Summer Speech & Language Camps for Apraxia

It’s time to start thinking about the summer and some great opportunities for our apraxia stars! Children with apraxia can enjoy summer camp while still working on their speech skills in fun, new ways. Each year, we collect some ideas for summer camps and programs that include a speech and language component to help children with apraxia continue to make progress and practice. This list is meant to be a helpful search tool for your summer planning. We cannot guarantee that each listed camp still has space or dates available this year. Please check each camp’s website for the most up to date information on dates, availability, prices, and program details.

 

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Canada

ALBERTA

AAC Camp Alberta

The University of Alberta in partnership with March of Dimes Canada (MODC), is excited to offer an annual weekend family camp for children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). AAC Camp Alberta is for children aged 6-19 years who use speech generating communication devices and their families to enjoy some fun camp activities while they practice social communication.

Contact: 780-492-5314, pollock@ualberta.ca

Location: Virtual (TBD)

 

Camp CHAOS

This camp is for motor planning difficulties (such as CAS)

These camps are run by speech-language pathologists, but do not have formal speech therapy sessions. Instead, they have structured a summer camp that is full of language-rich activities that the children can enjoy along with peers that have similar communication challenges. These camps are for children with apraxia, suspected apraxia, motor planning speech disorders, or suspected motor planning speech disorders.

Contact: camp@calgaryapraxia.ca

Location: Calgary

 

Itsie’s Bitsies Speech and Language Summer Camps

Camp sessions are run by registered SLPs and support staff and use a play-based therapeutic approach by incorporating goals into a variety of play activities. Activities include stories, rhymes, free play, games, crafts, and movement. Children also get practice with fine and gross motor skills.

Contact: 403-200-7828, britney@itsiesbitsies.com

Location: Calgary

 

Pathways Pediatric Services – Speech Therapy Summer Camps

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

Pathways Pediatrics offers speech camps, which are intensive intervention for children with mild to severe speech and language delays. They offer two summer camps (Language & Literacy Camp and Apraxia & Motor Speech Disorders) which both build oral communication, speech sound production, literacy, social skills, and more. Group and individual sessions are run by SLPs and SLP-As with extensive experience.

Contact: 403-455-4072, info@pathwayspediatrics.ca

Location: Calgary

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

RISE Summer Camps

The Learning Disabilities Society hosts small group, safe, specialized RISE Summer Camps. Their team designs special programming and activities that are delivered safely in-person to exceed health and safety guidelines. Their customized and creative weeklong Vancouver summer camps focus on helping students with learning differences develop new skills through fun, hands-on camp programs with high instructor and camp counselor to camper ratio.

Contact: 604-873-8139, info@ldsociety.ca

Location: Vancouver

 

ONTARIO

Anderson Therapy Services Children’s Day Camps

Lively Letters Literacy Day Camp is for students struggling with reading, speech and/or language, and English as a Second Language students. Speak and Ride Day Camp is a unique summer program that combines horseback riding with intensive speech-language therapy and is for students who have difficulties with stuttering, pronunciation, comprehension, expression, voice, social skills, and reading/writing skills.

Contact: 289-238-8598, info@andersontherapy.ca

Location: Burlington

 

Camp Kennebec

Camp Kennebec is a summer camp for kids and teens with special needs, learning disabilities, and developmental delays including autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, Down Syndrome, OCD, brain injury, anxiety, social skill and other challenges.

Contact: 613-335-2114, info@campkennebec.com

Location: Ontario

 

Camp Kodiak

A unique, integrated, non-competitive summer camp program for children & teens with & without Learning Disabilities, ADHD, & high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Contact: 905-569-7595, info@campkodiak.com

Location: McKellar

 

Speech Star Camps for Kids

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

(Closed for 2022 but expected to reopen in 2023.) Camps and groups run by a speech-language pathologist who is Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training in CAS. Speech Star Camps are for children with suspected or diagnosed childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and/or childhood dysarthria.

Contact: 519-265-8255, info@apraxiaspeechtherapy.ca

Location: Guelph

 

QUEBEC

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SASKATCHEWAN

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MANITOBA

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UNITED STATES

US – NATIONWIDE

 

Camp SAY: Across the USA

Summer camps for young people who stutter (ages 8-18) across the US. At Camp SAY, campers will have fun while building communication skills, improving self-esteem, and forging important friendships in their local areas.

Contact: 646-403-3516, travis@say.org

 

National Cued Speech Association

Learn Cued Speech in the relaxed atmosphere of various camps located throughout the United States. Spring, summer, and fall camps are offered for families, professionals, the deaf/hard of hearing, and people with learning disabilities.

Contact: 800-459-3529, info@cuedspeech.org

 

National Easterseal Society

Day and/or overnight camps for children with disabilities located throughout the United States.

Contact: 800-221-6827, info@easterseals.com

 

PRIDE Summer Accelerated Orton-Gillingham Instruction

PRIDE specifically addresses dyslexia and the needs of students struggling with reading and writing comprehension. You can choose to have a PRIDE Reading Specialist come to you for In-Home instruction, online instruction, or the new Virtual Reality Instruction for the Accelerated Summer Program.

Contact: 866-774-3342, info@pridereadingprogram.com

Location: Virtual

 

ALABAMA

Happy Camp at Merrimack Hall

Offered each summer, Happy Camp is a performing arts camp for those with special needs, aged 3 or older. Each week of camp has a unique theme in activities such as music, theatre, dance, and arts & crafts.

Contact: 256-534-6455, info@merrimackhall.com

Location: Huntsville

 

ALASKA

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ARIZONA

Arizona State University Speech and Hearing Programs and Camps

ASU’s College of Health Solutions offers several camps and programs related to speech, language, and hearing for children, teens, and adults. These therapeutic camps provide high-quality professional services for people of all ages with needs in communication and hearing improvement. Specifically, the Camp to Enrich Oral Language and Literacy Acquisition (CEOLLA) is a language and literacy program for preschoolers ages three to five. The camp focuses on speech, receptive and expressive language development, and pre-literacy skills.

Contact: 480-965-2373, click here to email

Location: Tempe

 

LEAP Summer Camp at Foundations Developmental House

The Language Enrichment and Acquisition Program (LEAP) is a language program for children ages 2.5-5 years of age. Speech-language therapists integrate speech and language intervention with play and everyday activities. LEAP is for both typically developing children and children with speech and language impairments. Language impairments can include problems with pronunciation, syntax, sentence construction, or using an inappropriate voice to communicate.

Contact: 480-219-3953, info@fdhkids.com

Location: Gilbert

 

Lions Camp Tatiyee

Camp Tatiyee is committed to making ALL summer camp activities accessible to your camper, whatever their need may be. Your camper will be able to participate in cutting-edge adventure programming and educational workshops made to fit their needs. All programs are designed to improve the confidence, independence, and emotional health of your camper.

Contact: 480-380-4254, pam@camptatiyee.org

Location: Lakeside

 

Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

Help your child or young adult improve their ability to communicate, pay attention, comprehend, read, write, remember, and socialize with others at Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists. Should you want summer help or want to add to your therapy plan, you can choose from several of their research-based programs including Kamp Talk Alot, Intensive Apraxia Program, Summer Reading Boost, and Fast ForWord Language and Reading Programs.

Contact: 480-991-6560, office@pediatricspeech.net

Location: Scottsdale

 

Sunrise Therapy Sensational Summer Camp

This is an innovative summer camp focusing on development and integration of senses. Movement, ocular motor, and fine motor will all be a part of a multi-sensory approach to help your child increase strength, writing abilities, and become a better listener/learner.

Contact: 602-485-4444, dana@sunrisetherapy.com

Location: Phoenix

 

ARKANSAS

Beyond Speech Learning Center Summer Programs

Beyond Speech provides literacy camps during the summer months to promote retention of skills learned during the school year, to avoid the “summer slide” and to prepare for the upcoming new year. Some programs include Picky Pals, Little Learners Program, Kindergarten Readiness, Reading Superstars, and so much more!

Contact: 501-367-8007, click here to email

Location: Little Rock

 

Camp Aldersgate  

The Camp Aldersgate experience is one that provides the joys of outdoor recreation and socialization in an accessible environment in which campers of all abilities can participate and, most importantly, succeed.

Contact: 501-225-1444, hello@campaldersgate.net

Location: Little Rock

 

CALIFORNIA

Camp Chit Chat

Camp Chit Chat, from the Santa Barbara RiteCare Center, is a fun and socially interactive camp for preschool age children with mild-moderate speech and language delays. It’s a great way for children to keep up with essential communication skills during the summer when regular therapy services are not offered. Each camp participant will be placed in a small group (2-3 children) with same-aged peers also working on similar skills such as articulation, language, fluency and social communication.

