Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Camp Delafield

Friday, May 03, 2013

Camp Delafield, a summer day camp for children with dyslexia/specific learning disabilities, is heading into its 24th summer. In order to ensure that Camp Delafield has enough scholarship dollars for campers (well over 50% of campers receive scholarships each summer), Sun King Brewing is partnering with Camp Delafield for a Cheers to Camp! event on Wednesday, May 15th from 4:30-7pm.

Founded in 1990, Camp Delafield was the first program conducted by the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (DII). Camp Delafield is a day camp for youth ages 7-12 with dyslexia – 60 campers attend over two four-week sessions each summer. The camp is located at Jenn Park, in Lawrence, and includes a pond, nature trail, and a building with a full kitchen and plenty of room for academic and recreational activities.

Camp Delafield is a unique experience, as it has an academic focus, as well as a recreational focus. Every morning, campers rotate through four one-hour academic sessions: one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring, written expression, applied mathematics, and art. Two times each week, Theater of Inclusion joins Camp Delafield in place of art to work with the campers on goal setting, time management, team building, social skills, and motivation. The afternoons provide a nice balance to the academic mornings. Campers participate in field trips, swimming, sports, activity groups, mystery guests, ropes course work, and much more! Camp Delafield’s goal is to affect the whole child – not only are academics gains made – campers leave camp with an improved self-confidence and attitude.

So what is dyslexia? The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a “specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and reading abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” To simplify the definition, dyslexia is difficultly with language, and no two individuals with dyslexia experience the same difficulties. It is estimated that 15%-20% of the population has dyslexia, although the severity varies.

The statistics tell a scary story when it comes to learning disabilities. The dropout rates of children with learning disabilities is incredibly high – 44% of females and 57% of males (National Adult Literacy Survey). 50% of juvenile delinquents tested were found to have undetected learning disabilities (National Center for State Courts and the Educational Testing Service). Early intervention is crucial and that is what makes Camp Delafield such an important step in the road to success of a child with dyslexia. In just four weeks, campers can see improvements in reading and spelling of one grade level!

The Dyslexia Institute of Indiana (DII), the parent nonprofit of Camp Delafield, is the number one provider of dyslexia services and information in the state of Indiana. DII’s services include one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring, educational testing, school support services, training, information nights, parent support group, and kids’ group.

For more information on DII’s services and resources or to make a donation, or call 317-222-6635.

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