Camps for Kids with Special Needs
Advice for families and caregivers
Summer camp and Down syndrome
Summer camp and epilepsy
Summer camp and FXS
Summer camp and cerebral palsy
Summer camp and autism (Asperger syndrome, mid-level autism, severe autism)
Kids with celiac disease can attend gluten-free summer camps, where the food they are served will not contain gluten.
There are special summer camps for kids with Down syndrome, other year-round camps for people with a variety of special needs, including Down syndrome, and some that focus on therapy and respite care. Look into what is available and see if there is one that you and your daughter feel good about.
The Epilepsy Foundation works with certain camps to provide a safe environment for kids with epilepsy. In addition, other camps have also been created for kids with epilepsy. Check them out with your child and see if you feel comfortable that any would offer a positive and safe environment for your daughter.
Many camps offer a day-camp experience for people with a variety of developmental disabilities. Check them out and see if one of them feels right for your child. Some kids with FXS have had wonderful experiences at camp.
There are many camps that accept children and adults with cerebral palsy. And Easter Seals sponsors a variety of camps for people with different disability levels, including those with cerebral palsy. Try to visit a camp first to make sure it feels appropriate for your child.
A variety of camps have been created for kids with autism and other developmental disabilities, and some just for kids with autism. In addition, some camps provide therapy and respite for kids with various special needs.
How can I find someone to care for my child with special needs?
Care.com is a website that lists caregivers throughout the United States who provide assistance to people with special needs. You can search for caregivers near you and review caregiver profiles including photos, references and background checks, and work history. For specific listings of special needs caregivers, go to Care.com.