Contact: 805-962-8469, snbadmin@casrf.org

Location: Santa Barbara

 

Camp Mariposas

Camp Mariposas from MP Health is a summer camp program geared for young and school-aged children with speech and/or occupational therapy needs. The summer camp program offers a unique perspective on helping children with specific speech, occupational, movement, and sensory needs. Camp Mariposas creates opportunities for young children to engage in fun activities that enhance and facilitate their communication and sensory development. With licensed therapists, Camp Mariposas will ensure that every day of camp will foster the speech, language, social skill building, and sensory/movement will be put into practice.

Contact: 805-253-2547, campmariposas@medsecuremail.com

Location: Santa Barbara and Atascadero

 

Camp weTALK and Camp wee-TALKers

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

Camp weTALK is open to kids ages 5-12. Camp wee-TALKers is open to kids ages 3-4. Both camps are designed for children with a diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech. Activities include an initial dynamic assessment of motor speech skills followed by daily group (1:1 or 2:1 ratio) and individual sessions (1:1). Twice daily individual sessions focus on motor speech skills. At the end of camp, each child will receive a report including baseline levels and progress notes. Group sessions will incorporate the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to phonics and will give opportunity to practice individualized speech targets with peers. Story time will incorporate Jan Norris’ “Phonic Faces.” All techniques are evidence-based.

Contact: 415-924-2444, click here to email

Location: Corte Madera

 

LA Speech & Language Therapy Center, Inc.

Say N’Play Summer Day Camp is an intense speech-language-based program taught by licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and behavior interventionist support staff who assist the children who present behavior challenges. Drama Kings & Queens Summer Day Camp is a 6-week summer program where students work on developing communication skills, social pragmatic skills, and acting abilities through creating an amazing musical performance, which culminates in a performance at a professional theatre at the end of camp.

Contact: 310-649-6199, click here to email

Location: Culver City

 

Summer Reading Camp at PRIDE Learning Center

Summer program with intense therapy for students with speech delays, auditory processing or developmental delays struggling with speech, language, reading and comprehension. Orton-Gillingham multisensory one-on-one reading and language sessions with credentialed and certified teachers.

Contact: 866-774-3342 x 1, info@pridelearningcenter.com

Location: Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Yorba Linda, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Carlsbad, and Palo Alto

 

TALK Social Groups

The summer camps offered by TALK are intended to enhance and enrich speech, language, and social communication skills through fun and engaging activities. Whether it’s transitioning into an older grade, making new friends at the park, or being more aware of group dynamics, TALK summer camps cover it all! Camp activities target play skills, awareness of verbal and nonverbal social cues, perspective-taking, flexible thinking, conversation, turn-taking, following directions, learning how to foster and maintain friendships, and so much more.

Contact: 650-344-9961, click here to email

Location: Burlingame and Danville

 

COLORADO

Adam’s Camp

Adam’s Camp programs offer intensive therapy, family support, and recreation for children, youth, and adults with special needs. Teams of therapists focus on campers’ strengths to provide goal-directed, outcome-based treatment at the YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch.

Contact: 303-563-8290, contact@adamscamp.org

Location: Granby

 

Children’s Therapy Services of Colorado’s Social Groups

Children’s Therapy Services of Colorado, Inc. offers numerous Social Group sessions designed for specific age groups and often include children with a variety of delays or diagnosis (e.g. ASD, ADHD, Speech Delay, Social/Emotional concerns). Group classes are led by two therapists of different specialties and children are taught to develop learning routines that promote their communication, social engagement, and overall attention and learning.

Contact: 720-872-6472, admin@childrenstherapyco.com

Location: Northglenn

 

Colorado ACTS and Special Needs Actors Programs

Colorado ACTS offers a variety of programs for children with special needs that provide students the opportunity to expand their communication and social skills.

Contact: 303-456-6772, coloradoacts@yahoo.com

Location: Wheat Ridge

 

Colorado Foundation for Conductive Education Summer Camp

CFCE summer camps provide intensive Conductive Education therapy (covering therapeutic areas similar to traditional physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy) for children with motor disabilities in a fun, motivating group environment. Children work on gross motor and fine motor skills, increase their flexibility and strength, practice life skills, and enjoy taking an active part in social activities with their peers in a structured learning environment tailored to their individual goals.

Contact: 970-667-0348, admin@conductiveed.com

Location: Arvada and Loveland

 

STAR Institute Summer Youth Programs and Camps

The STAR Institute offers a variety of youth programs, ongoing groups, and summer camps, both online and in-person, that support your child and family with daily activities that focus on the skills they need to succeed. Their various summer programs involve movement, language development, sensory, and social skills for ages 3-18.

Contact: 303-221-7827, Info@sensoryhealth.org

Location: Centennial

 

Summer Social Groups from Straka Speech – Castle Rock

Occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists at Straka Speech offer more than five different programs over the summer for young children. These groups help children to develop social skills, build relationships, improve speech and motor skills, and more.

Contact: 720-398-8806, scheduling@strakaspeech.com

Location: Castle Rock

 

Summer Social Groups from Straka Speech – Colorado Springs

Occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists at Straka Speech offer more than five different programs over the summer for young children. These groups help children to develop social skills, build relationships, improve speech and motor skills, and more.

Contact: 719-633-9114, clientservices@strakaspeech.com

Location: Colorado Springs

 

Summit Pediatric Therapy Summer Groups

Summit Pediatric Therapy offers almost 10 summer groups where children practice their speech and communication skills, retelling stories, literacy, handwriting, social skills, and more. These programs provide experiences for children to learn and fine-tune skills within a wide variety of fun-filled group settings.

Contact: 720-542-873, info@summitpedstherapy.com

Location: Aurora, Centennial, Littleton, Denver, Parker, and Westminster

 

Yay! Camp

Offered by Easterseals Colorado, Yay! Camp serves children ages 7-18, with and without disabilities, helping them overcome daily challenges and meet new expectations while living life with equity, dignity, and independence!

Contact: 720-339-7202, pbrown@eastersealscolorado.org

Location: Highlands Ranch

 

CONNECTICUT

Burke Therapy’s Speech & Occupational Therapy Summer Camps

Combination of small group structured literacy, speech, language, and movement play group camps for children with speech-language and/or occupational therapy needs. Although chronological age is used as a guideline, we also consider the developmental age and needs of each child when determining camp placement.

Contact: 860-856-5751, hello@burketherapyct.com

Location: Simsbury

 

DELAWARE

Children’s Beach House Summer and Weekend Camps

CBH offers camp programs on the Delaware Bay at their Lewes facility. These camps provide a unique experience for children with special needs to explore and learn from our natural environment. The camp is a multi-modal opportunity to extend the goals of the Youth Development Program.

Contact: 302-645-9184, click here to email

Location: Lewes and Wilmington

 

FLORIDA

Arc of South Florida’s Early Childhood Summer Camp

The Arc’s early childhood program, partially funded by The Children’s Trust, provides summer camp services for children with disabilities up to 5 years of age, not yet in kindergarten, in Kendall and Florida City locations. Developmentally appropriate themed activities provide fun opportunities for developing all skill areas while addressing individual needs through literacy, fitness activities, social skills, family involvement, summer water safety, multisensory environment room enhancement, creative arts, and field trips. The Arc of South Florida also has a wide variety of other children’s programs available.

Contact: 305-759-8500, myrnac@arcsofla.org

Location: Kendall and Florida City

 

Beyond the Spectrum Summer Camp

Beyond the Spectrum’s Early Learning Center is for younger kiddos with special needs like autism, ADHD, and other related diagnoses. Their programs focus on the development of basic social skills and regulation of behaviors. They also offer half and whole day summer camp programs.

Contact: 941-907-3443, btscenter@yahoo.com

Location: Sarasota

 

Camp ABLE

Camp ABLE is a specialized summer camp program for children with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges ages 3 to 21. Children enjoy exciting daily activities and trips to fun and enriching places such as water parks, the theater, play centers, and museums. Campers are provided with swimming lessons, community-based instruction and recreation, social skills training, physical fitness activities, cultural arts, and recreation activities, case management, behavioral, and nursing services. Certified teachers provide academic instruction in math, science, and literacy. Occupational, speech, and physical therapy are available for children if approved by their health insurance or through private payment arrangements. Staff-to-child ratios vary and are based on your child’s needs.

Contact: 954-746-9400, click here to email

Location: Broward County

 

Dream Oaks Camp

Foundation for Dreams, Inc. hosts Dream Oaks Camp, a camp for children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17, with various disabilities specifically designed to strengthen their social skills, self-esteem and independence in a safe, barrier-free environment.

