support them in overcoming challenges in life.
Marisa, a parent who has seen the first-hand benefits of this camp, recalls her experience with her son Andreas.
“That one small step has changed so much for us. Andreas now knows what he needs to do to get through a difficult situation without losing his cool, which has made a big difference in his behaviour. After all these years, and life’s ups and downs, I know that CDI will always be there for me.”(excerpt taken from the camp’s charity website)
Earlscourt-Creche Child Development Institute
46 St Clair Gardens, Toronto, ON M6E 3V4
Two summer sessions in July and August, 2019
6 – 11 years old