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Annual SFU Social Science Camp

The SFU Social Science Camp will not be held in 2020. We look forward to holding our camp again in 2021!

2019 SFU Social Science Camp

Our 8th annual SFU Social Science Camp took place on July 13th and July 20th 2019. This year's theme was "Superheroes: Finding my Super Powers". All children received an SFU Social Science Camp T-shirt and made an exciting assortment of crafts!
The SFU Social Science Camp is a FREE, fun, and educational camp for children aged 7-12 with or without Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). These camps took place in July at the SFU campus in Burnaby. Camp volunteers are composed of SFU faculty, students, and community professionals.

Details for registrants:

1. The camp for children without a diagnosis of ASD took place on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9am - 3pm. The camp for children with a diagnosis of ASD took place on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9am - 3pm.

2. Part of the camp involves your child participating in a research study. The research study requires minimal participation; the majority of the day is devoted to fun crafts and interactive game activities. During the study, your child will be asked to play a series of fun computer games, word games, puzzles, etc.  Your child will be given the option to participate and he or she can chose to withdraw from the study at any time. Parents will receive a summary of the results once the study is finished so you can benefit from the information we have learned. Parents/ caregivers will be required to submit the required consent forms and questionnaires before the camp starts.  Please note that for ethical reasons, we can only provide group results (children without ASD and children with ASD) and not individual test scores.  All data collected is kept confidential and is for research purposes only.

Free Workshops:

The ADDL hosted three free workshops during available for anyone interested in attending! This included caregivers of children enrolled in the camp, and any community members! All workshops were free to attend and will take place at room RCB 8100 on the SFU Burnaby Campus.

July 13th - 10:00 am to 11:30 am - Anxiety and Depression in Childhood - Presented by Gisella La Madrid, MA, RCC - Strong Ties
About: Gisella La Madrid is a child and family therapist with knowledge and experience using play and expressive therapy with children to help with anxiety and worries, social difficulties, ADHD, oppositional behaviour, and more. She is the former Lab Manager of the ADDL and currently provides support for children, parents, and families. Gisella's website is

July 20th - 10:00 am to 11:30 am - Strategies for Achieving Diet and Exercise Goals for Individuals with ASD and Intellectual Disability - Presented by Scott Howe, Special Olympics BC
About: Special Olympics BC is an organization committed to engaging neurodiverse individuals in sport and leisure, providing health and exercise education, and promoting inclusion. Scott Howe will be presenting on various strategies for individuals and caregivers to achieve their goals for improving diet and increasing exercise and physical activity.

July 20th - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Autistic Intersections - Presented by Vivian Ly, Autistics United Canada
About: Autistic self-advocates from Autistics United Canada ( will speak about autistic identity and its intersections with gender, race, sexual orientation, poverty, and other disabilities. Topics include neurodiversity, effective allyship, universal design, and disability justice. Presenters have requested questions to be provided ahead of time.

Media and News Reports:

To view the video of our 2012 camp for children with ASD click here.
To view the video of our 2012 camp for children without ASD click here.

To view a story on the camp by SFU News, click here.

Here are some comments from parents: "Kudos and many thanks for your efforts!"; "Thank you for this worthwhile camp, my son enjoyed it immensely and would like to come again! Good luck with your research"; “the kids had a fantastic time!”; "Great work! My son really enjoyed the camp and asked me to sign him up next year”