Contact: 941-746-5659, click here to email

Location: Bradenton

 

Tampa Kids Therapy Camp Programs

Tampa Kids Therapy offers several summer camp programs, all centered around engaging kids in meaningful and hands-on developmental learning opportunities! Their camps have small therapist to student ratios so that more attention can be given to each child’s individual learning style. Just a few of their summer camp programs are Brain Games, Kindergarten Readiness, Sensory Science, and more!

Contact: 813-399-0722, tampakidstherapy@gmail.com

Location: Tampa

 

GEORGIA

Atlanta Speech School Summer Clinic Programs

Atlanta Speech School offers different levels of camps based on age for language-based learning disabilities or speech and/or language delays. These intensive speech, spoken language, and literacy one-week camps focus on social language skills, narrative writing, receptive/expressive language skills, literacy skills, and articulation.

Contact: 404-233-5332, summerclinicreg@atlantaspeechschool.org

Location: Atlanta

 

MDE School Summer Enrichment Camps

The MDE School offers several weeks of summer learning for children ages 5-12 with communication disorders or developmental disabilities. Each week will reinforce academic skills, including language groups, sensory and fine motor groups, and promoting special skills.

Contact: 770-971-4633, mdeschool@gmail.com

Location: Marietta

 

Mind & Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia

The Mind and Motion Centers hosts a social skills group, summer camps, and a handwriting group. Each group is specifically tailored to either developing social or fine motor skills. Children with social challenges benefit greatly from the content and clear structures of our programs.

Contact: 678-749-7600, click here to email

Location: Suwanee

 

New Heights Academy Summer Program

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

New Heights Academy incorporates art, culinary activities, social fun with peers, and field trips into their summer sessions. Programs are open to children with autism, ADD, ADHD, apraxia, anxiety, learning disabilities, and more.

Contact: 770-530-7394, info@newheightsacademyga.org

Location: Alpharetta

 

Therapy & Learning Center (TLC) of Georgia

TLC Georgia offers two summer programs. At Social Skills Field Trip Summer Camp, children will learn about social skills in a safe and fun environment. Each day starts with a small social skills group followed by practice. Day trips include Jump Zone, Chattahoochee River, bowling, acting class, and more. This camp is appropriate for children with ADHD, Asperger/High Functioning Autism, language/learning disabilities, and social anxiety. You can also build your own Custom Programs. TLC Georgia hosts a limited number of students ages 5-17 during the summer months for 3-day intensives. Services are offered a la carte and include 1-1 reading, writing, and math tutoring with a special education teacher. Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, ABA therapy, and social skills opportunities with other students are offered based on need.

Contact: 678-824-2145, amy@tlcgeorgia.com

Location: Roswell

 

University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Summer Programs

Available for both children and adults, these sessions take place during the summer to help individuals with speech, literacy, and language skills at a variety of levels. Services will be provided by graduate student clinicians under the guidance and supervision of UGA faculty members with all relevant experience, state licensure, and national certification in speech-language pathology, elementary education, and special education.

Contact: 706-542-4598

Location: Athens

 

 

HAWAII

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IDAHO

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ILLINOIS

Apraxia Pool Group

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

This group, offered by Naperville Therapediatrics, is dedicated to communication and social development of young children. Sessions are designed to enhance motor planning, improve action imitation, socialize with peers, and increase sound production.

Contact: Click to sign up

Location: Aurora

Black Bear Academy Summer Camp

Black Bear Academy offers academic summer camps, therapeutic summer camps, and specialty intensive camps for speech, reading, writing, math, art, behavior, and more. Their programs are designed to engage children in fun, multisensory learning experiences that build upon their growth from the previous school year while preparing them for the next. Session topics range from executive functioning training and school readiness to continued practice in core academic skills like reading, writing, and math. Dedicated team of teachers and therapists will recommend individualized academic and/or therapeutic programming for one or both summer camp sessions, working alongside your family to craft the best camp schedule to meet your child’s needs and give them an exciting and safe summer to remember.

Contact: 773-244-0700, info@blackbearacademy.com

Location: Chicago

 

Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center, LLC

Chicago Pediatric Therapy & Wellness Center, LLC is a therapist-owned, pediatric therapy clinic that provides group programs and events for children in addition to their year-round physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, teletherapy, aba/autism therapy, and social work services in the clinic, home, or school setting.

Contact: 773-672-7775, info@cptwc.com

Location: Chicago

 

EB Pediatric Resources Summer Speech Camp Program

EB Pediatric’s offers a six-week camp program for young children who need to gain skills in speech, socialization, or simply to become ready for fall classes! Classes are taught by experienced speech, behavior, and occupational therapists who work on improving a variety of skill areas including language, executive functioning, sensory-motor processing, behavior and self-help skills, social awareness and communication—and can accommodate children with autism in a blended program.

Contact: 312-458-9865, info@pediatricresources.org

Location: Chicago

 

Hummingbird Children’s Academy

Offered by Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies and Enrichment, the Hummingbird Children’s Academy offers research-based developmental services for children ages 2-7. Taught by trained specialists, theme-based lessons focus on critical thinking skills, sensory processing, fine/gross motor skills, speech and language, and more. Curriculum was designed by certified speech/language, occupational, physical, and developmental therapists.

Contact: 630-560-0136, christina@HummingbirdPediatricTherapies.com

Location: Westmont

 

In2Great!’s Therapeutic Summer Camps

In2Great! Pediatric Therapy offers several programs for children outside of their year-round services. Their camps and other programs focus on social skills development, emotional development, self-regulation skill building, sensory and fine/gross motor development, communication skills, transition skill building, and more.

Contact: 847-777-8995, click here to email

Location: Buffalo Grove

 

Just Right: A Supportive Summer Camp

Offered by Kick Start Pediatric Therapy Network, Just Right is a summer camp for children ages 3-6 years old who need a small group camp experience that aids in the progress of social skills, sensory processing, and language development. It is open to children with or without a medical diagnosis with insurance coverage available to those who qualify. Kick Start also has other small/social groups.

Contact: 847-386-6560, info@kickstartptn.com

Location: Northfield

 

Mueller Pediatric Therapy

Mueller Pediatric Therapy serves clients age birth to 18 years old. They offer more than a dozen specialty summer groups, programs, and social groups throughout the year. Their family-centered approach gives children every opportunity to be successful. Some of their summer groups include focuses on handwriting, communication, motor skills, social skills, sensory needs, and much more.

Contact: 309-282-6704, click here to email

Location: East Peoria

 

One in a Hundred Summer Camp

The One In A Hundred summer camp was established in 2009 to help children who have challenges establishing and maintaining friendships to develop social language skills within a positive summer day camp experience. Combining executive functioning skill development, Social Thinking® skills based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner, and drama experiences, campers learn how to share experiences with their peers in the best context possible — a real, vibrant community of friends.

Contact: 847-461-9230, info@oneinahundredprogram.com

Location: Northbrook

 

Step Forward Therapy

Step Forward Therapy offers year-round therapies as well as specialty therapy groups for kids. These groups utilize the Social Thinking approach to help kids better understand peer interactions and what is expected of them within social settings. New groups are always forming.

Contact: 224-248-9449, meribeth@stepfwdtherapy.com

Location: Arlington Heights

 

Treehouse Pediatric Therapy

Among the plethora of other year-round services offered by Treehouse Pediatric Therapy, you can also find several different social groups. Led by multiple licensed speech or occupational therapists at the clinic, the social groups typically range from 3-6 children in a similar age group. The social groups are most popular during the summer, but can run at any time of the year with enough interest. The therapists that facilitate these groups focus on encouraging interaction with peers, verbalizing emotions, understanding and expressing social cues, sharing and playing well with others, learning problem-solving skills, as well as much more.

Contact: 630-541-3652, info@treehousepediatric.com

Location: Woodbridge and Batavia

 

Turning Wheels Pediatric Therapy Summer Groups

Turning Wheels provides child and family-focused pediatric speech and occupational therapy to children of all ages. They combine excellent care with a fun and engaging environment allowing your child to feel comfortable while achieving success. Turning Wheels Pediatric Therapy also offers several summer groups including Superflex Social Skills Group, Talk Time, Writing Rockstars, Sensory Explorers, Toddler Talk, and more.

Contact: 630-200-6972, info@turningwheelstherapy.com

Location: Weaton

 

INDIANA

Camp Yes And

Camp Yes And is a project of the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Their mission is to use improv to foster equity and inclusion in education. They combine support for neurodiverse youth to make social connections with professional learning for educators. Camp Yes And is a summer day camp designed for neurodiverse and similar high school students who would benefit from support around building social communication skills. Camp is also a professional learning opportunity for educators: K-12 general and special educators, speech-language pathologists, school psychologists and social workers, community-based arts educators, etc.

