Whole Brain Art Camp

Come experience art making from a fresh, brain-integrated perspective!

  • June 25-29, 9:00-11:00am: Students entering 2nd and 3rd grade
  • July 9-13, 9:00-11:00am: Students entering 4th and 5th grade

Integrated Skills:

Daily warm-up exercises with an OT focus, fine and gross motor skills, design and expression skills, written and verbal presentation skills, and social skills.

Day 1: Blind contour drawing – Sharpie and oil pastel

Day 2: Musical abstract painting – background and foreground using Tempera paint

Day 3: Mathematical design tessellations – Sharpie and scissors

Day 4: Linoleum block printmaking – spatial drawing

Day 5: Linoleum block printmaking – image transfer, matte and artist’s statement

Cost: $75 per week

To register, call 616-530-2224 or email info@encourageinstitute.com.

Job Postings

EnCourage Institute is looking for an intervention specialist/educational therapist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

The positions, required qualifications and application procedures are described in the documents below.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018 and continue until the positions are filled.

EnCourage BCBA 2019 Job Posting

EnCourage Intervention Specialist 2018 Job Posting

Summer Registration is Now Open!

Our summer programs begin June 11 and go through August 31.  We are offering 5 and 10 week summer clinics in addition to our year-round services: Educational Therapy, tutoring, Cogmed, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, Developmental Therapy, FRIENDS therapy groups and PLAY Project.  For more information or to register, call (616) 530-2224.

Summer Clinics

  • Session I (5 weeks): June 11 to July 13
  • Session II (5 weeks): July 16 to August 17

Note: Students may register for one or both sessions

Clinics have a maximum teacher-student ratio of 1:4, and students are grouped according to age and specific learning goals.

  • Reading – focused on decoding and comprehension
  • Writing – focused on composition of different types of texts, spelling and grammar/mechanics
  • Math – focused on (re)building concepts and skills

Summer Intensive Reading Clinic

Sessions I and II (10 weeks): June 11 – August 17

Our intensive reading clinic is for students going into grades 2-5 with severe reading difficulties.  A pre- and post-clinic reading evaluation is included.

Educational Therapy

Educational Therapy is available throughout the summer.  Educational Therapy is not tutoring – it is intensive, individualized educational interventions for children and adults with learning challenges.  For more information about Educational Therapy, click here.


Summer is a great time for your child to do Cogmed Working Memory Training.  Many families find it easier to fit the training into their schedules in the summer, when they don’t have homework or other school responsibilities.  For more information about Cogmed, click here.

Therapy for Children with Autism, Asperger’s or Developmental Delays

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, DIRect Connections Developmental Therapy, DIR-FRIENDS groups and PLAY Project® will continue to be offered throughout the summer.  Click on any of the services above for more information.


Tutoring is available for any student, with or without a diagnosed disability, and it may be in an individual or small group setting.  Tutoring is ideal for:

  • 1-on-1 support for summer school classes
  • keeping up skills over the summer
  • jump-starting skills for fall (Session II)

Click here for more information about tutoring.

Summer 2015 – Sessions Now Open!

Summer Session 1 – June 15 to July 24 (6 weeks)
Summer Session 2 – July 27 to August 21 (4 weeks)

sun+w_bookWe have a wide variety of summer options for students to participate in either short term or summer-long interventions.

  • Intensive Reading Clinic (for students going into grades 2-5 with severe reading difficulties)
  • Reading & Writing Clinics (for K-12 students experiencing difficulties in reading, writing, or language arts)
  • Math Clinic (for 1st-8th grade students)
  • Educational Therapy (one-on-one educational therapy for K-12 students experiencing significant learning struggles)
  • Tutoring (support for summer school classes, keep up skills over the summer, or jumpstart skills for fall)
  • ACT Preparation (for students taking the ACT on September 13)
  • Cogmed Working Memory Training
  • Autism Interventions: I-ChAT, DIR-FRIENDS social groups, private interventions

For more information or to register, contact our office at (616) 530-2224.