camp new amigos
Camp New Amigos is Hearts for Autism’s flagship program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Camp New Amigos was created over a decade ago to serve children in the community with Autism. The camp is run in collaboration with New Mexico State University special education providers that serve the disorder. Camp is designed to have counselors engage children in physical activities and develop communication with peers. Activities for children at the camp include canoeing, horseback riding, archery, rock wall climbing, Zumba and much more. Camp New Amigos is run annually in June.
Camp New Amigos 2018 will be held June 4th – 15th
Contact Camp Director Dr. Tony Bobadilla at 915-820-4416 for specific questions about camp.
Camp P.A.L.S. is a camp designed to teach and foster social communication skills that utilize a video game-based theme for children with Autism. In partnership with the Special Education & Communication Disorder Department at New Mexico State University, the camp is housed at the Edgar R. Garrett Speech and Hearing Center. The camp is staffed by student clinicians and clinical educators who work with the campers on group dynamics, functional skills for effective group participation and conversation skills while also having a great time.
Hearts for Autism’s newest initiative is Camp iCan; a community-based camp for children with Autism. Through a partnership with Dona Ann Community College (DACC) Kids College and dedicated staff of the Las Cruces Public Schools, Camp iCan was born. Camp iCan is an innovative concept of delivering recreational activities for children with Autism in existing community camps and classes with typical peers. The camp consists of programs in the areas of art, science, technology, and physical fitness. The inclusion with typical peers helps foster social skills, friendship and how to be successful in a community environment.