Contact: 812-855-6508, click here to email

Location: Bloomington

 

IOWA

Camp Courageous

Camp Courageous, a year-round respite care and recreation facility, welcomes individuals with developmental or physical disabilities or health conditions ranging in age from 3 to adulthood.

Contact: 319-465-5916, info@campcourageous.org

Location: Monticello

 

Camp High Hopes

Camp High Hopes offers year-round therapeutic recreation programs and respites in Sioux City, IA designed to enrich the lives of youth and adults with diagnosed disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other special needs. Our specialized programs include experiences in archery, canoeing, and nature education, among others, for individuals and groups with Autism, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and other intellectual and physical disabilities.

Contact: 712-224-2267, info@camphighhopes.com

Location: Sioux City

 

University of Iowa’s Wendell Johnson Speech & Hearing Center

Summer therapy programs allow for intensive therapy opportunities, bonding among participants who share similar communication disorders, and one-on-one counseling for parents whose children participate in these programs. Summer programs include: Language and Literacy Club, Listen and Speak Up preschool, MAGIC and ARC Support Groups, Social Climbers, Summer Speech Buddies, and UISPEAKS Fluency Camp.

Contact: 319-467-4304, speech-path-aud@uiowa.edu

Location: Iowa City

 

KANSAS

Literacy Camp

Held at the Wichita State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, Literacy Camp involves reading, writing, fun activities, and hands-on materials to strengthen children’s literacy skills.

Contact: 316-978-6356, karissa.marble-flint@wichita.edu

Location: Wichita

 

Sertoma-Schiefelbusch Summer Programs

The Sertoma-Schiefelbusch Summer Programs bring children together to explore their world and improve their communication skills while participating in fun activities. The programs are staffed by students and faculty from the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, a part of The University of Kansas.

Contact: 785-864-4690, sdomingos@ku.edu

Location: Lawrence

 

KENTUCKY

Talk About Fun!

The University of Kentucky Communication Sciences and Disorders Academic Clinic offers two options for summer speech and language services. The June Summer Camp, for ages 3-8, will provide children with both group and individual activities. The July Summer Enrichment Program is for children of all ages to work on speech and language goals in an individual setting. All sessions will be supervised by a licensed speech-language pathologist and conducted by a team of graduate students enrolled in the University of Kentucky Communication Sciences and Disorders Master’s Program. These options are designed for children with mild to moderate articulation, phonological, and language deficits and will provide enrichment and maintenance of speech and language skills. Each week will incorporate a theme to target various skills, including building vocabulary, grammatical concepts, literacy skills, and phonological processes. Both are a great way for your child to stay on track with their speech and language skills and continue to work toward their goals!

Contact: 859-218-0584, kimberlywest@uky.edu

Location: Lexington

 

The Hearing & Speech Center

The Early Learning Center at The Hearing & Speech Center offers a variety of early educational programming including Day School for children as young as six weeks, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Summer programs including camps for children through second grade. Children with and without hearing loss or speech/language delays can benefit from our inclusive classroom settings. All classrooms and activities at the Early Learning Center feature language and literacy enriched curriculum with small student to teacher ratios. The listening and spoken language based programs provide a superior educational foundation for all children.

Contact: 859-268-4545, laurat@hscky.org

Location: Lexington

 

LOUISIANA

Camp Dynamics

Camp Dynamics, offered by Dynamic Therapy Specialists, is a therapeutic camp for struggling learners. This summer day camp offers campers an opportunity to engage in FUN and silly activities while also learning how to organize their bodies for improved focus and attention, learning, and behavior. Campers rotate through a variety of stations designed to facilitate listening comprehension, reading fluency, written expression, social skills, focus and attention, body organization, self-regulation, problem solving, and peer collaboration.

Contact: 225-767-5032, info@dtsbr.com

Location: Baton Rouge

 

MAINE

Camp Alsing

Camp Alsing is a premier co-ed residential summer camp for children with High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or other social communication challenges. Their specially trained staff guide children, ages 9-22, to develop connections and expand their boundaries in a traditional camp setting.

Contact: 207-805-4155, click here to email

Location: Standish and Portland

 

Pine Tree Society Camps

Pine Tree Society offers three different summer programs: Pine Tree Camp to You, Pine Tree Camp Adventure Day Pass, and Family Recreation Weekends. In addition, they offer a specialty program, Camp Communicate, which is an innovative retreat designed specifically for non-verbal children who use computerized devices, known as augmentative or alternative communication (AAC), to communicate. Camp Communicate offers kids a unique opportunity to spend time with other augmentative communicators in an accessible summer camp environment. During their stay, they will learn new skills, meet friends, and become more comfortable and confident in their communication abilities.

Contact: 207-386-5990, ptcamp@pinetreesociety.org

Location: Rome

 

MARYLAND

Basic Concepts, LLC Summer Program

Basic Concepts offers a variety of classes for children from preschool through middle school. They utilize numerous therapeutic interventions (sensory, play, music, social, and behavioral) throughout daily activities for maximum achievement. Summer programs are intended for children who have mild to moderate deficits in speech, language, play, sensory, and socialization. Children participate in both small and whole group activities to ensure that their individual goals are met. Speech-language pathologists and special educators provide services during camp.

Contact: 240-447-8013, click here to email

Location: Rockville

 

 

Camp Fairlee

Easterseals Camp Fairlee provides recreation and respite for individuals age 6 and up. Camp Fairlee provides a safe and accessible camp experience where campers are challenged to discover their full potential, acquire new skills, and make new and lasting friendships while under the guidance of trained and qualified staff.

Contact: 410-778-0566, fairlee@esdel.org

Location: Chestertown

 

POW Therapeutic Summer Camp

Play on Words (PoW) Therapy offers the POW Therapeutic Summer Camp which consists of language groups led by a certified speech-language pathologist and assistants (college and graduate students studying speech therapy). Groups consist of communication development, language-based activities, play therapy, and brief individual or dyad (2-person) sessions.

Contact: 240-283-7752, christina@playonwordstherapyllc.com

Location: Hyattsville and Silver Spring

 

Summer Sensations Camp

Summer Sensations is a full-day therapeutic camp carefully designed to support the needs of children with learning differences and sensory processing challenges. Their unique program blends the expertise and knowledge of professionals from different therapeutic backgrounds (speech, occupational, physical, and more) to promote camper success.

Contact: 410-997-8081, summersensationscamp@yahoo.com

Location: Columbia

 

The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC) Summer Programs

TLC offers a variety of summer program options for preschool children, those enrolled in K-12, as well as young adults. Their summer programs provide therapeutic support, compliment the school year curriculum, and develop workplace skills. In addition, they offer summer skills support through outpatient speech-language, occupational therapy, and tutoring programs.

Contact: 301-424-5200 x306, LTorvik@ttlc.org

Location: Rockville

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Camp Aspire from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

MGH Aspire’s summer adventure camp is a 6-week program for individuals ages 5-13 with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile. Participants have a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD), anxiety disorder, ADHD, or similar cognitive profiles. Campers participate in a rich weekly schedule full of typical camp activities, such as boating, swimming, archery, and art. Participants receive direct instruction and in-the-moment social coaching to support skill building in the areas of self-awareness, stress management, and social competency (MGH Aspire’s “3S” model).

Contact: 781-860-1900, mghaspire@partners.org

Location: Westwood

 

Camp Triumph

Camp Triumph is a specialized summer day program for children and adolescents ages 6-16. Some of the Camp Triumph campers have not had a positive camping experience in a regular day camp, but do not require a camp for children with severe psychological, behavioral, mental, or physical difficulties. While our campers are very diverse, some of them have diagnoses such as ADHD, Executive Functioning Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder, and Anxiety Disorder. Children who attend Camp Triumph may benefit in the following ways: acquire self-confidence; increase physical skills and coordination; develop better social skills; learn to channel energy constructively; and much more.

Contact: 781-942-9277, triumphcenter@verizon.net

Location: North Reading

 

Camp Words Unspoken

Youth who have difficulty with speech fluency will join together in Pittsfield, MA. Camp Words Unspoken is a fun, interactive, therapeutic learning experience, in a positive and friendly recreational environment, specifically designed for youth and teens between the ages of 8-18 who stutter.

Contact: 413-478-9805, campwordsunspoken@gmail.com

Location: Pittsfield

 

Summer@Carroll

The Carroll School offers summer camps for children with language-based learning difficulties and caters to the educational needs of campers – from teaching decoding skills to reinforcing skills learned during the school year to preparing kids for high school. Some program highlights include: Day camp for children with language-based learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) entering Grades 1-9; Skilled Orton-Gillingham trained tutors, teachers, and counselors come from Carroll School and other Boston area schools and colleges; Cognitive Development programs strengthen the underlying skills needed to learn.

