Summer camp can be a lonely place for many kids, but for those with the sensory and social challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome, camp can create many uncomfortable situations, if not a very bad experience — just the opposite of what most parents hope for their children.
Before our daughter was diagnosed, we sent her to an all-girls Christian summer camp for a week at about age 14. They had wonderful activities – the usual campfires, art, tennis, horseback riding you’d expect at summer camp, plus a tubing trip down a local river. Well, she “survived” but not without some challenges (thank goodness for a kind counselor). If we only had known about Asperger’s Syndrome then, I would have certainly looked for a camp more suited to her comfort zone.
I recently came across a listing of summer camps for children with AS and similar disabilities and thought I’d share a few. This is in no way an endorsement of any of those on the list since I have no personal experience with these camps — you’ll have to check them out for yourself. But here’s a place to start!
- Camp Kodiak, McKellar, Ontario, Canada – a unique, integrated, non-competitive program for children and teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and Asperger’s Syndrome
- Camp Buckskin, Ely, Minnesota – an overnight summer camp that specializes in serving boys and girls ages 6-18 who are experiencing academic and/or social skill difficulties
- Summit Camp, Honesdale, Pennsylvania – a summer sleepaway camp for boys and girls, ages 8-17, with issues of attention including ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, NVLD, and/or mild social or emotional concerns
- Camp Nuhop, Perrysville, Ohio – a residential summer camp for all children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and behavior disorders
- Talisman Programs, Zirconia, North Carolina – offers kids ages 6-14 a typical summer camp experience with the structure and social skill guidance needed for success
These are just a few of those listed — be sure to check out mysummercamps.com for SIX PAGES of listings!