It's possible to hire a special education consultant to help you figure out where to send your child for the summer. But you should be able to settle on the right place all by yourself. The key, experts say, is to seek input from everyone who is well acquainted with your child - teachers, therapists, doctors, other parents, and so on. And don't forget to ask your child what he thinks.
Consider whether your child is ready to be away from home (if a sleepaway program is on the table). And think about how much academic support your child needs - and whether he needs help controlling his behavior.
For more on summer treatment programs (STP), visit this nationwide directory of STPs.
Other helpful resources include:
- Directory of Summer Camps for Children with Learning Disabilities: Available for $5 from the Learning Disabilities Association, 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234; (412) 341-1515.
- Kids' Camps: A comprehensive directory of camps and summer programs.
- National Camp Association: Articles on choosing a camp and preparing kids for the experience.
This article comes from the February/March 2006 issue of ADDitude.