Contact: 781-314-9821, summeradmissions@carrollschool.org

Location: Waltham

 

MICHIGAN

Camp ALEC

Camp ALEC is a week-long summer camp specifically designed for children with physical disabilities whose primary mode of communication is AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). The goal of camp is to improve AAC Literacy, Education, and Communication (ALEC).

Contact: 248-869-6073, campalecinfo@gmail.com

Location: Grand Rapids

 

Camp Shout Out

Camp Shout Out is a one-of-a-kind program located within a typical, overnight summer camp environment. Camp gathers youth who stutter ages 8-18, board-certified fluency specialists, speech-language pathologists, graduate students, camp staff, and volunteers for approximately one week to grow as communicators. Programming draws upon research supporting the camp experience, therapy, and support for kids and teens who stutter. Guided activities are designed to encourage each participant to grow as a communicator through engagement in positive, motivating, and fun communication experiences.

Contact: 231-744-9260, office@campshoutout.org

Location: Middleville

 

Say & Play Program

This summer program from The Speech Language Learning Center, Inc. provides speech and language therapy and occupational therapy in a small group setting using theme-based activities. Activities target individual goals including language development, articulation, social interactions, fine and gross motor skills, sensory skills, and more.

Contact: 810-733-3911, info@sllcenter.net

Location: Flint

 

MINNESOTA

Bridge the Gap Summer Camp

Bridge the Gap Summer Camp offers students of all ages unique opportunities for enrichment, advancement, and fun in academics and essential social and life skills. They provide ample opportunities to explore interests, develop important skills, and become more prepared for the next level of academic challenges or to maintain skills that were gained during the school year.

Location: 952-737-6900, office@aowl.org

Location: Minnetonka

 

Camp Confidence

Confidence Learning Center, otherwise known as Camp Confidence, is an outdoor center for persons with developmental and cognitive disabilities along with the deaf and hard of hearing communities. The programs at Camp Confidence are aimed at promoting self-confidence and self-esteem, and the necessary skills to become full, contributing members of society. Campers achieve this through active “hands-on” activities and participation in a variety of outdoor experiences. Campers will experience personal growth while participating in educational programs which include archery, cross country skiing, canoeing, and fishing just to mention a few.

Contact: 218-828-2344, info@confidencelearningcenter.org

Location: East Gull Lake

 

Camp Connections

Camp Connections, offered by West Metro Learning Connections, is a unique day camp program for children (ages 5 and up) with autism and related conditions. Camp offers social skills programming combined with goal-directed therapeutic recreation activities for children including fun, theme-centered activities, learning experiences, and field trips. Campers will increase social understanding and social thinking; develop, fine tune, and generalize social skills; build and expand peer interactions and friendship behaviors; facilitate self-awareness, self-management, and self-expression; develop and practice independent and cognitive skills for life-long success; and more.

Contact: 952-474-0227, click here to email

Location: Excelsior

 

The University of Minnesota Kids Who Stutter

The Sioris Family University of Minnesota offers the Kids Who Stutter summer camp. Because stuttering is a multi-factorial impairment, which affects much more than speech fluency, the focus of camp is on the social, emotional, and attitudinal aspects of stuttering. The goal is for kids to accept themselves as people who stutter who can also be very good communicators.

Contact: 612-624-3322, slhs@umn.edu

Location: Minneapolis

 

MISSISSIPPI

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MISSOURI

Summer Camps at Fontbonne

Fontbonne University offers a variety of free summer programs in science, technology, arts, and more. Their GOALS Camps are designed for children to work on current speech, language, pragmatic, and fluency goals through sports, theater, science, and other fun activities.

Contact: 816-501-2975, speechclinic@fontbonne.edu

Location: St. Louis

 

MONTANA

Youth Engagement Through Intervention (YETI) Programs

Youth Engagement Through Intervention (YETI) is a social skills intervention framework that uses a variety of evidence-based practices and strategies such as video modeling, social narratives, differential reinforcement, role-plays, and visual schedules. During YETI, children learn social and communication skills such as joining in peer groups, maintaining conversation, and coping with frustrations. Children in the group are provided opportunities to learn new skills, practice the skills in a safe environment, as well try out the skills outside of group (e.g., home or school).

Contact: 406-243-2405, ritecarereception@mso.umt.edu

Location: Missoula

 

NEBRASKA

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NEVADA

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Camp RUNAMUCK

Miracle Farm Speech Therapy offers the RUNAMUCK summer program, which provides therapeutically driven activities designed by SLPs. Fun activities help children with sensory regulation, social skills, language, speech, communication, motor planning, attention, motor skills, and more.

Contact: 603-918-0895, katherine@miraclefarmtherapy.com

Location: Hampton Falls

 

Camp Starfish

Camp Starfish focuses on the needs of each camper and meets them where they are, then helps them get where they need to be. Camp teaches children how to interact appropriately in a social group, play cooperatively on a team, and resolve conflicts verbally and peacefully. Campers also work on individual goals, all while being active outdoors, exploring their talents and interests and having fun. When a child has extra needs – either social, emotional, behavioral, or learning related – the challenge of finding just the right place becomes immense. Camp Starfish celebrates each child for being the person they are, while at the same time, giving them space and support to grow their skills and self-esteem.

Contact: 978-637-2617, info@campstarfish.org

Location: Rindge

 

NEW JERSEY

Activity Connection

Activity Connection, from Children’s Specialized Hospital, provides recreational, sports, and social activities for children, teens, and young adults with diverse abilities. The programs provide opportunities to make new friends, participate in various activities, and enjoy new experiences. All programs are led by Children’s Specialized Hospital’s therapists, certified program instructors, coaches, and trained volunteers who provide age-appropriate and safe activities in an inclusive and fun environment. Programs provide children of all abilities to participate alongside one another to promote acceptance, compassion, self-confidence, and friendship building.

Contact: 908-301-5548, activityconnection@childrens-specialized.org

Location: Union County

 

Camp Chatterbox

Camp Chatterbox is a one-week overnight camp for children and young adults, ages 5-22, who use synthesized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. All campers participate in a range of social, recreational, and educational activities to promote use of their communication systems and interact with other children. Therapy activities are led by licensed and ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologists, special education teachers, recreational therapists, and other qualified professionals. Activities facilitate AAC device use throughout the day, and help build expressive language and critical thinking skills in a fun and functional environment. In addition, recreational activities include swimming, nature exploration, art, and sports. Each evening, campers, siblings, parents, and staff gather for activities such as campfires, dances, and a camp talent show.

Contact: 908-301-5548, campchatterbox@childrens-specialized.org

Location: Oakhurst

 

Camp PAL

Camp PAL is a summer camp for children with learning differences. Camp PAL offers the perfect mix of summertime camp fun and therapeutic intervention. At Camp PAL, children participate in innovative, creative, and fun therapeutic groups run by the knowledgeable team of therapists at Creative Speech Solutions, LLC. Groups are small and carefully constructed to both challenge and nurture the children, while promoting friendships, self-confidence, and a strong sense of community.

Contact: 908-598-0228, admin@creativespeechsolutions.com

Location: Chatham

 

Open Hearts/Open Doors

The JCC Camps at Medford special needs inclusion camp program, Open Hearts/Open Doors (OH/OD), provides accommodations that enable children with disabilities to fully participate with age-appropriate peers at camp. Campers in the OH/OD program span a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and communication impairments.

Contact: 856-751-1666, ssideman@jfedsnj.org

Location: Medford

 

NEW MEXICO

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NEW YORK

C.A.M.P. Program

Communicate, Articulate, Make Friends, and Play at the Speech Language Pathology in Motion C.A.M.P. Program, a weeklong speech and language enrichment program. The goal of the program is to help children practice critical speech and language skills with peers, while also participating in a positive summer experience. Individualized goals are targeted throughout the week, providing hundreds of opportunities for practice across activities. There is a strong focus on peer interactions and pragmatic language skills built into the program. Activities include equine movement, creative arts, group lunch/playground, language games, and swimming.

Contact: 631-479-3393, click here to email

Location: Islandia

 

Camp Speech Zone

Camp Speech Zone is a small-group ratio program run by speech therapists and occupational therapists for children who struggle in any of the speech-language, social, and/or occupational therapy domains. Throughout the day, therapists weave in opportunities for socialization, improved articulation, vocabulary development, language expansion, lengthening sentences, fine motor development, sensory input, and more.

Contact: 212-799-1750, speechzonenyc@gmail.com

Location: New York City

 

CommuniCamp & CommuniClub

The Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders (from Teachers College, Columbia University) offers CommuniCamp each summer. CommuniCamp is a mini-camp for children between the ages of 6 and 16 who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The Mysak Clinic also offers CommuniClub for children ages 3-8 who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and their families.

