Blog #176~Special Needs Summer Recreation Programs
The heat is on! Are you looking into programs for your child with special needs this summer? There are many types of programs available including camps, athletic and leisure programs. A great place to start is to contact your local park district to see if they offer any special recreation programs. For programs in here in Illinois click on this link: http:// www.specialrecreation.org
Here are some links for special needs summer programs:
Special Olympics- http:// www.specialolympics.org
Buddy Up Tennis- http:// www.buddyuptennis.com
Top Soccer- http://www.topsoccer.us
I Can Ride Bike Camps- https://www.icanshine.org
Easter Seals- http://www.easterseals.com
Gi Gi’s Playhouse- https://www.gigisplayhouse.org
American Camp Association- https://acacamps.org
Very Well has a list of Inclusive Sports Programs- https://www.verywell.com/special-needs-sports-programs-3106922
Friendship Circle List of Camps- http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2013/02/13/25-summer-camps-for-individuals-with-special-needs/
Diveheart Scuba program- http://diveheart.org
My son Nick (pictured above), is 23 years old and has Down syndrome and autism. He has participated in many of these programs over the years. These include local library programs, Special Olympics, Challenger Baseball League, Top Soccer, adaptive swim lessons (thru the park district special needs program), Diveheart scuba and I Can Shine Bike Camp. During the summer months he also attended ESY (Extended Summer Year) summer school. These programs helped him to learn new skills, have a structured routine, and develop friendships.
Nick at ESY Summer School…..
I Can Shine Bike Camp….
Many of these programs are available for children with special needs throughout the U.S. My son Nick had great experiences in participating in these programs. It never hurts to just try a new program, you never know what might be a good fit! If you know of a program you would like to share, please contact me. I’m always updating my resource list on this website and sharing them with other support groups. Here’s to a great summer 🙂
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