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Meet Alan and Kevin Bambic

New Avenues began our adventure into children’s programming over 15 years ago.  Along the way, we have connected with many wonderful families, several of whom have children who still attend our programs—New Avenues Summer Camp and Swim, Gym & More. One of these families is the Bambic family. Kevin and Alan, now ages 16 and 17, respectively, began attending New Avenues Summer Camp at ages four and five. They have been attending ever since, and also have participated in Swim, Gym & More for many years.

Vicky Bambic, Alan and Kevin’s mother,  likes New Avenues Children’s Programs because they provide a wide variety of activities with something that appeals to all different types of children.

Even though both Kevin and Alan have autism, they are, as is often the case with siblings, very different kids. Alan, the older of the two brothers, is very social and verbal.  He enjoys coming to Summer Camp so he can see the staff and all of his friends.  He always knows what the scheduled special event is for the day, and it’s the first thing he asks about when he arrives.  Alan prefers indoor activities, so Music Therapy, art class, cooking projects, and crafts are among his favorite things. Alan also loves to perform, so one of the special events that he particularly looks forward to is the Talent Show. But, he enjoys participating in other activities like the pony rides, the carnival, and the Awards Assembly on the last day of camp, as well.

Kevin, on the other hand, prefers to do everything outdoors. Kevin is non-verbal and more laid back. If he could, he would spend the whole day outside taking walks, swinging and just enjoying nature.  Kevin enjoys sensory activities that involve different textures like finger-painting and shaving cream. Kevin also enjoys looking at the colored lights in the Sonada Room, a special room designed for children who respond well to sensory input. But, Kevin’s favorite thing at Summer Camp is the pool.  He loves to go swimming and is perfectly content to stay in the water as long as he can.

New Avenues Summer Camp is more than just a fun place to go.  It also provides Extended School Year (ESY) services to campers who qualify. ESY services help children continue to work on goals established during the school year. This summer Alan worked on math goals, including counting money to make purchases. Kevin worked on maintaining calm behavior and his communication skills.  Since Kevin is non-verbal, he uses a communication book to express his wants and needs. He is learning how to make three to four word sentences using his communication book.

Mrs. Bambic said that the boys have had the opportunity to attend other summer programs, but because they both enjoy New Avenues Summer Camp so much and continue to make progress on goals, the family chooses to keep enrolling them.

Kevin and Alan are now enjoying another season of Swim, Gym & More!