Day and Overnight Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs
Kids with special needs don’t have to miss out on the summer camp experience. These day and overnight camps are designed especially for their individual needs and encourage confidence, skill development and peer interaction.
Special Needs Day Camps
Art it Out. Marietta and Atlanta. For children with social and emotional development challenges. Art, games and creative expression encourage peer interaction and social confidence.
Camp Dream. Speak. Live. Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education & Research, Atlanta. An intensive therapy program for children who stutter; campers increase communication, self-confidence and leadership skills at this week-long camp.
Cumberland Academy Summer Camp. Atlanta. For children with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, and learning disabilities. One-week sessions include academic challenges plus games and team building. cumberlandacademy.org
Focus Day Camps. For children with multiple disabilities. Camp Hollywood weekly sessions include art, music, science, cooking and recreations based popular children’s movies. Counselors are paraprofessionals and teachers who have experience with children with developmental disabilities.
Frazer Center Summer Camps. This inclusive camp for typically developing and special needs children includes weekly environmental experiences and projects. Sessions are weekly.
Lekotek Summer Technology Camp. Atlanta. For children with physical, cognitive and/or sensory disabilities. Campers ages 4-11 experience activities that develop literacy, communication, fine motor, cognitive and recreational abilities.
Sensory Affective Play Summer Camp. Kennesaw. A theme-based social skills and sensory enriched camp for ages 5-10 with outdoor games, handwriting activities, creating snacks, exploration, music and crafts. Aimed at the non-verbal population, children will expand their social skill development while receiving sensory stimulation.
Social Skills Today. Gwinnett and Roswell. For children with Autism/Asberger’s. Teaching life skill development, including communication and social skills, through games and activities.
Squirrel Hollow Camp. The Bedford School. Fairburn. For children with learning difference or other academic needs. Individual academic instruction along with recreational activities.
Summer Sensory Social Intensive. Decatur. For children with sensory processing challenges. Sensory-rich activities and therapy that supports self-reflection and an awareness of others.
Special Needs Overnight Camps
Camp ASCCA-Easter Seals. Jackson’s Gap, Ala. For children with intellectual and/or physical difficulties. Aquaticactivities, arts and crafts, canoeing, ropes course, horseback riding and more.
Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind. Waycross, Ga. For children with visual impairments. Recreation, education, socialization and rehabilitation programs with arts and crafts, music, horseback riding, sports and games.
Camp Barney Medintz. Cleveland, Ga. For children with a variety of special needs. The Chalutzim program celebrates Jewish culture with traditional camp activities that encourage individual and group skill development.
Camp Sunshine. Camp Twin Lakes, Rutledge Ga. For children who have or have had cancer. Age-appropriate activities give children with cancer a traditional summer camp experience. (Sessions for 2021 are virtual only.)
Camp Lee Mar. Lackawaxen, Pa. For children with a wide variety of special needs. Campers learn new skills, form friendships and participate in traditional camp activities. Individualized programs include a focus on academics and speech.
Camp Braveheart. Camp Twin Lakes, Rutledge. For children with heart disease or those who have received a heart transplant. Serving children treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Heart Center. Camp activities are focused on creative freedom, fun and discovery.
FACES Camp: A Camp for Kids with Facial Differences. Cloudland, Ga. For children with craniofacial differences. Outdoor adventures, horseback, canoeing, crafts, rope climbing, and making friends. Bring a Buddy to Camp program allows siblings or BFFs to experience camp together while meeting kids with similar medical conditions.
SOAR Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp. N.C., Fla., Wy., Calif. and International. For children with learning disabilities and attention issues. Adventure activities – rock climbing, horseback, rafting and more – develop self-confidence, social and life skills.
Check with your local parks and recreation department and YMCA centers for more camp opportunities. Learn more about special needs resources in the Atlanta area with Atlanta Parent’s Special Needs Resource Guide.