COLUMBIA, SC – July 30, 2014 –Governor Nikki Haley will visit Camp P.A.L.S. on Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, on the corner of Bull and Blanding St.

Camp P.A.L.S. is a theory-driven summer camp for children with social skills deficits including, but not limited to, Asperger’s, autism, ADHD and learning disabilities. It is a joint program of Lake Psychological Services, LLC and The Autism Academy of South Carolina, directed by post-doctoral fellow, Allison Randel, Psy.D.

Governor Haley will be participating in their social skills classes and physical activity games. The theme of the day will be “Fitting in, making new friends and preparing for school”.

Each week, the structured daily program focuses on specific skills, nutrition and sports. For instance, campers learned about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles when they had visitors from Earth Fare, Charleston Cooks, Farm to School and DHEC. Other key lessons include communication, team building, conflict resolution, sportsmanship and respect. The sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 24 through Aug. 7.

For more information on Camp P.A.L.S., visit

The Autism Academy of South Carolina strives to help children with autism acquire the skills necessary to become fully capable members of their communities, ultimately able to prosper without the need for the intensive intervention AASC provides.