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Reality and misconceptions about helping kids improve their social skills

May 24, 2014 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Whenever I have the opportunity to speak with fellow Camp Directors who run camps designed for neurotypical children the topic often leads to discussing their campers who present with social-cognitive challenges. In other words, their campers who struggle socially in the camp setting.

Through my discussions with camp colleagues as well as professionals who work with children who present with social skill challenges I often hear that many parents are not interested in sending their child to a summer camp that is designed to meet their child's needs. In some cases the child may not want to go to a camp designed to meet their needs as they understandably want to see themselves as no different than their neurotypical peers despite the fact that they are frequently met with rejection from the same peers who's acceptance they crave. While these parents know there is a risk their child may be unsuccessful in the camp setting they believe that the best way for their child to improve their social skills and provide their child with a feeling of normalcy is through having their child participate in recreational settings (like summer camp) with their neurotypical peers. Often this well intended approach backfires for the child, particularly as they get older and social expectations increase. This led me to question as to where this widely held misconception comes from that children who present with social skill challenges can improve their social skills by simply being around neurotypical peers. Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Most Viewed Special Education Advisor Guest Articles for 2011

December 20, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

The following is a list of the most viewed special education advisor guest articles from 2011. Thank you to all of the guest authors that have submitted articles to Special Education Advisor in 2011. The quality of articles and their content has been outstanding and we really appreciate every single submission. Without your submissions we would not be able to fulfill our mission to families with children who have special education needs. Enjoy the list: Read the rest of this entry →

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Overnight camp for my kid with special needs?

February 2, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Selecting the right camp and understanding common misconceptions about overnight camp for children with learning differences & social skill needs.

Overnight summer camp is one of the most rewarding experiences that you can provide your child with if you know how to choose a camp where your child can be successful.    Overnight camp can provide children with learning differences, social skill needs, mild Autism Spectrum Disorders, Non-Verbal Learning Disability and ADD/ADHD with many benefits.   It can nurture their independence, help them develop important social skills and friendships.  It can also increase a child's self- esteem and self-confidence.  Finding the right overnight summer camp for your child can be a daunting task given the number of overnight camps available.   As a camp professional who has worked with campers for over 20 years in camp settings  I have seen firsthand what types of camp environments work best for children diagnosed with learning differences and the diagnoses mentioned above and which  can be challenging for them.  As a parent to a child with learning differences. I know what questions I would want answered from a prospective Camp Director and am happy to share my expertise with you.  Read the rest of this entry →

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