Two exciting words for many kids and parents. For children and families living with autism, the end of the school year and the long days of summer can be very challenging- and anything but relaxing. Finding appropriate and accommodating summer camps and activities for children on the autism spectrum requires some preparation and planning. We hope this information will help you prepare for a relaxing, pleasant and relatively stress-free summer.
You know your child best
Explore both inclusive and specialized programs to determine where your child will be supported, feel a sense of belonging, and maintain his or her independence while also gaining a sense of interdependence.
Find a camp that focuses on an activity your child enjoys.
Look for camps that are open to suggestions or encourage family participation.
Be honest and upfront about what your child needs.
Finding a Camp or Activity
We are fortunate to have an outstanding local resource in our region to prepare your child for camp and locate summer activities for children that require accommodation and support. The Center for Children with Special Needs at Seattle Children’s has a comprehensive list of summer camps and activities, including programs serving the autism community: