A STAAR Buddy acts as a one-on-one or one-on-two speech-language facilitator for campers. You are trained by a speech pathologist and special educator whose specialty area is in AAC to target speech and language goals through recreational and therapeutic activities.
Yes, you must be formally accepted into your school's program.
If selected, you would have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in:
Approximately 1/3 of all applicants are offered a position. Priority is given to returning buddies and applicants who can participate in all sessions. The more you volunteer, the more you learn.
Hours vary depending on the day and camp. Most days you are expected to arrive 30 minutes before camp begins and can leave when your camper does. Please see the individual camp pages for daily times.
No, we don't. We will, however, provide you with contact information for other buddies so that carpools can be arranged.
No. We will train you for all equine-based activities.
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