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[blockquote cite=”A parent of a camper”]”After attending the F.U.S.E. Summer Program, my daughter’s teachers noticed significant growth in her social skills.”[/blockquote]

[blockquote cite=”A parent of a camper”]”Lauren Weeks’ F.U.S.E.  Summer Program was the single-most effective intervention that we have done for our six-year old son.”[/blockquote]


Social Enrichment Summer Camp  in Lexington, MA

 children ages 3 1/2-9 years old

What is F.U.S.E. Summer Camp?

F.U.S.E. Summer Camp 2015 is our 5th annual summer program providing social enrichment for children ages 3 1/2 – 9 based in Lexington, Ma. The F.U.S.E. program provides intensive work on increasing children’s social engagement and problem solving with peers through high motivation, fun, child centered activities.

The F.U.S.E. program is directly run by Lauren Weeks, Psy.D. along with their trained staff, who will work directly with the children using strategies to help each child internalize flexibility, perspective taking, regulation and co-creation. The staff to student ratio is an area we hold at the highest priority to be able to promote social engagement during every moment of the day.  We will have one head counselor and one assistant counselor for every eight children.  There will also be revolving counselors to help whenever necessary given the activity and need.


Who is F.U.S.E. Summer Camp For?

The F.U.S.E. Camp is an integrated summer program for typical children and children who have social challenges and who will especially benefit from the very small group sizes. Children must be potty trained.  Children may have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, ADHD, anxiety, or other issues that impact their social functioning/problem solving. Children who are able to engage in peer social interaction with some adult facilitation are most likely to benefit.


What is the F.U.S.E. philosophy and approach?

As is the philosophy of F.U.S.E., we have uniquely combined the philosophy and theories of Relationship Development Intervention by Steve Gustein and Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner.  For your convenience, here are links to learn more about each program:

We feel each approach supports and builds on the other and used collectively provides the most comprehensive systematic approach to developing the WHOLE child and providing them with the necessary tools they need to feel and be successful at every stage in life.   Each child will have evolving goals and objectives reflecting each area of development  based on these three sets of criteria.


Theories we are FUSEing

Relationship Development Intervention

Dr. Steven Gutstein is the creator of the RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) program. The program is a parent-centered developmental approach to remediation of the core deficits seen in children with social challenges.

  • Dramatic improvement in meaningful communication
  • Desire to share their experiences with others
  • Genuine curiosity and enthusiasm for other people
  • Ability to adapt easily and “go with the flow”
  • Increase in the initiation of joint attention
  • Improvement in perspective taking and theory of mind
  • Increased desire to seek out and interact with peers

Core Deficits Targeted by RDI

  • Emotional Referencing: The ability to use an emotional feedback system to learn from the subjective experiences of others.
  • Social Co-regulation / Coordination: The ability to observe and continually regulate one’s behavior in order to participate in spontaneous relationships involving collaboration and exchange of emotions.
  • Broadband Communication: Using language and non-verbal communication to express curiosity, invite others to interact, share perceptions and feelings and coordinate your actions with others.
  • Dynamic thinking: The ability to rapidly adapt, change strategies and alter plans based upon changing circumstances.
  • Relational Information Processing: The ability to obtain meaning based upon the larger context. Solving problems that have no right-and-wrong solutions.
  • Foresight and Hindsight: The ability to reflect on past experiences and anticipate potential future scenarios in a productive manner.

The goal of RDI is to build or strengthen dynamic intelligence Instead of relying on “static intelligence” (that is, the ability to know information or memorize facts).


Social Thinking

Social thinking is what we do when we interact with people: we think about them. And how we think about people affects how we behave toward them, which in turn affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions.

Whether we are with friends, sending an email, in a classroom or at the grocery store, we take in the thoughts, emotions and intentions of those around us.

Most of us have developed our communication skills from birth onwards, steadily observing and acquiring social information and learning how to respond to the people around us. Because social thinking is an intuitive process, we usually take it for granted!

But for many individuals, this process does not come naturally. And this often has nothing to do with academic intelligence.

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, coined the term Social Thinking® and developed a related treatment approach for individuals with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s and similar challenges as she treated students in San Jose, CA. In fact, she received an award of Special Congressional Recognition for her on-going innovation of the Social Thinking curriculum and treatment approach.


Social Thinking strategies teach individuals:

  • How their own social minds work – why they and others react and respond the way they do;
  • How their behaviors affects those around them;
  • And from this, how behaviors are affecting their own emotions, responses to and relationships with others across different social contexts.
  • Recognize the different levels of their own and others’ social minds;
  • Navigate their behaviors for more rewarding social outcomes, which include considering how others perceive and respond to these behaviors;
  • Learn to adapt to the people and situations around them, across contexts, from formal (classroom) to casual settings (recess, etc.).

The goal of the camp is to work on: targeted individualized social goals through the medium of fun interactive experiences and emotional challenges that impact social development for individual children. These goals (e.g. communication for collaboration, co-creation, perspective taking, increasing emotional regulation) will be embedded within activities.


What is the structure of the F.U.S.E. Summer Camp?

Each day, each group will participate in a social pragmatics lesson in the beginning of the day,  small and large group focused social collaboration activities and all come together for large group activities each day. Each week will have a theme related to children’s everyday experiences (e.g. sports; beach). All activities are designed to foster happy social engagement through which social skills teaching will be seamlessly integrated.


A sample schedule of a day

A sample schedule of a day

9:30-10:00 – All group morning greeting and social pragmatic lesson

10:15 -10:45 – Group scavenger hunt – Moving and working together as a group to find treasure

10:45-11:00 – Snack

11:00-11:30 – FUSE Sports outside game – Messy Backyard – Work together as a group to keep your group yard clean from Messy Nick!

11:30-12:15 – Collaborative Art Project – Create a group mascot

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch

12:45-1:45 – Water Play – Group slip and slide obstacle course and free water play

1:45-2:00 – Goodbye Circle – Highlight memories from the day

2:00-2:30 – All group closing and yoga


What is the cost?

The cost per F.U.S.E. Summer Camp session is $2100 per session (three week session).  We recommend that children attend BOTH sessions to gain the msot from the experience.  You will receive an invoice after each session that can be submitted to your insurance for any reimbursement your specific insurance company may provide.  We are happy to work with you prior to camp starting to fill out paperwork and make any calls that are necessary for your insurance.  We do not accept insurance as payment but will assist in your reimbursement efforts.


Sessions / Dates F.U.S.E. Summer Camp 2015 is offered:

Sessions run each week MONDAY – THURSDAY 9:30 – 2:30 (No camp on Fridays!)

F.U.S.E. Session 1 : June 29 – July 16

F.U.S.E. Session 2: July 20 –  August 6

Many children attend both session as each week is a different theme comprising six themes – one for each week.  Each week the group builds cohesiveness and becomes more connected resulting in strong bonds as the weeks progress.