Parents and their children benefit from special needs camps, where children facing unique challenges can participate in a summer camp and get the special attention they require. Families get a reprieve from the challenges presented by their special needs child, knowing that she or he is participating in the archetypal kids' vacation experience - summer camp.
Some special needs camps focus on children with diseases such as cancer while many others offer programs specifically geared toward children with autism, learning disabilities such as ADHD or other challenges.
In this specialized environment, kids can grow in new ways and view themselves differently. As one young camper puts it, "I feel like a regular kid. All the other kids understand what it is like to have troubles."
Special needs camps listed here offer trained staff and an environment created specifically for the needs of your child. Not only do the camps give them a safe environment, they can also challenge your child to grow in new and unique ways so that he or she may gain just a little more independence.
There are some camps that offer programs where your special needs child can be integrated with other children, whether those children are not disabled in any way or face challenges different from those of your child, whether those are physical, learning or emotional. Sending your child to a special needs camp will in all likelihod be a very positive growth experience for all involved.
In Our kids Go to Camp 2010, we profiled ways in which Camp Quality, Camp Kirk and Glenholme Summer Camp went out of their way to "be there" at their camps for kids with special needs.