Some campers learned a few new dance moves this week at a revamped summer camp for special-needs children in Costa Mesa.
Halfway through the Camp of Creative Minds, which is eight weeks and serves children ages 5 to 18 who have autism or other related disorders, the participants learned the Macarena and Cupid Shuffle as part of Arts and Crafts/Music and Movement Week.
Now in its third year, the summer spinoff from Creative Solutions for Hope, which provides behavior services for children, has switched from weekly field trips to focusing on skills.
The first two years, campers went to places like Color Me Mine, Boomer's and Balboa Island, founder Asha Bhakta said.
She changed the curriculum to give them more time to work on behavior. They learn one new activity per week.
Each Monday, supervisors assess each child's skills then set behavioral goals for the week. Everything is individualized, Bhakta said.