Giant Steps is accepting applications for the position of Summer Camp Counselor.

Qualifications: Minimum of a High School Diploma. Preference given to counselors experienced in working with children or with college coursework in Special Education or Speech, Occupational or Music Therapy.

Job Description

Giant Steps Camp Counselor provides one–to–one support to a camper with Autism Spectrum Disorder
– Assists the camper to attend all activities on schedule
– Provides support to help the camper participate and complete activities
– Offers alternative activities as needed
– Encourages social interaction and communication with other campers and counselors
– Supervises the camper at all times to maintain safety

Giant Steps Camp Counselor supervises the camper to maintain safety while accessing community experiences
– Assists the camper on and off the bus
– Provides constant 1-1 supervision in the community
– Encourages interaction and independence as possible
– Engages the camper in social communication with others
– CELL PHONE USE is prohibited other than an emergency

Giant Steps Camp Counselor assists the camper with self-help skills as needed, while encouraging camper to complete tasks independently
– Dressing/undressing
– Toileting
– Eating snacks and lunch

Giant Steps Camp Counselor helps maintain camp organization
– Arrives and departs on time to work and bus
– Completes set up and clean up assignments
– Checks daily schedule to be prepared for student on arrival
– Interacts briefly with parent daily
– Completes daily written log sheet for parents
– Helps camper access therapy schedule
– Follows direction of camp leaders and director
– Supervises camper at all times
– Seeks assistance from camp leaders as needed
– Reports incidents to camp director and camp leaders
– Has fun and enjoys camp and your camper!

Download Camp Counselor application

Submit completed application to Giant Steps Camp Director Ashley Ploesser by email or fax to 314-932-1053

Social Skills

All Giant Steps students participate in social skills classes with small groups of peers, usually 2 to 4 children per session.

The Social Skills class was created with the primary goal to teach students how to learn skills such as; how to sit at a table with others, engage in an activity, take a turn, wait for others to play, and learn how to win and lose. When you walk into this class you will see a wide variety of games to entice every child, at every level and ability.

We have seen our children develop, and the teachers help the students learn how to appropriately interact with peers, as well as how to be cooperative in group settings.

Students may be building a pretend zoo, working intently in a social skills workbook, practicing imitation skills, or learning how to have conversations with friends. Others are building with Legos, or matching their faces to different emotions.

These activities allow the children to learn important social skills while experiencing a fun classroom environment.