Backyard Camping

A video modeling the strategy of handling fear by drawing what you’re afraid of. 

Watch the video together with children, and (if children are verbal) talk together about what helps them when they are scared or anxious. Next time they’re feeling that wayhelp them draw it out (or try another strategy that might help, such as deep belly breaths).  

Created by Exceptional Minds, nonprofit academy and post-production studio for people with autism. 


Written By   

Jacob Lenard, David Miles, Adam Schuering, Ryan Oldis 

with Howie Hoffman, Creative Director 


Directed / Produced By  

Jacob Lenard and David Miles 

with Howie Hoffman and Scott Sackett, Supervising Directors, and Jon Clark, Supervising Producer. 


Animation & Design  

Carter Capps 

Jacob Lenard 

Tristan Maillet 

David Miles 

Adam Schuering 

Stephen Storti 

Andrew Turney  

with additional animation and design contributions from Michael Cicerelli, Craig Hills, and  

Dylan Carbonell and Michael Shiu.  


Music Scored at Spectrum Laboratory  

Chris Acevedo – Bass 

Maya Danovitch – Vibraphone, Cymbals, Clarinet, Harp 

Max McGinley – Acoustic Guitar 

Spencer Griffin – Electric Guitar, Vibraphone and Flute 

Atticus Jackson – Percussion arrangement 

Lucas Salusky – Sound Effects 

with Garth Herberg – Composer, Piano/Drums Arranger