Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial at Nemours

June 8, 2015

Do you have a child who experiences Established Status Epilipticus? Then you need to know about the Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial, ongoing now at Nemours DuPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington DE, as well as other children’s hospitals across the country.

Seizure Study Enrollment Opportunities

Nemours duPont Hospital for Children’s Emergency Department is participating in a nationwide emergency seizure study titled Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial – ESETT.

Established Status Epilepticus

 

The goal of the study is to find the most effective anti-seizure medication to stop prolonged seizures. Any patient over 2 years of age may be eligibile for the study. Once enrolled on the study, a patient would receive one of three commonly used medications to stop the seizure.

What is Established Status Epilepticus?

Status Epilepticus (SE) is defined as a seizure or recurrent seizures that last more than five minutes without stopping or the person waking up. A person whose seizure does not stop after receiving a full dose of anti-seizure medicine is considered to have Established Status Epilepticus (ESE).

Established Status Epilepticus

 

There are approximately 120,000 – 180,000 episodes of SE each year in the United States. About one third of SE patients continue to have a seizure that will not stop and are considered an ESE seizure.

Why Have an ESE Treatment Trial?

Emergency Department care of Established Status Epilepticus (ESE) is not always the same across all hospitals. Doctors use their best judgment, but it is not known which treatment will work best. The best possible outcomes for patients with ESE are likely to depend upon a treatment that rapidly stops their seizure.

The purpose of the ESETT study is to find out which of three commonly used medicines given to a patient in the Emergency Department for ESE – phenoytoin, valproic acid, or levetiracetam – is safer and more effective for stopping the seizure.

What are Possible Benefits of an ESE Trial?

It is not known which treatment is best for treating Established Status Epilepticus. A person enrolled in the study may receive a better medicine to treat their seizures.

People who experience an ESE type seizure in the future may also benefit from the knowledge gained by this ESE Treatment Trial study.

Learn More About the Nemours ESETS Trial

Please visit www.nemours.org/ESETT or email ESETT@nemours.org to learn more about this opportunity to improve how ESE is treated in the Emergency room.

Established Status Epilepticus Trial at Nemours

 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT) study is part of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) and Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) Networks. Both Networks are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Let’s Go Camping! Summer 2015 Edition

April 27, 2015

This is Part 2 of our Summer Camps series. Part 1 is Delaware Summer Camps for Special Needs – Summer 2015 Edition.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Choosing the “best fit” summer camp for your child with specialized needs or chronic medical issues can be a daunting task. Is the camp adequately prepared to successfully manage those specialized medical issues? Does the camp staff have the proper training to know how to react appropriately if your child has a melt down, or requires medication during camp?

Summer Camps for Special Needs

Delaware Family Voices understands a parent’s need to find a “best fit” summer camp for their child with specialized needs or chronic medical issues. We understand your desire to find a camp that provides a safe, nurturing environment, and we are here to help! Listed below are summer camps in the Delaware area that can accommodate highly specialized needs. Enroll early! Many camps fill up fast.

Asthma

Asthma Camp

Asthma Camp is a week-long day program for Delaware children ages 7-11 with asthma. Supervision is provided by a full medical staff, including physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and nature explorations.

Asthma Camp DE is June 11-12 at Children’s Beach House, Lewes DE.

For Asthma Camps outside Delaware, check the Consortium on Children’s Asthma Camps.

Autism / Aspergers Spectrum Disorders

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor

Camp Fairlee Manor offers multiple camp sessions for children ages 6-21 on the Autism Spectrum. Campers safely enjoy many activities including canoeing, swimming, high ropes course, rock wall climbing, camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Camp has a one-to-one counselor to camper ratio, is staffed 24/7 with a nurse, and includes a sensory room.

Camp Fairlee Manor

Check Camp Fairlee Manor for specific camp dates.

The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp

The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp is designed for children ages 4-21 with ADHD, Austism Spectrum Disorder, PDD, and other behavior challenges. Behavior analysts and occupational therapists engage children in activities including arts and crafts, water play, horseback riding, yoga, music, cooking and more.

