Summer Camps For Your Child With Special Needs

  • By Ashley Bechtloff Springible Contributor
  • Reading Time About 2 minutes
  • PostedApril 4, 2017
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Spring break just ended and your regular routine is back in full swing. Although the house is quiet again, there is a feeling that looms… summer is just around the corner! Spring break is a preview of what’s to come. But with warmer months approaching, it’s time to start planning your child’s summer activities.

While there are many summer programs for children that will take them on great field trips and give them space to run all day, how can you plan getaways and activities if you care for a child with special needs? Many of the camps don’t have special programs that will accommodate the needs of your child while ensuring they will have a wonderful summer experience. It’s important to find a social setting where children with special needs can flourish. If you find yourself in this situation, then you may want to try Very Special Camps, a website designed to help caregivers search and book the perfect summer camp for their child.

According to its website, “ is a specialized directory dedicated exclusively to camps which serve individuals with one or more of a wide range of special needs.” They explain that “(you can) locate a summer camp or program based upon your specific requirements and interests by entering your specific criteria.”

There are many ways to search for a camp that is best for your child on their site.

You can conduct a Full Search of the site, or narrow your search by:

While reading about each of the camps, you can create a “CampList” and save the camps you are interested in, which is very helpful given the sheer number of different camps this site lists! Each camp specializes in different activities and accommodations for all types of special needs.

Below are just some their featured camps specialize in:

  • AD/HD
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Cancer / Oncology
  • Celiac  
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Vision Impairments

Summer is a time for fun and great memories to be made. Very Special Camps recognizes that everyone should belong, regardless of whether a child has special needs or not. Start planning your child’s summer camp adventure today by visiting Very Special Camps.

If you have used Very Special Camps before, or have a similar resource for summer camps, let us know here.