2017 Program Highlights
MOUNT ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY, DOHENY CAMPUS
As a valuable tool for expressing feelings and promoting empathy the camp will feature a specially designed program around theater created by Debra De Liso*, an actor and University of Southern California instructor. Debra is well known to camp alumni, having taught at our camp from 2007-2012. She will offer classes in improvisation and theater games, musical theater, clowning and mask work, and dance. Her sessions are appropriate for teens and young women who have varying exposure and experience in drama and/or music. A culminating performance of the work done in classes will be presented by the campers.
*Debra De Liso is a theater and dance artist with over thirty years of critically acclaimed work as an actor, director, choreographer, dancer, and writer
ORGANIZED RAP SESSIONS
Our counselors many of whom are young adult professionals with Turner Syndrome, will facilitate small group sessions and share their personal stories of growing up and succeeding despite the obstacles. Sensitive issues such as grades, dating, teasing and the inability to find real friends are explored. Campus grottoes provide an ideal setting. Self-esteem increases as the teens receive support and positive regard from peers and role models.
We need to reshape our perception of how we view ourselves.
Museum and Theater Visits
Los Angeles has world- class cultural attractions. Our program will include visits to art museums and evening excursions to 1-2 plays to introduce new experiences that increase aesthetic awareness, inspire creativity and stimulate curiosity and participation in the arts.
When I examine myself and my method of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.
- Albert Einstein
SWIMMING, HIKING AND HEALTHY EATING
Even a moderate walk counts as exercise. We will have access to hiking trails and a qualified coach who will provide examples of healthy eating to be followed at home. In addition we have an stunning outdoor pool and the schedule will include both supervised free swim and water aerobics classes. The cafe on campus, Bon Appetite has a gifted chef who accommodate gluten-free and all special dietary needs.
Registered nurses will supervise the administration of growth hormone and oral medications and provide teaching to help teens to acquire self-reliance in managing their condition.
Individual consultations at the Vidal Sassoon Academy will include hairstyling and make-up. The participants learn techniques to enhance assets and compensate for problem features to improve confidence and body image.
Presentation by Mitchell E. Geffner, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California, Division Chief of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Through a lively evening in a question and answer format, the participants improve their understanding of the cause of their condition, the growth-related therapies, induction of sexual development and the prospects or lack of fertility.
I would like to personally thank you for your personal and professional contributions to the TS Camp. This has been a powerful venue for both patient education and peer support. My patient, Amanda H., was so excited and uplifted after having attended I was sorry I had not been there as well.
- Patricia Donohoue, M.D., Children's Hospital of Iowa, 1994
My daughter said that no matter how good your friends are, no one understands you who does not have TS.
- New Jersey Parent, 2016
Alex from Atlanta sent the attached Instagram to Kaitlin, her camp room-mate in 2016 from the San Francisco Bay area. Both Alex and Kaitlin have given us permission to post.