Explorer’s Club Camp is at The King’s Christian School, Cherry Hill, NJ. Three Monday to Friday sessions are offered in August.

Diabetes

Camp Possibilities

Camp Possibilities is a camp for children ages 8-15 who have diabetes. Campers can experience swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, sports and other activities in a safe environment.

Camp Possibilities is July 26-31 at Camp Ramblewood, Darlington, MD.

Camp Victory

Camp Victory is dedicated to providing a camp experience for children who live with chronic health problems, physical or mental disabilities, or the aftermath of catastrophic illness. Camp Victory is located in Millville PA.

Camp Victory’s Keystone Diabetic Kids’ Camp (KDKC) is dedicated to children with Type 1 Diabetes, ages 8-15. Click here for KDKC camp dates.

Kamp for Kids

Kamp For Kids: Diabetes and You is for children ages 4-14 with diabetes and their siblings and friends. The camp’s goal is to assist campers to better understand diabetes and to live a healthy life. Campers will learn about health and wellness through fun and exciting activities.

Kamp for Kids is July 27-31 at the University of Delaware’s McDowell Hall.

Down Syndrome

Camp PALS – Philadelphia & The Poconos

Camp PALS is for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome. Each camper is paired with a counselor with whom they will room and travel with throughout the week. Camp focuses on fostering camper independence.

Camp PALS

Camp PALS Philadelphia is June 21 – 27, ages 12-18 at Cabrini College.

Camp PALS Poconos is July 19-25, ages 16-21 at the University of Scranton.

Hearing Impaired

Deaf Camps Inc.

Deaf Camps Inc provide fun, communication-rich camps for deaf and hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

Deaf Camp (ages 7-19) and ASL Camp (ages 7-18) is August 2-7, 2015 at Manidokan Camping and Retreat Center, Knoxville, MD.

Speech and Language

Speech Clinic Camp

The Speech Clinic Summer Camp is for children ages 3-5 who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having speech-language or social and/or pragmatic language needs.

Contact The Speech Clinic for 2015 Camp dates.

Spina Bifida

Camp Spifida

Camp Spifida offers exciting activities for children ages 6-18 with spina bifida. Campers will enjoy crafts, fishing, swimming, dancing, hayrides, paddleboats, campfires, woodworking, a challenge course, and a 26 foot high climbing wall. On-site medical staff is at camp throughout the week.

Spina Bifida Summer Camps

Camp Spifida 2015 is July 16 – 21 at Camp Victory, Millville PA.

Visually Impaired

Camp SunnyBrook

Camp SunnyBrook for The Blind is a six-week long summer day camp for blind and visually impaired children living in either New Castle or Kent Counties. Campers will experience swimming, arts and crafts, nature programs, music, field trips and more. All activities are adapted for blind and visually impaired children.

Contact Delaware Association for the Blind for 2015 camp dates and child eligibility.

Let’s Go To Summer Camp 2015!

There are many summer camps offered through out the area and across the country. Check Healthy Delawareans With Disabilities Camps for camps not mentioned here, or for camps in other geographic locations. Also check the Delaware Family Voices Summer Camps page for additional summer camp possibilities.

Camps for Kids with Special needs

Do you know of a summer camp that accommodates children with specialized needs that isn’t listed here? One that other Delaware families might be interested in? Please share it with us.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Delaware Family Voices website includes links to other Internet and third party resources. These third party resources are for your consideration only. Their products and services are not intended to be considered an endorsement by Delaware Family Voices. 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Images from Camp Fairlee Manor, Camp PALS, and ClipArts (children).


Delaware Summer Camps for Special Needs – 2015 Edition!

April 23, 2015

Note: This is Part 1 of a 2-part Summer Camps series.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Finding a summer camp for a child with special needs can be daunting for parents. Specific questions and concerns often need to be addressed before sending their child to camp. Questions like: Will the camp meet my child’s special needs? Will my child thrive at camp? Are camp counselors trained to handle my child’s special needs?

de summer camps

We are here to help! Delaware Family Voices understands how important it is to find the right summer camp for your  child, and have compiled a list of summer camps in the Delaware area for your consideration. Each camp is specially designed to meet the unique challenges of children with special needs.

