Twenty Acre Wood in Truckee: A residential ‘retreat’ for youth with Asperger’s and non-verbal learning disorder |

Twenty Acre Wood in Truckee: A residential ‘retreat’ for youth with Asperger’s and non-verbal learning disorder

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – 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 Asperger’s Retreat. It is called a “retreat” because it’s a warm, welcoming place. But “to retreat” also means to back away from a situation that isn’t working. Often life for young people isn’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 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

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