We've been talking a lot about the itty bitties... the kindergartners and the first graders. Well for my 2nd - 4th grade, I bumped up the group slightly. We follow the same format - assessment, psychoeducation, and the CBT core. But I added a few extra things. Some of the 2nd graders (and lower functioning 4th graders), really liked Calvin and Austin. So we continued with them. But I found this program, called Camp Cope A lot. Many years ago, I had purchased a program called "The Coping Cat", for kids with anxiety. I really loved the program and my regular education kids did too. But I knew that my kids with ASD needed something with TECHNOLOGY. I am not going to lie. If it's on the computer, they would do it (I even used to videotape myself doing a lesson, which often would greatly increase attention!). Anyway, this program, Camp Cope A Lot, is made by the same people, Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP & Muniya Khanna, Ph.D. out of Temple University and University of Pennsylvania. The previews looked great and I was fortunate to have a boss and program that had the resources to purchase it for my group. I bought, I think, 10 licenses. It's a program that you can essentially do one "chapter" each session or every other if you are using it as an adjunct. I liked to do the lesson one week and then do a review of the concepts and a check for comprehension the next week. Repetition was great for my kids. They absolutely loved this program and I am not sure if it was because the main character, Charlie, was a cat or if it was because they could see some of themselves in Charlie. Didn't matter, they asked to see Charlie and would problem solve "for Charlie". The program also has a writing portion where the student adds in their own content.
Here's what the website site says about the program:
- No formal training in cognitive-behavioral therapy required
- Requires fewer therapists hours (approximately 6 hours per child for the 12 sessions)
- Child-paced interactivities including problem solving, changing self-talk, and identifying somatic signs of anxiety
- Downloadable (MP3) relaxation script
- Includes a selection of videos of other children engaging in exposure tasks and using coping strategies
- Includes a built-in reward system
- Contains all needed treatment materials
- Comes with printable Coach’s Manual (treatment manual) and Go-To-Gadget (child workbook)
Click on the image below to go to the website for more information.