December 2, 2014 To Whom It May Concern, My son, Ben, has attended summer camp with Ascendigo (formerly Extreme Sports Camp) for the past three summers. Our experience has been nothing short of life changing, for Ben and for our family. Ben was nine years old the first time he attended Ascendigo. He went for one week and I had one goal for him…to make it through the week. Ben is verbal and capable of expressing himself, but has struggled with anxiety, sensory issues, motor planning issues, avoidance of new/different foods, and sleep issues. This was his first experience away from home, where most of his needs and “melt-down” triggers could be anticipated in advance. I am not exaggerating when I say I just wanted him to make it through the week. Ben was assigned an amazing counselor who texted me almost daily with pictures and short comments about how he was doing. This was huge in helping to manage MY anxiety. During the week he tried things I would have never dreamed he would try. He ate just fine, slept well, and made friends. My boy bloomed! When we picked him up at the end of the week he had a skip in his step and a smile from ear to ear. He was proud of himself, and completely at ease with the Ascendigo staff and the other campers. When a counselor asked if he would be coming back the next year he commented, “Maybe before that!” The next two summers Ben attended camp for two weeks each summer. We had the same experience with fantastic, competent counselors each year. As Ben was skillfully and compassionately pushed outside his comfort zone during camp, his confidence increased each year exponentially. The experience of successfully conquering his fears, time and time again, has decreased his anxiety dramatically, not just during camp, but also throughout the year. His teachers at school have commented often on the change. The decrease in anxiety has also had huge impacts on our family life. Ben’s sleep issues have completely resolved, and he is much more open to trying new foods. The biggest impact is in his level of general flexibility. Social stories and visual aides used to play a significant role in helping Ben cope with new experiences or changes in his schedule. We do not have to employ any of these things any longer. Ben has developed coping skills to deal with change, disappointment, and challenges in his every day life without the use of external tools. This has led to freedom…for Ben who now has less one-on-one time at school, and new challenging extra curricular activities he has chosen to pursue, and also for our family with more room for spontaneity and adventure. I truly believe these gifts are a direct result of his experiences at Ascendigo. We are so grateful there is a place like Ascendigo where Ben can continue to acquire the skills that will be necessary to live a productive and independent life as an adult. This camp is about SO much more than extreme sports! If you have further questions about our experience, please feel free to contact me directly. Sincerely, Karen Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Paige’s experience has provided her with true in-depth growth and independence. I have seen her personality sparkle as she excitedly tells me about her activities and sincere friendships. This was not always the case and the first time I picked her up after camp it was I that was speechless because of this newly super excited chatterbox! It was a fabulous first. There is such a sense of truly belonging – acceptance – fitting in and being a contributing member of the group, especially with the work program. Paige had such a fear of all animals other than our own pet dog Martha and there she was with such confidence working at the shelter actually walking a dog ! Terry could not believe it. I believe that Paige has developed a sense of self and has learned to be a vocal advocate – for herself and that she understands that she can make many personal choices. She is indeed now a young adult and feels acceptance. Her verbal skills improve every summer. She indeed talks so much more when she returns! The opportunity to participate in the work program has significantly impacted her ability to continue that path to independence in her day program here as she has learned to be responsible and give it her all. Paige has indeed learned both new soft and hard skills that will only continue to benefit in that challenging quest to have a rich and meaningful life inspire of challenges What is most fulfilling as a parent is to enjoy watching and experiencing her sense if joy each summer. Her days are filled with meaningful purpose. She is supported by an exceptional staff of well trained, compassionate and dedicated staff that are committed to providing the best possible person-centered experience. Knowing she has these very special friends, Feeling fulfilled and continuing to build her skill set means there is no end to the possibilities and potential for Paige. For that we are so thankful as a family and are humbly grateful to all those with Extreme Sports Camp. Indeed ESC is an exceptional team offering the best of the best, capturing those strengths and abilities – looking far beyond the differences! Cheers! Pat
Seriously, we can’t thank you enough for an amazing 2 weeks. We had a rough March-June with Luke and little sleep, so having that 2 week respite and knowing he was having the time of his life meant so much to both Steve and me, and his two older brothers as well. ESC is a godsend to our family. Not only because Luke is having an authentic, real and amazing experience but he is surrounded by so much energy and passion while he’s there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! We can’t wait for him to go back next summer.
Hi my name is Nereida Munoz , in November 2013 our son Alex was diagnosed with autism and ADHD, the diagnose was very hard for us, I asked for help for Alex no body help us , when I called Extreme Sports Camp they were very nice with me, they answer all my questions , they gave support to our family with the camp, to our son it was the best experience in his life, all he would talk was about the camp and the people in there, I don’t have the right words to say thanks to Extreme Sports Camp and all the wonderful staff, they open their doors to a family that was feeling alone with the diagnosis, I feel blessed thanks you so much with all our heart.
Through the efforts of the entire staff at Extreme Sports Camp, I have this opportunity to express that my family and I are very grateful that this program exists. My son, Juan Carlos, “Carlos, has been helped immensely. His physical and mental growth and his behaviors have improved not only within our relationship to him but also in school and in his daily life. We also are grateful because we have a day of rest. We recognize the huge efforts that everyone contributes within the office to make this happen, and also we recognize the individual skills trainers, the young men and women that extend their hand to these little ones and dedicate their time, efforts and dedication. Thank you for the daily fight and for all the love that you give him. Carlos will continue to grow and mature because you are there. With much endearment, gratitude and huge acknowledgement, Mom and Dad to Carlos Diaz.