With summer vacation fully underway, families with special needs children may be desperately looking for ways to entertain their children while ensuring that they are mentally and physically stimulated. This can be a tall request, especially for parents who work outside the home. No matter how much love parents have for their children, every mom and every dad need a break now and then. A summer camp that is designed specifically for special needs children may be the way to go.
Increased Physical Activity
Even with the incentive of outdoor fun, it can be difficult for parents to get their kids to run off energy outdoors, especially once kids tire of playing with the same old toys. A summer camp provides plenty of movement and physical activity in new surroundings. Children can play sports, learn new games and explore different outdoor areas.
A Sense of Freedom
Many special needs children relish the sense of freedom that they experience at summer camps. While there is certainly still plenty of structure at a well-run camp, these children can get away from the monotony of day-to-day life along with frequent doctor appointments and therapy sessions. They will learn valuable lessons about flexibility in their routines.
Summer camp is a great place to meet new people and build lasting friendships. Camp is often held in one’s fondest memories in adulthood. Summer camps can be especially good for children who struggle to make friends within their peer groups at school and who benefit from meeting children who are like them.
A Chance to Learn New Skills
Summer camp is about more than just having fun. Camps teach children new skills and sports, such as swimming, baseball, crafts, and woodworking. They will help reinforce interpersonal skills as well as skills that have been learned throughout the school year.