During the week-long bicycle camp in the gymnasium at FAIR School in Crystal, the Kleins had 26 young customers selected by the Autism Society of Minnesota.
By helping campers understand the steps involved in simple things, such as playing with others, camp leaders hope the campers will fare better in school and on the playground.
NPR's Joseph Shapiro recently visited an unusual summer camp for such children in Washington, D.C. It was designed to teach crucial social skills -- like how to carry on a simple conversation, or talk on the phone, and, most of all, how to make friends.
At times G may seem uncooperative, this is not a sign of defiance or disrespect. It may be a time that he is overstimulated, or just very interested in what he is doing...
This year I finally worked out a solution: I started a camp for children on the spectrum at our school.
Help staff learn the positive aspects of your child, what reinforces him or her, what their interests are, what they are good at doing, as well as other issues that might arise.
Cicero-based Agape Therapeutic Riding Center has received a $2,050 grant to help fund a new summer adventure camp for teenagers and young adults with autism. The weeklong program will give participants three hours each day to do activities such as ride horses and experience "sensory integration," getting them comfortable with different sounds, textures and colors, said Kevin Allender, director of resource development at Agape.
Snoezelen is a multi-sensory stimulating environment specifically designed for individuals with severe sensory impairment, autism, or multiple disabilities.
Knowing how difficult it was for me to find a summer camp that understood Tourette's, I started compiling a list of summer camps that might be worth checking into if your child has Tourette's Syndrome, OCD, ADHD, etc.
Information about summer camps that focus on therapy for kids with special needs and/or respite for the kids and their families. I have broken it into national categories and regional categories in the USA.
Wesley Forest is a United Methodist Church camp. The first special needs camp, in 1989, had 10 campers and 8 counselors. Currently there are 2 camps and a weekend retreat serving over 50 campers