Camps for Kids With Learning Disabilities

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Camps for Kids With Learning Disabilities
Help your child learn about self-esteem and teamwork this summer at an ACA accredited camp. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Camp is often a time of personal discovery and adventure in the lives of children. Many camps that specialise in the enrichment and development of skills in the lives of disabled children have emerged over the past few decades to make a difference for these kids and their families. The American Camp Association (ACA) is a professional community of leaders in camp development that is responsible for the accreditation of special needs camps accross the country.

Easter Seals Camping and Recreation

From after-school programs to outdoor retreats, Easter Seals seeks to provide camping services for learning disabled persons in ways that enrich their lives. It promotes equality in recreational opportunities in which the disabled are often excluded from. The residential day camps at Easter Seals are available to anyone of any age and ability. Camp programs promote healthy minds and bodies, combining learning exercises with physical activity.

Charis Hills

Designed for those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, Asperger's and highly functional autism, Charis Hills is a Christian summer camp that promotes success in the lives of kids with learning differences. Campers can choose to participate in the one-week or two-week camp sessions, located one hour northwest of Dallas Texas in Cross Timbers. Activities feature dance, music, photography and video, athletics, canoeing and hiking. Charis Hills is accredited by the ACA.

Camp Buckskin

The majority of the kids at Camp Buckskin have experienced difficulties with academic and social skill development due to Asperger's, ADHD or a learning disability. The camp is designed to help these children increase their self awareness and peer interaction. Established in 1959, Camp Buckskin has served more than 8,000 young people and their parents in their quest to develop communication skills and problem-solving abilities. This is an overnight summer camp for children between the ages of 6 and 18.

Camp Kirk

Located in Ontario, Canada, Camp Kirk is a special needs summer camp designed for children age 6 to 13 who suffer from learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The camping session is a week long and is dedicated to providing a positive overnight experience so that boys and girls may develop the social and physical skills required to succeed in life. Wilderness hikes, photography and swimming are some featured activities.

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