Springtime is often when parents of kids with learning differences assess their child’s readiness for sleepaway camp. If you think this is the right summer for your child, here are some questions to consider as you begin your camp search. Your answers will help you identify the best type of camp environment for your child.
- Does my child usually make friends easily?
- Does my child typically get along well with children their same age?
- Can my child follow rules and instructions?
- How does my child react to transitions large and small?
- What information does my child need to feel comfortable before a transition?
- How does my child show their frustration or anxiety?
- Are there repetitive behaviors you would expect your child to show at camp?
- Can my child manage sleep-overs with friends?
Camp directors agree that providing a realistic picture of your child’s behavioral, emotional and special needs up front is the best way to determine fit. A face to face meeting (or an online video conference) with the camp director and your child during the camp selection process is helpful for all families no matter their needs. And if you decide that this summer is not the right time, then think about visiting a camp or two while they are in session. A visit will provide you with lots of opportunities to discuss camp with your child in the months to come.