Los Angeles has great summer camp opportunities for children and adolescents with special needs such as autism, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Make plans early to include educational and social experiences in your special child’s summer agenda.
The Joe Patton Academy Camp is an educational and recreational inclusion camp for special needs children and their typically-developing siblings and peers. This camp is free for moderate to low income families. Families must submit an application and be accepted and spaces fill quickly.
Vista Del Mar’s programs provide youth age 8 to 18 with opportunities to socialize and learn with typically-developing peers. Classes provided include arts and crafts, music, dance, acting, athletics, and cooking.
The objective of AST’s summer camp is to provide opportunities for social interaction in a controlled and facilitated environment. Each week the participants will explore theme-based activities that provide the opportunity to make friends and gain valuable social skills. The camp is staffed by behavior interventionists to facilitate children’s social growth.
Outdoor adventure, cooking activities as well as a week of day camp (including a trip to the LA Zoo) help special needs children develop self-confidence, independence, and socialization skills.
This camp for children entering kindergarten in the fall provides play activities that develop essential skills such as phonics readiness, math, pencil grip, problem solving, social skills, and body awareness.
Dr. Kari Miller is a certified educational therapist and director of Miller Educational Excellence. She guides special needs students to believe in their own success, achieve in school, and change their lives. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website to learn more about tutoring for special needs children.