Special Needs Summer Camps
Special needs camps include those for the physically or mentally disabled (adults as well as children), diabetics, those suffering from cancer, the learning disabled, hyperactive, and those with behavioral problems. These camps are run privately or by non-profit agencies and need experienced staff who are calm, patient, caring and who can give specialized care to the campers. Previous, relevant experience is likely to determine the type of camp selected for you.
The level of instruction will vary depending on the child. For some, basic skills and sports can be taught and enjoyed, while for others it may be limited to helping the children feed themselves. Facilities are likely to be limited to what the child can do and what the camp can afford. At a special needs camp, supervision and care are priorities, and dealing with unpredictable behavior should be expected. There is a high demand for people to work with special populations.