SOAR - Success Oriented Achievement Realized - is a long-time sponsor of Attention Research Update that offers a variety of outdoor adventure programs that are designed to provide a positive, exciting, and successful experience for children and teens with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. A description of the SOAR program is provided below and may be of interest to some of the families that you work with.
You can also learn more about SOAR at www.soarnc.org.
David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
** SOAR - Success Oriented Achievement Realized **
Success Oriented Achievement Realized features success-oriented, high adventure programs for preteens, teens and adults with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (AD/HD). Emphasis is placed on developing self-confidence, social skills, problem-solving techniques, a willingness to attempt new challenges and the motivation, which comes through successful goal orientation.
SOAR's nationally recognized program has successfully challenged young people since 1975. Operating out of Balsam, North Carolina and Dubois, Wyoming, the SOAR staff lead expeditions throughout the Southeast, Florida Keys, Caribbean, Rockies, Desert Southwest, and California. The out-of-doors provides an ideal classroom where relevant learning can occur and life skills can be taught. Adventure activities include: wilderness backpacking, horsepacking, llama trek, rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, wildlife studies, fly fishing, mountaineering, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and wilderness medicine. Summer expeditions range from two to four weeks in length and can be linked together for a longer experience. Shorter adventures of three to six days are planned for the spring, fall and winter. Semester-length courses are available in the spring and fall.
This summer SOAR is also hosting a program on the campus of the Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale, IL, providing a more traditional summer camp opportunity for children who may not be as interested in outdoor adventures.
We offer a unique Postgraduate Adventure, specifically for young adults ages 18-25, which focuses on developing life skills and the transition into adulthood. This 18-day program is based out of Balsam, NC and includes a week trip to the Outerbanks, NC.
Participants include young men and women, between the ages of eight and twenty five, who are of average or above average intelligence and physical aptitude. Such an individual may have been identified as having a specific learning deficit or diagnosed with AD/HD and may be characterized as an underachiever in the traditional academic setting. The only ability required of participants is that they be able to enjoy the beautiful out-of-doors and be willing to challenge themselves. Youth who are diagnosed with emotional or behavioral handicaps or are demonstrating significant behavioral problems are discouraged from applying.
Experiential learning activities allow each student many opportunities to discover and develop his or her own learning abilities. The result is an individual who is cognizant of personal strengths and more willing to confront areas of challenge. Each student comes to view life as a series of challenges and opportunities, rather than a series of problems, just as the students come to view themselves as problem-solvers, rather than only part of the "problem."
To learn more about SOAR, please visit www.soarnc.org
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