Contact:  212-678-3000, click here to email

Location: New York City

 

Theraplay

Theraplay offers various classes, groups, and programs throughout the year. My Playful Mind is the summer camp program for children ages 4-6. Through the use of movement, creative arts, and sensory motor experiences, children will develop age appropriate gross motor, fine motor, language, and sensory integration skills. The goal is for children to meet their age appropriate milestones and prepare them for pre-kindergarten and beyond. The program places a special emphasis on social skills and peer interactions.

Contact: 212-288-1450, office@theraplaynyc.com

Location: New York City

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Emerge Pediatric Therapy

Emerge Pediatric Therapy offers Therapeutic Group Programs, which are an opportunity for children to receive an intensive therapy experience in a small group setting. These programs are designed to help children become more successful in meeting the demands and expectations of everyday life. This is done through playful engagement in success-oriented activities in a setting that offers natural opportunities for engagement.

Contact: 919-928-0204, info@emergepeds.com

Location: Cary and Durham

 

Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic Programs

The Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic from East Carolina University provides a wide variety of programs for fluency/stuttering, language disorders, reading/writing disorders, and more. Their specialty groups include Summer Camps.

Contact: 252-744-6104, click here to email

Location: Greenville

 

Summer Speech and Language Camp

SLPs work on developing your child’s skills in the following key areas: literacy, sensory issues, vocabulary, articulation, memory, and so much more.

Contact: 704-845-0561, click here to email

Location: TBD

 

Talisman Summer Camps

Talisman Camps offers a wide variety of summer camp opportunities for young people ages 6-22 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and other learning differences. Programs offer both outdoor adventure curriculum as well as traditional camp experiences (plays, s’mores, and campfire songs, to name a few). Camp provides leadership opportunities, social skill-building, and enhances personal accountability while fostering increased independence and self-esteem.

Contact: 828-697-6313, info@talismancamps.com

Location: Zirconia

 

The Speech Garden Summer Camp

Camp has a structured schedule that combines language development with literacy, music, science, movement, and fun! Weekly themes such as farming, transportation, bugs, jungles, or oceans are integrated into all daily activities. The theme is carried throughout all elements of the daily schedule including literacy, snack, centers, music, language development, and outside play. Accommodations such as visual cues and graphic organizers help children better understand information in order to participate in the curriculum.

Contact: 704-609-8255, tiffanyseigler@speechgarden.org

Location: Charlotte

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Annie’s House Programs

Annie’s House is a state-of-the-art facility and provides an array of life-changing opportunities for individuals and veterans with disabilities. Through development of new opportunities along with collaboration and expansion of presently available programs, the goal is to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Recreation and leisure activities provide opportunities that are inclusive to families and friends, empower participants in their daily lives, and have a positive lasting effect on confidence, personal fitness, independence, and overall well-being.

Contact: 701-263-4556, rachel.buss@annecenter.org

Location: Bottineau, Jamestown, Bismarck, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, and Moorhead

 

Elks Camp Grassick

Elks Camp Grassick is a summer camp for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Camp provides therapies such as reading intervention, speech and language, and occupational therapy along with recreation, crafts, and waterfront activities. Camp’s mission is to provide a summer camp experience where children and adults can learn, grow, and build friendships while fostering independence in a supportive and accepting environment.

Contact: 701-327-4251, campgrassick@gmail.com

Location: Dawson

 

OHIO

Camp Communicate

Speak Life Speech Therapy offers a week-long, inclusive summer camp, Camp Communicate, for kids with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and other impactful speech sound disorders. Campers are welcome from around the US to attend this fun, memorable, and enriching experience.

Contact: 419-230-1646, lynn@speaklifespeechtherapy.com

Location: Wapakoneta

 

Easterseals Northern Ohio Summer Programs

Easterseals supports opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to experience summer camp settings specifically designed to accommodate their individual needs. They host several summer day camps throughout northern Ohio allowing campers to meet new friends, develop new skills, and have fun.

Contact: 440-838-0990, click here to email

Location: Broadview Heights

 

Flourish Summer Group Programs

Flourish Integrated Therapy, LLC offers a variety of targeted summer programs for children with speech and language needs. Sessions are run by SLPs and occupational therapists. Groups include but are not limited to Scribe & Say, Move & Groove, Social Musketeers, Bookworm Buddies, and more.

Contact: 614-545-8300, victoria@flourishohio.com

Location: Columbus

 

Great Expressions Speech Camp

Great Expressions Speech Camp offers language-based activities that promote communication interactions. Activities include language concepts, vocabulary development, social skills, developmental language skills, use of AAC, and speech sound development. All classes are led by a team of SLPs.

Contact: 740-965-9284, profspeech@msn.com

Location: Sunbury

 

LLA Therapy Summer Programs

Group programs from LLA Therapy are supportive, safe, groups that build upon communication, social, fine motor, gross motor, and behavior skills learned in therapy with peers. LLA therapists collaborate to provide personalized care. The Stars and Stripes summer program is designed to target IEP goals in a fun and engaging school-based environment. Stars and Stripes provides specialized academic support in addition to behavioral, music, occupational, physical, and speech therapies under one roof.

Contact: 330-867-2240, info@llatherapy.org

Location: Copely, Medina, Brunswick, Barberton

 

SMILE Summer Camp

SMILE Summer Camp™ is a therapeutic day camp led by a speech-language therapist and hosted by Peak Potential Therapy. Campers engage in structured learning activities in addition to daily field trips to generalize skills while focusing on social skills, communication, and emotional regulation. This therapeutic program was developed specifically for children with disabilities to provide them with a fun and interactive way to develop social skills, participate in the activities that typical kids take for granted, and work on their IEP goals. Every day will be fun-filled with intensive speech-language therapy focused on your child’s goals while being engaged in an outing in the community. Siblings and friends are also invited to attend.

Contact: 330-405-8776, contact@peakpotentialtherapy.com

Location: Northfield

 

Summer Speech Camp at MEEC (Middleburg Early Education Center)

This program delivers developmentally and individually appropriate activities for children who are 18 months to 6 years of age, with a variety of speech-language, social/emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs. This camp program will provide children with supplemental social experiences, which are designed to encourage play skills such as initiating, creative play, choosing independent play activities, completing chosen activities, and encouraging use of communication.

Contact: 440-888-9922, meecpreschool@gmail.com

Location: Middleburg Heights

 

Thrive Summer Camp

Children of all ages and abilities are welcome at the inclusive, therapist-led Thrive Summer Camp. Fun weekly themes, regular field trips, and special guests keep kids engaged & offer many opportunities to play, move, explore, create, and connect. Campers with special needs have the benefit of therapist supervision and involvement, promoting greater generalization of therapy goals like improved communication, independence, and social skills.

Contact: 330-748-4807, thrivecenterTWC@gmail.com

Location: Brecksville

 

OKLAHOMA

Articulation Bootcamp & Language Lab

The University of Tulsa Speech & Hearing Clinic offers two summer speech programs. Articulation Bootcamp is an intensive group therapy focused on improving articulation and phonological disorders. This 8-week camp will incorporate movement, games, drills and fun. Language Lab is an intensive group therapy focused on providing a high language and literacy environment to encourage language learning. It is aimed at children ages 2 to 4 who have a language delay.

Contact: 918-631-2000, ronda-marfechuk@utulsa.edu

Location: Tulsa

 

Camp Communicate

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

Speech Pathway offers two speech summer camps: Kid Connection and Intense Academy. Intense Academy is an intensive camp focused on increasing functional communication, oral-motor planning, and/or articulation skills. Campers will participate in individual, small group, and large group sessions to target communication goals and comply with instructions to improve the ability to participate in joint/group activities. Group parent/caregiver training and question/answer sessions will also be provided for carryover of skills within the home program or coordination of services with the child’s private therapists.

Contact: 405-603-6622, info@speechpathway.net

Location: Oklahoma City

 

OREGON

Camp Meadowood Springs

Camp Meadowood Springs is a summer camp for children with communication disorders and related learning differences. Camp is best for campers with communication and/or social learning challenges. It is open to children who have a diagnosis that affects communication, speech, and/or social learning; have received or currently receive speech therapy and/or social skills training and would benefit from carry over support; are a sibling or friend of a camper with a speech/language need.

Contact: 541-276-2752, camp@meadowoodsprings.org

Location: Weston

 

Camp Yakety Yak

Camp Yakety Yak (CYY) is a nonprofit whose mission is to help children with special needs (e.g., Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability) grow socially and emotionally by improving their communication skills. The camp’s educational mission is two-fold: provide instruction in social & emotional skills to children with special needs & their siblings to support friendship development in a day camp setting; and provide an opportunity for future professionals in educational and therapeutic fields to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in working with children with special needs. Camp programming is provided by a multidisciplinary team of professional supervisors and consultants from general & special education, speech pathology, occupational therapy, behavior analysis, counseling, and nursing.

