Marylhurst University concludes another successful Creative Arts Day Camp – where miracles happen every day, according to the West Linn Tidings.
Lillieth Grand creates a force field of energy around her Marylhurst Creative Arts Day Camp for special needs children.
“Oh my gosh, things are going brilliantly!” Grand said. “We’re already seeing little miracles. Two little girls became best friends on the first day of camp. When we asked everyone to draw pictures of something that makes them happy, they drew pictures of each other. One little girl wouldn’t do anything on the first day of camp. Today she is doing everything.
“Our campers are getting so much out of this experience. This is a very special camp. There are so many moments that are really special.”
All of the games, activities and fun are aimed at children who need an extra boost up in life. The kids at Creative Arts Camp must deal with such challenges as severe neurological impairment or chromosomal disorder, autism or severe anxiety.
Grand gets outstanding assistance from her camp counselors, who are all music therapy students at Marylhurst University.
Keeping an eye on everything is camp nurse Karen Pyeatt, a West Linn resident who has 32 years of nursing experience, much of it treating school children.
Pyeatt is part of a big West Linn imprint on the camp. Of the 24 campers, one fourth of them are from West Linn. When the first week of camp ended, the children had shown much improvement in self-regulation, social skills, impulse control and engagement with others.
“This a camp where everyone wins,” Grand said. “The word ‘glad’ doesn’t even begin to describe the way I feel about it.”
This news item is an excerpt from an article by Cliff Newell published in the West Linn Tidings, July 22, 2016. >> Read the full article on PamplinMedia.com
The Creative Arts Day Camp for children with and without special needs is a one-week, half-day program where children have access to creative arts (music, art, drama, poetry, dance/movement). Activities reinforce the ideal of achieving one’s maximum potential in a friendly and adaptive environment that fosters success.