Ask the Nurse: Searching for a Suitable Summer Camp
Question: My child has special needs and I would like for him to go to camp this summer. Where do I begin to look for a suitable place?
Answer: There are camps designed specifically for children with special needs. These camps take children with issues ranging from developmental differences, like autism or intellectual disabilities, to medical issues like diabetes and cancer and to those who are technology dependent like children on ventilators. These types of camps may be a good option for your child.
These camps have environments which are geared towards a child with special needs. They also offer the opportunity to socialize with peers who have the same disability. In addition, it is an opportunity for networking with other families and the fact that all activities will be appropriate for the type of disability for your child is always a plus.
You can search the web for “special needs camps” or “camps for children with special needs”
Listed here are some examples of camps for special needs children.
- ADHD: Search ADHD Summer Camp Directory
- Cancer: Search Camps for Children With Cancer
- Celiac Disease: Search Gluten-Free Summer Camps
- Congenital Heart Disease: Search Camp Taylor
- Diabetes: Search Camps for Children With Diabetes
- Medical/Serious Illness: Search Hole in the Wall Camps
- Tourette Syndrome: Search Tourette Syndrome Camp Association
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This post originally appeared on our March/April 2013 Magazine