FAQs for Confident Kids Camp DC Metro

FAQs for Confident Kids Camp DC Metro

How can I tell if camp is full?

The best way to tell if camp is full is by sending an email to drscharfstein@therapyrockville.com. If camp is full, you will get an email response, with an option to be added to the waitlist and to explore other possible treatment options.

How do lead-in sessions work?

Lead-in sessions are conducted prior to CKC-DC Metro to establish speech between your child and his or her counselor. By having this session prior to camp, your child will enter camp more comfortable with his/her counselor and more prepared to make significant gains in verbal communication each day. The sessions last approximately two to three hours and take place at Rockville Therapy Center LLC, Rockville, Maryland. During this time, the camp director or leaders will work with you and your child to establish speech to the greatest extent possible using behavioral intervention methods (stimulus fading and shaping). Then, the camp director will work with your child and his or her counselor to increase comfort and transfer that established speech to the counselor.

What if my child doesn’t talk during the lead-in session?

Communication during the lead-in session is important, as we have structured activities and outings that we want all campers to be able to participate in during CKC-DC. If we are continuing to work to establish speech during the camp itself, your child would lose out on important therapeutic activities. For that reason, we will do all we can to facilitate your child’s speech during the lead-in session. If, despite everyone’s best efforts, your child in unable to communicate verbally (a relatively rare circumstance), one of two options will result based on the first lead-in. We will either (a) recommend scheduling an additional lead-in session for you child, or (b) provide you with documentation and recommendations for your child, as he or she may be better suited for other treatment options at this time. A portion of your camp fee will be refunded if your child is not able to attend camp.

How can I prepare my child for the lead-in session?

Keep your discussions about the lead-in sessions simple but honest. Let your child know that s/he will be meeting a few nice people and that everyone will be playing games and getting to know each other. Your child may also feel more comfortable to know that a parent will be involved in the session until they feel comfortable with the CKC-DC staff (unless otherwise indicated). You can let your child know that the adults will help them feel more brave, but avoid giving them the specifics that communicating in the session is a necessity. We don’t want to put even more pressure on your child who already might be experiencing some nerves. You can also increase his or her motivation to practice being brave in the lead-in by letting your child know that you can stop for a special treat on the way home. Feel free to also bring in any items from home that your child will be especially interested to play with during the lead-in session and that may help them feel more comfortable during the appointment.

Where can I find Rockville hotels?

Cambria Hotel and Suites
1 Helen Heneghan Way
Rockville, MD 20850
P: (301) 294-2200
Walking distance to camp

Best Western Plus
1251 W Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
P: (301) 424-4940

Even Hotel
1775 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
P: (301) 881-3836

Hilton
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
P: (301) 468- 1100

What is parent boot camp/training?

Parent boot camp/training is included in the price of camp and is a valuable supplement to your child’s individualized treatment. Each day while children are in camp, parents have the opportunity to learn in a 1.5 hour training session from 1pm-2:30pm with Dr. Scharfstein. You will be taught strategies to successfully decrease your child’s anxiety and increase his or her verbal communication. While attendance at training is not required, it is strongly recommended and highly beneficial for campers’ parents.

Can we bring siblings to CKC-DC?​

While siblings cannot attend CKC-DC Metro camp activities throughout the day, free babysitting services are offered during the parent boot camp/training! Siblings can be in the parent boot camp sessions with you, but parents often find this to be distracting. The babysitting option provides a location down the hall where you can drop off children during these meetings.

What do I (parents) do during the day while my child attends camp?

Outside of attending the daily parent ‘boot camp’ (described above), there is plenty for you to do nearby in the DC Metro Area. There are many restaurants, coffee shops, and stores within walking distance from camp.

What is your cancellation policy?

If a cancellation occurs before July 1st, a portion of the amount paid by a family will be refunded. After July 1st, NO REFUNDS will be given for cancellations.