Some benefits to camp for your special needs child include:
- Increased confidence and independence
- Spending time away from home and being sheltered but more independent
- Activity and exercise
- The opportunity to interact with other kids, develop friendships, and build relationships
- Meeting kids with similar exceptionalities and creating friends to share coping skills
- Positive role modeling by adults
- Exposure to new adults
- A chance for parents to have a much-needed break (perhaps a parent vacation)
Here are just a few resources we like (so far) for summer camps for those with special needs. In picking a camp, make sure a mainstreamed camp has accessible facilities and experience helping those with your child’s particular exceptionality.
This is a very comprehensive directory: http://www.veryspecialcamps.com
As well as this: http://www.kidscamps.com/specialneeds-camps.camp
Amazing equine therapy open to people with all sorts of special needs: http://www.ctrcinc.org/programs/camp.html
Parent Map has compiled a great list down to category. https://www.parentmap.com/article/summer-camps-for-kids-with-special-needs
Another great resource is your local religious community. They are often run religious specific camps for those with special needs. By way of example, JKidLA offers this list for those who live in the Los Angeles Area: http://www.jkidla.org/camps/day-camp/special-needs
When deciding a camp it is important to do your research! How did you decide on a camp? Did you find a gem you want to share with our readers?