Contact: 971-303-3901, office@campyaketyyak.org

Location: Lake Oswego

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Camp Lee Mar

Camp Lee Mar offers unique summer programs for kids with special needs with a full curriculum incorporating a strong Academic and Speech program with traditional camp activities. Campers flourish at Camp Lee Mar due to the structured environment, which allows campers to feel comfortable and secure. Some of our campers may be in a mainstream school during the year while working on social skills and life skills at our special needs camp. Careful study is made of parent input, school IEPs, camper interviews, etc., so that the interests and needs of each child can best be determined for suitable grouping prior to the camper arriving.

Contact: 570-685-7188, ari@leemar.com

Location: Lackawaxen

 

Camp Pennwood

The Arc of York County’s Camp Pennwood provides a wide range of summer camp activities, such as swimming, arts and crafts, music, sports, and games to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities meet the challenges and opportunities that each of us encounter throughout our lives. Camp Pennwood offers a highly structured summer camp program for children with disabilities. It provides valuable opportunities for integration and inclusion through participation in activities with persons of all abilities. Camp Pennwood provides age-appropriate programs for children and teens, emphasizing personal, socialization, and recreational skills that can be carried over into daily lives; provides maximum physical and mental stimulation during the summer months, thereby minimizing regression in skills; and offers a variety of camp components each session, including indoor and outdoor recreation, self-care instruction, arts and crafts, and music.

Contact: 717-846-6589, mail@thearcofyorkcounty.org

Location: York

 

Camp Sequoia

Camp Sequoia is designed for campers who do not need the level of support offered at special needs overnight camps, yet need a different experience than a traditional overnight camp can offer. 2:5 staffing ratio allows campers to have fun and grow in a safe and supportive camp experience. Camp Sequoia offers overnight summer camp programs for boys ages 7-17 and girls ages 10-16. These programs are divided into five age-based divisions designed to help young men and women develop friendships, confidence, and character.

Contact: 610-771-0111, office@camp-sequoia.com

Location: Pennsburg

 

CASTLE Camp

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

CASTLE Camp is run through Temple University’s Speech, Language, and Brain Laboratory (SLAB lab). Research in the SLAB lab focuses on speech and language comprehension and production across the lifespan, both in unimpaired individuals and in various populations with developmental or acquired speech and/or language disorders, such as aphasia, apraxia of speech, and phonological disorders.

Contact: 215-204-1148, emaas@temple.edu

Location: Philadelphia

 

Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy

Hope Springs offers a variety of therapeutic equestrian programs including 1:1 riding sessions, horse camps, sibling programs, special education programs, and more. The benefits of equestrian therapy include increased strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination, self-confidence, and communication skills.

Contact: 610-827-0931, camps@hope-springs.org

Location: Chester Springs

 

The Woodlands

The Woodlands signature programs, expert staff, and adapted facilities are all designed to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families navigating the journey of disability and chronic illness. The barrier-free environment encourages everyone, of every ability and disability, to safely explore what’s possible and discover new levels of independence. Hands-on experiences guided by caring staff help to reinforce social, cultural, environmental, recreational, and spiritual growth. Participation is encouraged at every level, and celebrated in a welcoming and approachable group setting such as camps, retreats, clubs, and events.

Contact: 724-935-5470, lpatsilevas@woodlandsfoundation.org

Location: Wexford

 

Thorne Language Enrichment Summer Camp

The Thorne Language Enrichment Summer Camp is designed for children 3-5 years old, who qualify for speech therapy, but are looking for a camp experience, which embeds the therapy into a fun, multi-sensory camp curriculum.

Contact: 610-526-7633, bmcdonell@brynmawr.edu

Location: Bryn Mawr

 

VFES @ Camp Kweebec

Summer Matters, a program of Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES), offers summer programs that are designed especially to support students, ages 7–21, with high functioning autism, speech-language disorders, developmental disabilities, learning differences, or social-emotional challenges. Specialized recreation offers low participant-to-staff ratio, experienced staff, ongoing behavior support, structured daily programming, engaging, multisensory activities, and real-world learning. This program is held at Camp Kweebec.

Contact: 610-296-6725 x147, camp@vfes.net

Location: Schwenksville

 

RHODE ISLAND

Camp WANNAGOAGAIN

Camp WANNAGOAGAIN provides a safe, supported, and fun camp experience for children, teens, and young adults with ASD and related social-emotional or communication challenges. The camp program is designed to provide opportunities for real-life experiences, an environment to learn new leisure skills, and the chance to meet new friends in a structured environment with experienced staff. Camp provides the following supports for its campers across activities: Visual supports that enhance comprehension and prediction of expectations; Sensory-based activities that enhance a camper’s ability to take advantage of language and communication opportunities; Relaxation techniques that enhance self-regulation; Daily living routines incorporated into camp activities as appropriate; and more.

Contact: 401-785-2666, abigail.waite@lifespan.org

Location: West Kingston

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Camp Spearhead

Camp Spearhead offers camp sessions in the summer and two different seasons of The Weekend Program throughout the school year. The camp facility was specifically designed to meet the wide-ranging needs of campers. Children and adults with special needs ages 8 and older (no upper age limit). Activities include canoeing, kayaking, giant swing, zip line, high ropes course, alpine tower, nature activities, archery, swimming, basketball, gem mining, crafts, group games, yoga, and much more.

Contact: 864-467-3398, campspearhead@greenvillecounty.org

Location: Marietta

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

LifeScape Camps

LifeScape offers skill-building, therapy-based summer camps. These sessions with experienced pediatric therapists are a different, fun way to meet therapy goals, usually in a group setting. Summer day camps provide skill-building fun in areas such as speech and language, social skills, sensory processing, handwriting, and more.

Contact: 605-444-9700, info@LifeScapeSD.org

Location: Rapid City and Sioux Falls

 

TENNESSEE

Language Camp

Hosted by West Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center, Language Camp is for all children ages 4-9 experiencing speech/language disorder. Each group will be accompanied by a certified SLP.

Contact: 731-668-6076, kmoore@wthsc.com

Location: Jackson

 

Volunteer Your Voice Summer Program

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Volunteer Your Voice Summer Program is a one-week camp for children ages 7-12 diagnosed with communication disorders. Camp includes assessment, individual/ group treatment, and a personalized home program combined with adventures of a true summer camp experience.

Contact: 865-974-4641, thedinge@uthsc.edu

Location: Knoxville

 

TEXAS

Summer Speech Camp

Avoid the summer slump and maintain speech progress over the summer. This fun and engaging boot camp is open to students in Texas with an existing IEP and is offered through teletherapy. Specializing in speech disorders such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation, Phonological Disorders, Language Delays, and Stuttering. Our summer camp is one hour per week for nine weeks June 12-August 13, 2022. Participants receive one on one specialized speech therapy with a speech language pathologist. Build up speech skills and maintain progress over the summer. Avoid speech progress loss while school is out.

Contact: Olga@UtleySpeechTherapy.com

Location: San Antonio

 

Camp Acorn

Camp Acorn, offered by The Parish School, enhances language, social, motor, and academic development in a literature-rich, multi-sensory environment for children from 2-12 years old. Camp focuses on children who have communication delays and learning differences and average to above average learning potential.

Contact: 713-467-4696, info@parishschool.org

Location: Houston

 

Callier Center Summer Camps

Callier Center for Communication Disorders hosts Camp Interact, Summer Language Camp, Camp CHAT, and more. Camp Interact is a therapeutic day camp for children finishing 1st grade to 5th grades with social difficulties. Children may have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder/Asperger’s, ADHD, nonverbal learning disorder, and/or mild language impairments. Summer Language Camp is a six-week, intensive language therapy program for children who have language and learning disorders. Camp CHAT is a weekend retreat for teens with hearing loss and their families. Campers will engage in communication activities using the latest digital wireless microphones and technology.

Contact: 972-883-3630, rachel.wehner@utdallas.edu

Location: Dallas and Richardson

 

Capitol School of Austin (CSA) Summer Camps

CSA offers a fun and enriching summer learning experience in a supportive and compassionate environment for children identified as having speech, language, and/or learning differences. Each camp group is led by a speech-language pathologist or a special educator, using a group therapy-based, multi-sensory approach.

Contact: 512-467-7006, csa@captiolschool.com

Location: Austin

 

Cougar Communication Groups

University of Houston’s Speech-Language Clinic offers a variety of services, programs, and groups. The Cougar Communication Groups are affordable and intensive summer therapy groups for children ages 18 months and up. They are designed to improve speech and language skills and maintain progress made during the school year. The summer program features fun activities in small groups with a ratio of 1 clinician to 2 children. Various groups are available to focus on: language, articulation/ phonology, social, fluency, and voice skills. These groups are especially appropriate for children who do not receive public school services during the summer.

