Brehm’s Summer Program

Dates: June 25-July 22, 2017

Brehm’s Summer Program offers academics, adventures and social awareness for children with learning disabilities, ages 12 – 18.

Academics include math, reading comprehension, writing, social pragmatics and elective courses. Most weekday evenings will include recreation events on Brehm‘s campus or throughout the region, which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and activities. Brehm’s 100-acre campus features expansive greenery, a beautiful stream that divides the campus, two stocked ponds, a greenhouse and more.

Students enrolled at Brehm’s Summer Program come with a variety of challenges to academic, social or emotional success including, but not limited to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), Communication Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Processing and Memory Deficits, Tourette Syndrome, Anxiety, and Specific Learning Disability; defined as a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2017 Summer Program.

If you would like to apply please complete our online application today or call Brian Taylor at (618) 457-0371.

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Reading comprehension
Social pragmatics
Elective courses


Zip Lining


Social language groups
Team building
Executive Functioning skills
Healthy living
Life skills


The Brehm Arrowsmith Program will be offered, not required, during Brehm’s Summer Program for students enrolled at Brehm the following school year.

The Arrowsmith Program is a program based on the science of neuroplasticity that enables students to expand their learning capacities. The program targets lower functioning brain areas which are the underlying problems of learning disabilities. Through individualized and consistent brain exercises, neural synapses are changed and strengthened to work more efficiently.

Daily Arrowsmith Schedule

The Arrowsmith Program will be conducted for four periods during the academic portion of the summer schedule. The students will also participate in the experiential learning activities and residential program for the remainder of the day.

Please note that if you are interested in this opportunity and your student is new to the program, it is not a trial period, but a commitment. This means that they will be required to continue the Arrowsmith Program throughout the coming school year. 

Speech and Language

Brehm Summer Program has two full-time ASHA certified speech-language pathologists on staff. They conduct social language groups and work with students in the area of reading comprehension.

They provide direct therapy in perspective taking and impression making. Small groups of up to four students will meet daily to prepare students for more satisfying peer interactions and the larger group participation of the experiential half-day. Speech-language evaluations will be available on a contractual basis when scheduled prior to arrival.

Reading Comprehension classes will incorporate excerpts from fiction and nonfiction sources that follow the program themes. Assistive Technology software will be available for students during summer program.

The 2016 Brehm Summer Program theme is “Undaunted Courage,” which offers learning adventures and hands-on exploration in the area’s geology, history and Geosciences.  Themes will be based on Lewis and Clark’s historic journey across America. Set in beautiful southern Illinois Episode 4 will run from June 26 – July 23, 2016. Check-in for Summer Program is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. Programs will conclude and students can move-out starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23.

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2016 Academic Classes:

  • Media
  • Assistive Technology
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Social Pragmatic
  • Experiential

2016 Elective Classes:

  • Culinary Skills
  • Wrestling
  • Personal Training
  • African Drumming
  • Art
  • Yoga

Total number of students – 32

Total number faculty/staff – 30

Weekly Schedule


Morning Adventures or Experiential Learning
Afternoon Academics
Evening Electives


Overnight Trips

Boarding & Meals

There are three dorms for the summer program: one girl and two boy dorms. All dorms are fully staffed with experienced residential personnel who exemplify Brehm‘s family-style living environment.

All meals are included in the tuition. Meals will be provided in the Dining Hall on campus on most days during the summer program. Meals will also be provided during off-campus adventures.

The tuition for Brehm’s Summer Program, Undaunted Courage is $7,500 per student.

Below is a breakdown of tuition due dates:

  • $1,500 nonrefundable deposit due upon acceptance
  • Remaining $6,000 tuition due by May.
  • 5% discount on tuition if paid in full by April.

Download and complete the application today!

Summer Program Application

Return to completed application and additional items:

  • $75 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Brehm Summer Program
  • The most recent psycho-educational testing
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or a 504 Plan

to Brehm Summer Program via e-mail at, or mail to 950 South Brehm Lane, Carbondale, IL 62901, or fax to (618) 529-1248.

After your application packet is received, you will receive a call to schedule a phone interview, which must be completed before a decision is made on your child’s enrollment into Brehm’s Summer Program.

Brehm’s Counselor in Training program, is aimed towards young adults 17 and up, who want to learn leadership skills to allow them job opportunities as counselors in summer programs or who want to become more active leaders in their communities. These leadership programs teach young adults not only vital leadership skills, but also how to be more responsible, how to guide and encourage children without pressure as well as basic safety and first aid skills. By the end of Brehm’s CIT program,participants will be armed with the necessary prerequisites to apply as a full counselor to any of the many summer camps/programs.

Levels of Expertise: Participants come to Brehm’s CIT program with a variety of leadership experiences or none at all. Each camper will finish the program armed with the experience they need to be successful leaders.

Highlights: CIT programs offer participants a chance to work hands-on with younger campers, as they assist the full-fledged counselors in a kind of on-site training.

Learning Skills: CIT participants will learn how to work with children, how to plan activities, coworker relations, how to deal with difficult children and many other vital skills a summer program counselor needs.

Counselor in Training participants will receive a weekly stipend and a discount on the price of tuition for Brehm’s Summer Program. They will also receive a letter of reference upon successful completion of the CIT program.

Application forms for the CIT Program may be obtained by mailing

Please note: CIT participants will be required to attend a two-hour orientation program prior to beginning their service. Applicants are placed in order of the date application is received, so get your application in as soon as possible!

Christine Strusz has worked in the educational and recreational field for 15 years. Christine has worked at Brehm in several capacities for the past 13 years. Christine has been a girls’ basketball coach, soccer coach, yearbook sponsor, an experiential learning coordinator, a technology liaison, and a faculty member in the area of Photography, Art, and Computer Technology course (PACT) at Brehm. She and a team of faculty and speech and language pathologists developed Brehm’s Summer Program in hopes of creating a fun filled learning adventure for students with learning disabilities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design and is currently pursuing a masters in educational leadership.

Regional Highlights

The scenery in this southernmost region of Illinois is perhaps the best in the state.


A lively campus feeds an eclectic downtown.

Home to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale bustles with a busy historic district lined with shops and restaurants. A vibrant theater community makes its home at Shyrock Auditorium. While nearby parks, year-round golf and the popular Shawnee Hills Wine Trail tempt visitors with even more ways to spend a getaway here.


A mini artist colony next door to Giant City State Park.

Shops and local works of art fill the town’s one-block boardwalk. For a day of hiking, head to the trails of Giant City State Park, capped off by a night at an impressive lodge that serves world-famous fried chicken. Next door to the park, rolling hills and bluffs challenge golfers with a scenic course that skirts the Shawnee National Forest.


Gateway to Garden of the Gods and other outdoor adventures.

Every adventure needs a home base. And for outdoor enthusiasts, that home base is Harrisburg, where overnight accommodations include everything from a cabin to a tree house. By day, lace up your boots and head to nearby Garden of the Gods, explore the popular River to River Trail, or hike deep into the Shawnee National Forest.

Pomona/Alto Pass/Cobden

Postcard-perfect stops along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

A winery known for its fruit vintages nestles into the woods and greets explorers with wine tastings after hiking the nearby Little Grand Canyon. If you want to skip the hike, head for a 90-foot natural bridge hidden along a trail. And if you’re looking for more tastings? Follow the wine trail to nearby Alto Pass and Cobden.

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