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor

Camp Fairlee Manor offers multiple programs for children and adults with physical disabilities and / or cognitive impairments as well as special weeks for children with Autism spectrum disorders. Located near Chestertown, Maryland, Camp Fairlee Manor is a fully accessible setting, ensuring children have full access to camp activities and programs.

Weekly Summer Camp: Camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, nature walks, swimming, fishing, ropes courses and canoeing.

Respite Weekends: A weekend-based year-round camp for children and adults with the most involved physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral disabilities, including medically-fragile individuals.

Residential Summer Camp: A traditional residential summer camp that includes activities like swimming, wall climbing, zip line, horseback riding, outdoor games, arts and crafts. Camp sessions available ages 6 to 21.

Daily Adventures: Activities include field trips to nearby places like the shore, state parks and zoos, Washington DC, Annapolis and Baltimore. The Youth Daily Adventure is for children ages 13-21.

Summer Camps for Special Needs

 

Refer to Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor for camp dates and details.

Camp Lee Mar

Camp Lee Mar is an overnight camp for children with mild to moderate learning and developmental challenges. Campers participate in traditional summer camp activities in a structured environment as well as speech and language therapy, adaptive athletic program, vocational training and therapeutic horseback riding.

Camp Lee Mar runs from June 24 to August 11, and is located in Lackawaxin, PA. Financial assistance might be available.

Camps Lenape And Manito

Camps Lenape and Manito, run by United Cerebral Palsey of Delaware, are open to children and young adults (ages 3-21) with orthopedic disabilities as well as children without disabilities. Both sites have paved walkways for easy access by wheelchair and a swimming pool with an accessible in-pool ramp. Through traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, music, nature and sports, camp counselors promote independence and self-esteem, helping to build self-confidence in campers with disabilities.

Both camps run from June 29 to August 7, 2015. Camp Manito serves New Castle County, and Camp Lenape serves Kent and Sussex Counties.

Camp Sequoia

Camp Sequoia is an overnight summer camp designed to assist boys ages 7-17 to further develop their social skills. The camp’s innovative program integrates Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking framework to help campers build their social thinking skills through an active, traditional camp program. Many campers are diagnosed with ADHD. Campers also include boys with social anxiety, learning differences which affect social skills development, as well as boys who may not have a formal diagnosis yet present with social learning needs.

Camp Sequoia runs from June 28 to August 8 at The Perkioman School, Pennsburg PA.

Camp Victory

Camp Victory  provides camp experiences for children living with chronic health problems, physical or mental disabilities, or the aftermath of catastrophic illness. Children attending Camp Victory have many and diverse special needs, including complex medical treatments. Camp Victory is planned and built to support all such needs.

Camp Victory

 

Refer to Camp Victory  for specific camp offerings and dates. Camp Victory is in Millville PA.

Children’s Beach House

Children’s Beach House Summer Camps, located on the Delaware Bay, provide a unique experience for children with special needs. Campers’ activities include swimming, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, nature, and more. Camp staff modifies activities to encourage all campers to participate at some level of success, thereby building self-confidence.

Contact Children’s Beach House for specific camp dates.

DragonFly Forest Summer Camp

DragonFly Forest Summer Camps provide overnight camp experiences for children with Autism and complex medical needs. Campers enjoy a wide variety of camp activities in an environment that is equipped to address a variety of physical, medical and psychological needs. Sessions include Autism, Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion, Respiratory and Asthma, and Sickle Cell Disease. DragonFly Forest summer camps are located in Phoenixville PA.

Refer to Dragonfly Forest Summer Camp for specific camp dates.

Mary Campbell Center Summer Camp

The Mary Campbell Center offers two week camp sessions from June to August for children with special needs between the ages of 3-21 and their siblings. Activities include field trips, swimming, games, arts and crafts, and cooking. Teamwork is stressed throughout every activity. All camps are at the Mary Campbell Center in Wilmington DE.

Refer to the Mary Campbell Center website for summer program dates.

