Thinking About Sending Your Child with Autism to Summer Camp?

autistic children at summer camp

Many kids enjoy going away for summer camp. They get to spend several weeks away from their parents filled with swimming, playing games, and many other fun activities. But for children with autism it can be quite an overwhelming experience.

Most camps make certain assumptions about what children like to do. In fact, they often design their programs around their needs and interests. Experiences such as being in a big group, loud noises, making messes, competing in teams, sharing a room, and arts and crafts are all found in a typical summer camp. However, those who have sensory processing or communicative issues will finds these activities difficult to participate in.

But don’t be discouraged! Now there are camps that cater to children with special needs. Whether you are interested in a day program or a sleep away camp, there are many options to consider:

  •  Is there an Extended School year program offered for children with special needs? These are often offered at low to no cost.
  • Ask your child how they feel about summer camp. If they don’t have an answer, show them pictures and even visit the site during the off-season.
  • Does your child have a special interest or hobby? You can match up your child with a specific summer camp that is focused around science or music. The strong interest might motivate them to be more open to the idea.
  • Does your child need constant support? If the camp doesn’t provide it, you can consider providing it yourself.
  • How do the camp officials feel about your child’s participation?
  • Do they have specially trained staff? Are they able to help if your child begins to have difficulty?

Summer camp can be a memorable experience for any kid. It’s a great opportunity for your child to meet other children and experience new activities. It’s important to ask the right questions and do the research to find the best environment that fits your child.

Written by Raiza Belarmino

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