Here are the key issues to consider when choosing a camp for your autistic child or special needs child:
1. Teacher to child ratio – assistants/volunteers, background
2. Medications – who dispenses, where are they kept
3. Communication devices – do they have or do you bring
4. Cost and reimbursement avenues – insurance
5. Hours – how many breaks, rest periods
6. Goals – how are they implemented, progress reports
7. Field trips – how do they get there, safety issues
8. Emergency information – releasing of child
9. Therapists – do they have any on staff
10. Clothing – bring bathing suits and extra set of clothes
11. Toileting – what specifics do they need to know
12. Eating – any allergy problems
13. Sunscreen – my sons shoulders were red - bring your own
14. Behavior issues - how handled/charts/rewards/timeouts
15. Toys/books – can you bring them from home
Hopefully these ideas and tips I have incorporated from choosing a camp suitable for my autistic children will come in handy and benefit those who seek a camp for their special child as well.
It is imperative that you start the process searching for a camp before spring break. You might be placed on a waiting list at first due to the high demand of camps for children on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities.
Originally published on Epinions
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