Special Olympics Delaware Camp Barnes

Special Olympics Camp Barnes is a three-day, two-night camp featuring sports training and traditional camp activities. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of traditional SODE sports throughout the three days. Camp is offered to all registered Special Olympics Delaware athletes.

Camp Barnes 2015 is scheduled for August 8-10 and August 16-18.

Traditional Summer Camp Programs

Traditional summer camp programs such as the Boys & Girls clubs, YMCA, local county/city recreational programs, and boy/girl scout camps may also accommodate children with certain special needs. These programs might be an opportunity for social inclusion for your special needs child. Prior to committing to a program, thoroughly discuss your child’s special needs as well as your expectations of the camp. This will help ensure your child has the best overall possible camp experience.

Summer Camp Season Is Almost Here!

There are many summer camps offered through out the area and across the country. Check the Healthy Delawareans With Disabilities Camps page for other camps not mentioned here, or for camps in other geographic locations. Also check the Summer Camps page of the Delaware Family Voices website for additional summer camp possibilities.

camps in delaware

Do you know of a summer camp that accommodates children with special needs that isn’t listed here? Please share it with us.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Delaware Family Voices website includes links to other Internet and third party resources. These third party resources are for your consideration only. Their products and services are not intended to be considered an endorsement by Delaware Family Voices. 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.


The Creating A Common Vision Summit – A Success Story

October 29, 2014

On Wednesday September 17, 2014, Delaware Family Voices hosted the Creating A Common Vision Summit. People from across Delaware came together in a conjoined effort to improve the lives of children with mental health and severe behavioral health needs. It was a successful day packed with networking and collaboration.

The Summit Goal

The goal of the Creating a Common Vision summit was to develop a strategic plan for the development of a Delaware based parent-run chapter of the Federation of Families.

Federation of Famlies

The Federation of Families is a national organization that focuses on issues relevant to families of children with severe emotional, mental health, and/or behavioral challenges. Learn more about the mission of the Federation of Families organization at our blog, Federation of Families Is Coming To Delaware and at the Federation of Families website.

Let’s Get Talking!

The Summit was attended by representatives from agencies across the state, including state departments, school districts, mental health agencies, and community agencies. Also attending the summit were parents of children with severe mental health and/or behavioral health issues.

Children's Mental Health Programs

 

Everyone in attendance had one goal in common – to assist children with severe mental health and behavior health needs. What an impressive collaborative effort by  everyone in attendance!

The Summit opened with a warm welcome from Ann Phillips, Executive Director of Delaware Family Voices.

Delaware Family Voices

 

Ann began the conference with a few words about Delaware Family Voices and the Family To Family Information Center, the infrastructure under which Delaware Family Voices operates.

The Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health (DPBHS) was on hand to support our Delaware families in developing a strategic plan to address children’s mental health issues in Delaware.

Delaware Services DPBHS

 

DPBHS representative Barbara Messick addressed how they can better engage families throughout Delaware. She also provided families with information about the services DPBHS already have available to help children with mental health and behavior issues.

The Summit was the perfect setting to honor Delaware Family Voices’ 2014 Volunteer of the Year award winner, Trina Cale-Rosario. Trina is a dedicated volunteer to Delaware Family Voices, assisting us in helping families across Delaware.

Volunteers

 

Trina not only is a key member of our Family Leadership Advisory Council, she also volunteers at many community events on behalf of Delaware Family Voices, and she is a trained Support Parent for our Parent to Parent program. Great job Trina! A heart-felt thank you from Delaware Family Voices.

The Summit was the ideal venue for a collaborative brain storming and strategic planning session.

Children Behavior Issues

 

Summit attendees were divided into two separate work groups, each tasked with a different topic:

Group 1: What would be an effective vision, mission, and value statement for the Delaware Federation of Families Chapter?

Group 2: Effective parent and professional development and improving systems of care within the state of Delaware.

This interactive, collaborative portion of the Summit proved to be a most valuable experience, with very helpful take-aways that will further our efforts in supporting children with mental health and behavior issues.

Delaware Federation of Families

 

With the assistance of our facilitator, Diana Autin, Summit participants were actively engaged in their focus groups, working hard to develop ideas and strategies for creating the parent-run Delaware chapter of Federation of Families.

