Summer camps can be particularly helpful for children as well as their parents. Not only do they free up adults’ time so that they can continue with their regular work hours, but also they help children continue interacting with their peers even if school is no longer in session. Camps that are dedicated to certain interest groups are particularly effective at helping special needs children come out of their shells, grow in their strengths, overcome their weakness and become more confident in themselves and their abilities by the start of the next school year. Drama camp is of particular help to many special needs children.
Drama camps may just seem like places to perform fun plays. However, they do much more than that for children. First and foremost, they help children work together. This emphasis on social behaviors is found in rehearsals, stage work, and acting. To make the play go off without a problem, children have to work together, follow directions, listen for cues, and stay on task.
Even special needs children who do not have a prior background or interest in drama may find that drama camp helps them dramatically. It is always important to try new things because this helps children learn to rely more on themselves, helps them learn to encourage others, and gives them confidence in many other areas of their lives. Plus, they may just find a new favorite pastime.
Finally, drama camps help with conversational skills while also helping with physical activities. Most plays include a healthy amount of choreography that can help children develop positive body awareness. They will learn how close to stand to others on stage, how to act in different circumstances, and how to respond to the applause of the audience. Most drama camps for special needs children also include adaptations to make camps inclusive for children with all types of disabilities.