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The HOTSTUFF (Helping Ourselves To Succeed Through Uniting Friends and Fun) after school and summer program is designed to meet the therapeutic, educational and recreational needs of children with severe behavioral, emotional and/or mental disabilities who would otherwise be rejected from traditional and/or community services due to their behaviors. The HOTSTUFF Program keeps the children involved and safe while participating in "fun" activities with a three to one staff/student ratio.


The HOTSTUFF program is a comprehensive, structured after school and summer program that services children ages 5 through 14. These children must have an IEP or a referral from an community agency that believes the child would benefit from our program. 

The HOTSTUFF program assists children with homework completion and academic enrichment focusing on math, reading, science,and computer skills. 

The children will also participate in structured, supervised physical and recreational activities, as well as positive social skill development. 

The children are also involved in crafts, cooking projects, and other enrichment activities. 

The children are rewarded for their positive behaviors with immediate rewards from the school store and also rewarded by earning special events, family trips and after school/summer camp field trips. Children must have an 85% appropriate behavior rating from their accumulated daily point sheets in order to access the positive incentives. These incentives encourage and structure the children to make positive choices. 

During the summer camp the children are taught to use a checking account system to monitor their points accumulation. They can purchase items in the program store with the checking account "monies."  We turn their good behaviors into a learning experience of positive self-management and the negative behaviors into a consequence so that they will see the difference in the outcomes.


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