The Summit was a smashing success! The information received during the work groups has helped Delaware Family Voices develop a series of common interests and will be instrumental in the development of the infrastructure for the Delaware chapter of the Federation of Families. We are already well on the way to completing the chapter’s mission statement.

Thank You Everyone!

The Delaware Family Voices staff is very appreciative of everyone’s efforts and participation in the Creating A Common Vision Summit. Your participation was tantamount to the overall success of the Summit. As the families move forward with the development of the Delaware Federation of Families chapter, they now have a wealth of information from which to create the chapter.

Would you like to become involved with the Delaware chapter of Federation of Families? Please let us know! You can either leave a Comment below, or contact Wanda directly at snf@defv.org or (302) 669-3034.

A Very Special Thank You To SFN!

Delaware Family Voices would like to thank the Statewide Family Network Grant (SFN), who provided the funding for the Creating A Common Vision Summit. The Statewide Family Network Program is also made possible through the SFN grant via SAMHSA. The focus of this program is to assist families that have children with mental health and/or severe behavioral challenges to obtain resources and information. Another key component of this program is to assist these families with the creation of a parent run organization within Delaware, which in turn, led to the development and execution of the Creating a Common Vision Summit.


Join Us! October Parent Respite Co-Op Meet & Greets

October 6, 2014

Delaware Family Voices is hosting two special Parent Respite Co-Op opportunities this October.

What is the Parent Respite Co-Op?

The parent-run Respite Co-Op is a free child care exchange for parents of children with special health care needs in New Castle County.

Respite Co-Ops

Join us at one, or both, of our October meetings to learn more about this Respite Co-Op opportunity and the unique way you can receive respite care.

October Respite Co-Op Meeting Details

The Parent Respite Care Exchange Co-op is hosting two October Meet and Greet events. Don’t miss this opportunity for a night of networking with other parents, meeting the children, refreshments, and fun.

1. When: Monday, October 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Easter Seals Blg – Large Conference Room, 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle DE 19720

2. When: Saturday, October 18 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 525 Polly Drummond Rd.,  Newark, DE 19711

RSVP required to Peggy Prygon at 302-669-3032, or via email at peggy@defv.org.

Link to event flyer, Parent Respite Co-Op Meet & Greets.

Hope To See You There!

Join us this October for the opportunity to connect with other families with similar needs, and a chance for the kids with hang out with other kids.

See you soon!


Join Us for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!

April 30, 2014

Thursday, May 8th, is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!

In recognition of all children and their families who struggle with mental health issues, Delaware Family Voices is hosting an awareness event this Thursday, May 8th at Bellevue State Park.

Childrens Mental Health Awareness

Our purpose is to spread awareness and to provide support for families with children experiencing any type of severe emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs.

So join us on May 8th as we put the spotlight on children’s mental health issues. Come on down to Bellevue State Park for an afternoon of fun activities and informative discussions.

Spotlight on Bullying

Delaware Family Voices is taking on the subject of bullying. During the event, listen to speakers tackle this issue, providing valuable information on how parents can best help their children deal with bullying.

Stop Bullying

Bullying, whether at home, school, or in the community, can have devastating effects on the mental health of children and teens. Our goal is to provide parents and their children with the opportunity to learn more about how to effectively fight back against bullying, as well as provide a safe avenue to ask your most pressing questions about bullying.

Other Discussion Opportunities

A representative from the State Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services will also be on hand to discuss suicide prevention.

Additionally, the event will include other therapy and behavioral health agencies, ready to provide families with the information they need to help their children with mental health concerns.

Fun For The Whole Family!

Bring the kids! While parents listen and discuss their questions and concerns about children’s mental health issues, the kids will be entertained with fun activities and snacks.

Paws for PeopleChildren’s activities will include:

  • Reading books to therapy dogs from Paws for People
  • Art activity station to create their own “masterpiece”
  • Learning relaxation techniques from a trained mental health therapist

The event also provides parents the opportunity to talk with mental health care suppliers. Gather information about therapy options and health related services available in Delaware.

