On June 16th, the Gibush staff had the privilege of meeting with renowned author, advocate, educator, and mother, Elaine Hall. After her son was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Elaine worked in her local community to establish The Miracle Project, a foundation that provides musical theatre experiences to those on the spectrum.
This professional development experience was the capstone of a week of learning and familiarizing ourselves with Autism and Judaism. As a cohort we were able to learn and grow with one another to have a better understanding of our positions at camp this summer.
Elaine provided support and a unique Jewish perspective as both a professional and a parent. Being a part of the training allowed us as staff members to explore topics that resonated with us. Topics ranged from Jewish camping to calming meltdowns. The training helped ground us as a cohort and better familiarize us with our roles. As the Gibush program embarks on a summer of inclusive camping we aim to take Elaine’s suggestions and apply them to the Kutz 2016 session. The Gibush program works to help support teens with individualized needs in a holistic Jewish summer camp experience.
This was a once in a lifetime experience.
To learn more about the Gibush program please visit: http://kutzcamp.org/gibush/.
To learn about Elaine and her work you can read her books, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Making Miracles in the Classroom, and Now I See the Moon: A Mother, a Son, a Miracle.
This experience was very rewarding and we look forward to engaging our participants in new and exciting ways!
Elayna Cross, Gibush counselor, and Sierra Debrow, Co-Program Manager for the Gibush Program