About Us

Connections: Social Skills Camp (CSSC) is a summer day camp program based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The purpose of CSSC is to provide campers who have social difficulties with direct social skills instruction as well as immediate opportunities to practice the skills they have learned in real life settings. Campers learn how to be more flexible thinkers with the help of SUPERFLEX, the UNTHINKABLES and THINKABLES (Superflex curriculum, Michelle Garcia Winner & Stephanie Madrigal). Connections: Social Skills Camp helps campers to generalize their social thinking skills across settings.  While our camp is specifically designed for kids who have social deficits related to high functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD, social anxiety, pragmatic language disorders and other related conditions, we believe that all kids can benefit from the lessons taught and welcome typically developing children to attend camp too.

Our Mission

Connections: Social Skills Camp provides children who have social difficulties with opportunities to develop their social thinking skills in a fun group atmosphere around the Eden Prairie, Minnesota community. We strive to provide meaningful instruction in natural environments that the kids will encounter often, which is something that is challenging to achieve in a traditional school setting.

Program Description

Connections: Social Skills Camp is specifically designed to give students entering third through eleventh grade the opportunity to directly learn and practice social skills in an affirming and supportive small group environment in the community.  Social skills are taught using various curricula including Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner and Thinking About You Thinking About Me by Michelle Garcia Winner. Connections Social Skills Camp is pleased to be partnering with AuSM again this summer to offer two social skills camp sessions during summer 2016.

Many students who struggle to form social relationships respond well to direct instruction, role-playing, and structured, cooperative activities. CSSC is targeted toward students who need extra instruction and practice in order to successfully navigate social situations. CSSC is a good fit for students who experience difficulty with social interactions due to autism spectrum disorders, Asperger Syndrome, attention disorders, language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, non-verbal learning disorders and/or anxiety disorders.  Some skills will be practiced more than once, through a variety of activities, but new topics will be introduced each day as well. Because the camp sessions are small, lessons can be tailored to meet individual and group needs.

Please Note

Connections: Social Skills Camp is open to students who are able to work safely in a small group setting and are able to independently manage self-care needs.  CSSC maintains a ratio of approximately 4 campers per staff member.  Acceptance into our program is based on our ability to meet each camper’s needs.  CSSC is appropriate for high functioning students who want to learn new skills and need the confidence, experience and practice to successfully take part in conversations and social exchanges. We are committed to making sure that all students have the best possible experience. Children with primary behavioral or emotional issues, or those who have difficulty controlling and managing behavior in a structured small group learning environment, may be best served in another program. Before acceptance into CSSC, Individual Education Plans are reviewed by staff to gain a better picture of each child’s needs in order to make sure that CSSC is the best fit for each camper.

Erin Watt and Rebecca Platt Willette are looking forward to their eighth year as directors of Connections: Social Skills Camp. When they’re not planning and running camp, both Erin and Rebecca are special education teachers in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and busy raising their young sons. They are passionate about teaching social skills and love that they are able to facilitate student learning in real life situations around the community.