Twenty Acre Wood in Truckee: A residential and#8216;retreatand#8217; for youth with Aspergerand#8217;s and non-verbal learning disorder | SierraSun.com

Twenty Acre Wood in Truckee: A residential and#8216;retreatand#8217; for youth with Aspergerand#8217;s and non-verbal learning disorder

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; High in the mountains above Truckee is a cabin surrounded by pines and a sky that seems to go on forever, the home of the Aspergerand#8217;s Retreat. It is called a and#8220;retreatand#8221; because itand#8217;s a warm, welcoming place. But and#8220;to retreatand#8221; also means to back away from a situation that isnand#8217;t working. Often life for young people isnand#8217;t working easily. Like an incubator, Retreat warms the whole environment so youths want to hear about and try the skills that lead to success.

Young people aged 13-23 are surrounded by trained young role models, who challenge and support them with every step. Participants learn at Retreat, you donand#8217;t have to run from people, but rely on them. Like a big summer family, Retreat offers special time for swimming, hikes, boating, supported backpacking, relaxing time and fun. Meg Fields, a psychiatric nurse with a degree in clinical psychology, her husband Michael, a mountain loving emergency room nurse and Kathy Allen, MA, an early pioneer in spectrum disorders treatment, share the leadership.

Date for 2011 are July 10-16. Contact Meg Fields, Psy. D. at 925-262-3135 or visit http://www.aspergersretreat.com.

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