Twenty Acre Wood: A residential overnight and#8220;retreatand#8221; for youth with Asperger’s in Truckee | SierraSun.com

Twenty Acre Wood: A residential overnight and#8220;retreatand#8221; for youth with Asperger’s in Truckee

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE , Calif. and#8212; High in the mountains above Truckee is a big cabin surrounded by pines and a sky that seems to go on forever is the home of the Asperger’s Retreat. It is called a and#8220;retreatand#8221; because it’s a warm, welcoming place. But and#8220;to retreatand#8221; also means to back away from a situation that isn’t working. Often life for our young people often isn’t working easily. Like an incubator, Retreat warms the whole environment so youth 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. Youth learn at Retreat, you don’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.