Make the Most of Summer Camp

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Circulation: 78,496
ISSN: 1538-320
March 30, 2010

Camper climbing a rock wallSummer vacation often poses a challenge for parents of children with special needs.

This break from school is a great time for your children to pursue their interests in specialized programs while relaxing and having fun. Find activities that offer positive and rewarding experiences that foster independence and self-esteem.

It's time now to start planning your family's summer schedule.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you'll find information on summer planning, guidance about choosing an activity to fit your child's needs, and resource directories of special programs.

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Finding the Right Camp for Your Child

Some camps are for military children. Some camps are free. Some camps offer scholarships. Some camps are designed specifically for children with special needs. Some camps are highly structured, others have a more relaxed environment.

When choosing a summer program, it's important to consider your child's age, interests, and personality. Find more information on the Youth Programs and Summer Camps page.

 
Kids swimming at summer camp

Youth Programs and Summer Camps

Take some time to talk with your child about a summer camp experience and include them in the decision-making process.

To help you consider what works well for your child and what programs will suit your child's needs, check out what's available at Resources and Camp Directories.

 
Kids at summer camp

Summer Planning for Military Kids

Find a camp program for military kids from all branches of service.

Read tips on figuring out what your child needs, what your options are, how to pay for programs, and how to get the most from summer activities for military kids.

 
Morgan's Wonderland, San Antonio, TX

Morgan's Wonderland - Spreading Joy to Special Kids

Are you ready to play? Read Morgan's story and check out Morgan's Wonderland, the world's first ultra-accessible family fun park specially designed for children and adults with special needs. Grand opening is April 10, 2010, San Antonio, TX. (Reservations must be made before you visit.)

videoABC News featured Morgan's Wonderland where couldn't - shouldn't - can't is not part of the vocabulary.

 
Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

Yellow Pages for Kids

Need more help? Visit the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

Find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.

Free Listings in the Yellow Pages: Do you help parents get services for children with disabilities? Does your organization provide information and assistance? Do you facilitate a support or study group for parents?

If the answer is "Yes!" please complete the application to be listed on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state.

 

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