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Professional training & supervision as you work with and oversee pairs of children at Camp!

As a Facilitator, you will receive training from PeerBuddies® founder, Elika Shahrestani, in how to teach children with special needs social skills using peer-mediated strategies.  You’ll learn how principles of Applied Behavior Analysis are used to promote skills, and then you’ll apply all you’ve learned by working with children on-site during our groups.

Here’s what your role will be:

  1. Attend all 3 training dates

  2. Commit to all Camp dates in the week you select (please arrive 30 minutes early and plan on staying 30 minutes afterwards for preparation and debrief)

  3. Oversee and train two dyads (“dyad” = 1 child with special needs and his/her Peer Buddy) throughout group

  4. Be a positive role model


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“My overall experience here at Inclusion Camp was great.  The best part was seeing the improvement within the kids and having a lot of fun with them every day.”

– Christina Ramos

“This experience was so much fun.  I’m so glad I got to be a part of this unique camp that integrates kids with special needs with typical peers.  I’ve learned so much from it and from the kids!”

– Maria Santos


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