Preparing Special-Needs Kids For Camp
With more and more camps working hard to make sure that their programs and facilities are accessible to campers of all abilities, it's important to be able to give concrete, helpful advice to parents of special-needs kids.
Choosing a camp for any child can be overwhelming, but especially so for parents whose kids have physical challenges.
This article from KidsHealth.org offers good advice for parents--and also for camp directors assisting parents--about choosing a camp and preparing their children for the experience:
The article talks about choosing the right kind of camp for an individual child, what information to share with camp staff, what to pack and how to deal with possible anxiety or homesickness.
It also talks about gradually introducing children to the camp experience, perhaps starting with a day camp or sports activity, then moving on to a special-needs sleep-away camp and finally on to an inclusive residential camp.