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 What is Connect?

Connect is many things!

  • Social skills program
  • Summer camp
  • Social support network
  • Drama club

St. Gerard House's Connect program is a summer camp focused on building and polishing social skills for ages 6 to 19. Connect promotes wellness support for all children, regardless of diagnosis, whether the child has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum or other developmental needs. Connect also welcomes the child who is typically developing and could benefit from tips that can help them socialize with other kids.


Using a variety of social skills, Connect helps participants build their social and emotional toolboxes.

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Registration is now open for Connect Summer Camp 2020. Register early to ensure you can get in on the fun!

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What are the goals of Connect?

Connect strives to assist children and adolescents through interactive and age-appropriate activities, equipping them with tools to make social interaction easier and more reinforcing. At Connect, we focus on what we have in common and learn to tolerate our differences.

Handout on the curriculum used in the Connect program.

We seek to accommodate children and adolescents of various developmental levels and abilities to help them: build friendships, express themselves, solve problems, develop coping strategies, create positive learning opportunities and grow community.

Additional Benefits of Social Skills crop Good Social Skills

The Connect program is most effective for children and adolescents who are able to participate in small group settings and:

  • Follow group instruction with minimal prompting
  • Possess basic verbal skills
  • Have basic awareness of social behaviors
  • Pose no major risk of harm to self or others
  • Desire to improve and willingly participate

Download the application for new participants.               Application for returning Connect participants.

For more information on Connect and its programming, please contact Sharon Stokes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at 828.693.4223, extension 1010.

Additional Social Skills Resources

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