Recently I’ve been looking for Summer Camp options for both our children. As a family with two working parents finding appropriate care for our 7 year old is not easy. Our son has Aspergers and is very high functioning in a structured environment, which is something that Summer Camp is not.
The last time he was in Summer Camp was 3 years ago (prior to his diagnosis) and we spent much of the time picking him up due to issues at camp. We’d love for him to attend a traditional summer camp but the realities are that the more we look at “affordable” options the more we realise they are not going to be a good fit for him.
Some local camps offered by our local Park n Rec are held outside all day where there are no fences and on busy roads, others are not all day. Both the Park n Rec and school district have field trips but cannot let us know which day of the week these field trips are on. For us paying deposits for camps not knowing if a field trip is going to be on a normal therapy day just doesn’t make sense.
The more I looked at the large variety of camps available in Ventura County I realised that we were either going to need to provide an aide, get a nanny or send our son to a camp just for High Functioning Kids.
I’d heard of The Help Group in the San Fernando Valley that has schools for children on the Autism Spectrum. It turns out they have a camp called “Kids Like Me” that would allow our son to work on his Social Skills during the summer.
I’m so greatful to have found this summer camp option. Now I just have to work out how to make this work financially and logistically as this school is almost an hour from our home and my office. Were there is a will there’s a way.
If you would like to learn more about The Help Group they are having a Resource Fair on May 7th.
If you have a special needs child how do you choose a Summer School?