Summer vacation -- we look forward to it as a break from homework, and dread it as a break from routine. Two-plus months of unstructured time is an unsettling prospect for children with special needs and their parents, but it's not always easy to find an appropriate option for passing that time. You can make one of the following five options work for your youngster and your family with a little planning, depending on how much trust you have in others, how much work you want to do, and how much your kid will let you set the agenda.  Whether a day camp in the community or a sleep-away camp somewhere within bus distance, the classic way for children to pass a summer is by going to camp. The camping situation can be a little more complicated for children with special needs. There are special needs guide that cater to particular disabilities and maybe calm parents' fears a little bit about their special little one getting safe and proper treatment, but they tend to be pricey and fill up fast. Although community camps may not be willing or able to accommodate your child's special needs, and even if they want to try you may worry about whether your child will be safe and happy there, they are cheaper and more widely available.

 

Summer special needs

Can't get comfortable about sending your child to camp? Bring the camp to you. Camp Mom s a do-it-yourself day-camp experience you put together with carefully selected friends and friends' parents. It gives your child the socialization experience of summer camp, helps you bond with your child while also having some socialization time yourself with other adults, and provides a framework for all those other things you want your child to do over the summer like keep up on schoolwork, pursue some therapy activities, and get outside and play.  Your school may offer your child services over the summer, and those services will be worth the time and trouble in case you are lucky. ESY is an option that should be discussed during your child's IEP meeting. There it will be determined whether he or she will lose enough ground over idle summer months to warrant keeping the program going when school is otherwise out. ESY can be a great experience for a child with special needs, extending therapy and education and keeping up with much-needed routine.  r it can be a disaster, with kids bused out of district to work with unfamiliar therapists and swelter in hot rooms with a mismatched batch of classmates. Be sure who will be doing it before committing your child to it, and check up once those services are being delivered just as you would do during the school year and also to ask what ESY will entail, where it will be. A summer job program is a productive and lucrative way to pass the summer for teens with special needs.