Get Set for Summer!

For many kids, the end of the school year and beginning of summer is an exciting time!  But for children that have difficulty tolerating changes to their routine, it can also be a stressful time.  School provides a structure and routine that is predictable and comfortable, while summer can be full of spontaneity and free time, which can be a difficult thing to adjust to.  For some families, finding a way to add structure and predictability to the day-to-day happenings of summer is a good way to keep everyone calm and happy. 

For some, having a schedule of the day, week, or month is enough to add an element of predictability.  Visual schedules can add more predictability for young children to be able to see what to expect throughout the day or week.  Social stories and verbal scripts can be helpful when preparing for something new or different that may cause anxiety, like a vacation, daytrip, or having family come to visit. 

Summer camps and day programs are a great way to add structure, while providing educational, social, and leisure opportunities.  Below are a few camps and programs that are available in this area this summer:

Camps Specifically for Children with Special Needs:

  • T.E.K. Quest is a half-day camp designed to expose children and parents to different technologies available to help overcome obstacles faced in everyday life.
  • Challenge Camp at Island Rec is designed for children with special needs. Continued development of motor, social and cognitive skills throughout the summer. This camp is integrated into our all day summer camp program.  An All Day camp is also offered through Island Rec.
  • Camp Treasure Chest serves between 25 and 30 children under the age of 21 each summer. It provides those children who cannot fit into any other camp situation a chance to have a camp experience.


Affordable Day Camp Options

Additional Camps in the Area

Author: Krista Flack, MS OTR/L


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