Contact: 713-743-0915, uslhc@uh.edu

Location: Houston

 

Kaufman-Apraxia Boot Camp

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

Hosted by The Carruth Center at The Parish School, Kaufman-Apraxia Boot Camp (K-ABC) is a speech-language based group therapy program designed to increase speech formulation, automaticity, language content, and structure for children (up to age 6) who have apraxia of speech or phonological processing disorder. These children benefit greatly from frequent and intensive speech-language therapy.

Contact: 713-935-9088, info@carruthcenter.org

Location: Houston

 

KidSpeak Dallas Summer Programs

KidsSpeak Dallas offers a wide variety of summer programming for children. The Articulation is Fun Group is for children that have difficulty with one or more sounds, is classroom-based, and focuses on difficult sounds through circle time, play, games, art, and more. Additional group offerings include Reading and Writing Camp, Executive Functioning Camp, Teen Groups, and more. All groups focus on the individualized skills of each child and the group as a whole: language (expressive and receptive skills), social communication, emotional regulation, sensory needs, play, social play, executive functioning, and more.

Contact: 214-636-0871, amanda@kidspeakdallas.com

Location: Dallas

 

Project T.A.L.K

Texas Hearing Institute created Project T.A.L.K. to enable children with hearing loss to achieve the following goals: Make friends while you increase your social and conversational skills, hang out with cool kids who have hearing loss just like you, and sharpen your listening skills while you’re having a blast with exciting activities. Campers will engage in fun activities like relay races, reading, photography, obstacle courses, games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and more.

Contact: 713-523-3633, click here to email

Location: Houston

 

School of Lexia

School of Lexia offers highly effective Dyslexia and Reading, Writing, and Math summer sessions for children in kindergarten to fifth grade to boost math skills, reading and writing accuracy, rate, and fluency. Multi-sensory activities in small groups, games, and centers provide the children with more confidence in reading, writing, and math while making learning fun!

Contact: 682-422-9372, info@SchoolOfLexia.org

Location: Mansfield

 

Summer Therapy Programs

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Speech-Language Clinic offers three summer therapy programs. Matador Munchers is a feeding group that provides opportunities for positive food exploration and learning to children with feeding aversion and/or oral-motor feeding difficulties. Tech Tykes is filled with opportunities for young children to boost their speech and language skills. Ready to Learn is designed to facilitate language and literacy skills in school-age children. Designed for students with difficulties in oral language, auditory processing, problem solving, reading and/or writing, this camp offers opportunities for students to learn new skills and strategies in fun, thematic-based activities.

Contact: 806-743-5678

Location: Lubbock

 

UTAH

Camp Kostopulos

Camp K’s mission is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through recreation, education, and growth experiences. Services are available to people of all abilities, levels of income, and place of residence. Year-round programs are evidence-based, and designed by recreational therapists to foster independence by increasing self-esteem, confidence, physical fitness, communication skills, relationships, and other life and social skills. Day Camps will be available to children, teens, and adults starting with age 7. Siblings, cousins, neighbors, and friends are welcome!

Contact: 801-582-0700, kdf@campk.org

Location: Salt Lake City

 

VERMONT

Camp Compass

Stern Center for Language and Learning hosts Camp Compass. Camp Compass includes activity-based experiences to promote social learning, appropriate for children ages 6-12. It brings together explicit approaches to social learning based on Social Thinking® and Activities, Games, and Lessons for Social Learning. Your child will experience concrete, visually-based strategies to help promote social success. Learning is facilitated through hands-on, theme-based, dynamic experiences and activities. Camp Compass capitalizes on students’ strengths and offers a positive and supportive environment designed to maximize their social potential.

Contact: 802-878-2332, social@sterncenter.org

Location: Williston

 

VIRGINIA

Building Blocks Therapy Summer Programs

Summer programs have licensed and registered occupational therapists and speech language pathologists running the program, which allows for emphasis on social skills while supporting children’s language, fine motor, and sensory motor development. Splish S.P.L.O.S.H. (Speech, Play, Language, Occupational Therapy, Social Skills, and Having Fun) is one of the speech-focused summer offerings.

Contact: 703-553-8819, admin@buildingblockstherapy.com

Location: Washington, DC and Falls Church, VA

 

Speech of Cake Summer Enrichment Program

The team at Speech of Cake, Inc. use a collaborative approach to address articulation, expressive language, receptive language, executive functioning, social skills, and literacy to educate and engage young minds during a summer enrichment program. Differentiated academic enrichment includes pronunciation, expressive and receptive language, reading, writing, and spelling instruction.

Contact: 703-705-2151, marina@speechofcakeinc.com

Location: Alexandria

 

Stuttering U.

University of Virginia hosts Stuttering U, a summer camp for children ages 8-12 who stutter. Fluency intervention aims to reduce tension while speaking, overcome anxiety and avoidance of certain speaking situations, develop an understanding and awareness of stuttering, and discover individualized tools and strategies to facilitate fluent speech.

Contact: 434-924-7034, cmb4tm@virginia.edu

Location: Charlottesville

 

WASHINGTON

Camp Candoo

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

Camp Candoo is an intensive speech therapy and early literacy summer camp for children ages 5-10 with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) or other severe speech disorders held at the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus. Washington State University and Eastern Washington University work collaboratively to offer excellent research-based clinical teaching and training throughout this nine-day camp. Therapy will be provided by graduate level clinicians who are supervised by a certified speech-language pathologist and an expert in the field of childhood motor speech disorders.

Contact: 509-368-6709, shs.camp.candoo@wsu.edu

Location: Spokane

 

Camp Stand By Me

Easterseals Camp Stand By Me is an inclusive, barrier-free environment for children and adults with disabilities to experience all the joys of camp without limitations. With low staff to camper ratios and an on-site registered nurse, camp can serve children and adults of any ability level. Camp Stand By Me offers all of the activities of a traditional summer camp in a safe, accessible environment. Activities include boating, campfires, fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, outdoor education, archery, and more.

Contact: 253-884-2722, campadmin@wa.easterseals.com

Location: Vaughn

 

WASHINGTON, DC

Building Blocks Therapy Summer Programs

Summer programs like Splish S.P.L.O.S.H. (Speech, Play, Language, Occupational Therapy, Social Skills, and Having Fun) have licensed and registered occupational therapists and speech language pathologists running the program, which allows for emphasis on social skills while supporting children’s language, fine motor, and sensory motor development.

Contact: 202-363-8255, admin@buildingblockstherapy.com

Location: Washington, DC and Falls Church, VA

 

CHAMP Camp

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

The Childhood Apraxia and Motor Planning™ Camp, known as CHAMP Camp, provides intensive speech therapy to children, and is hosted by the GW Speech and Hearing Center. CHAMP Camp brings children and their parents to individual and group therapy sessions with engaging activities. Each participant works with a clinician to ensure continuity of care and one-on-one support throughout the camp. A trademark of CHAMP is the highly individualized nature of the therapy experience. One treatment approach does not meet the needs of every child. Based on pre-camp information gathering and an initial assessment, a treatment protocol is developed to address your child’s speech and language needs. Regardless of the approach, therapy will incorporate the Principles of Motor Learning, and the CHAMP team will factor in the learning style of your child to identify an appropriate cueing and support hierarchy (i.e., tactile, visual or temporal cues). Goals focus on functional communication in the context of play or academic based activities, and incorporate language and social skills as needed.

Contact: 202-994-7362, slhs@gwu.edu

Location: Washington, DC

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Wood County Society Summer Speech Program

This camp is specifically designed for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

The Summer Speech Program, offered by Wood County Society, builds upon the success the child has learned and enables the child to grow and add new skills by utilizing enhanced interventions. This program is available to any student referred from their school in the Wood County school district and offered at no charge. Speech therapy is offered for children who may have apraxia of speech and/or sensory integration disorders and a speech/language delay.

Contact: 304-428-4280, director@woodcountysociety.com

Location: Parkersburg

 

WISCONSIN

Chatter Matters Camp

Variety Children’s Charity of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin Whitewater, brings together graduate speech pathology students and other student volunteers and instructors to host this overnight camp for children with special needs who use assistive communication devices and their immediate family members. This camp is available to children ages 5-15 who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their families. What makes Chatter Matters unique is that it’s just like a traditional summer camp, but the activities are fully adapted for AAC users. Through activities like arts & crafts, adaptive sports, games, campfires, and music, children learn to improve their communication device use. By allowing parents and siblings to attend, families have fun, create lasting family memories and bond with other families of children with special needs.

Contact: 262-777-2090, chattermatters@uww.edu

Location: Whitewater

 

WYOMING

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