Supporting Children’s Mental Health Issues

We hope to see you at this ground breaking event. Event details are:

Date: Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Where: Bellevue State Park, Pavillion #2

When: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

RSVP: Wanda Ford at (302) 669-3034, or at snf@defv.org

NOTE: Bellevue State Park charges a $3.00/car admission fee. Delaware Family Voices will pay the admission fee for the first 50 families to RSVP.

The event is Rain or Shine! See you on May 8th!

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8, 2014

 

Link – Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Flyer


2014 Summer Camps for Specialized Needs – Part 2

March 3, 2014

This is Part 2 of a three part Summer Camps series.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Choosing the “best fit” summer camp for your child with specialized needs or chronic medical issues can be a daunting task. How do you know if that camp can manage those specialized medical issues? Will they be able to react appropriately if your child has a melt down, or requires medication during the camp session?

special needs summer camp

We at Delaware Family Voices understand the need to find a summer camp that offers the camp experience in a safe, nurturing environment for our children who have specialized needs or chronic medical issues. Listed here are summer camps in the Delaware area that can accommodate highly specialized needs.

Asthma

Asthma Camp

Asthma Camp is a week-long day program for Delaware children ages 7-11 with asthma. Supervision will be provided by a full medical staff, including physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and nature explorations.

Asthma Camp Lewes will be July 14-18 at St. Jude the Apostle Church.

Asthma Camp Wilmington will be June 23-27 at United Cerebral Palsy Center, Wilmington DE.

Autism / Aspergers Spectrum Disorders

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor

Camp Fairlee Manor offers camp sessions dedicated to children ages 6-21 who are on the Autism Spectrum. Campers can safely enjoy canoeing, swimming, high ropes course, rock wall climbing, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and so much more. The Camp includes one-to-one counselor to camper ratio, is staffed with a nurse 24/7, and includes a sensory room. Check the Camp Fairlee Manor website for Autism summer camp dates.

The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp

The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 15 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and behavioral challenges. Behavior analysts and occupational therapists engage children in activities including arts and crafts, water play, horseback riding, yoga, music, cooking and more.

Four sessions will be offered in 2014: July 30-August 3, August 6-10, August 13-17 and August 20-24. Camp will be held at Westfield Friends School, Cinnaminson NJ.

Diabetes

Camp Possibilities

Camp Possibilities is a camp for children with diabetes between ages 8-15. Campers can experience swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, sports and other activities in a safe environment.

Camp Possibilities will be July 27 – August 1 at Camp Ramblewood, Darlington, MD.

Camp Victory

Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp’s Camp Victory is dedicated to providing a camp experience for children who live with chronic health problems, physical or mental disabilities, or the aftermath of catastrophic illness. Camp Victory is located in Millville PA.

KDKC is now accepting applications for it’s June 15-20 camp for Children with Type 1 Diabetes, ages 8-15. Click here for camp application forms.

camp victory

Kamp for Kids

Kamp For Kids: Diabetes and You is for children ages 4-14 with diabetes and their siblings and friends. The camp’s goal is to assist campers to better understand diabetes and to live a healthy life. Campers will learn about health and wellness through fun and exciting activities.

Kamp for Kids will be July 21-25 at the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.

Down Syndrome

Camp PALS Philadelphia

Camp PALS Philadelphia is for young adults with Down syndrome between the ages of 12-18. Each camper is paired with a counselor with whom they will room and travel with throughout the week. Camp will focus on fostering independence in all campers,

Camp PALS Philadelphia will be June 22 – 28 at Cabrini College, Radnor PA.

Down Syndrome summer camps

Hearing Impaired

Deaf Camps Inc.

Deaf Camps Inc provide fun, safe communication-rich camps for deaf and hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language, between the ages of 7 and 19.

Deaf Camp 2014 and ASL Camp 2014 will be August 3 – 8 at Manidokan Camping and Retreat Center, Knoxville, MD.

Speech and Language

Speech Clinic Camp

The Speech Clinic Summer Camp is for children ages 3-5 who have been diagnosed with or are suspected to have speech-language or social/pragmatic language needs.

Camps run from Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, July 31st in Hockessin DE.

Spina Bifida

Camp Spifida

Camp Spifida offers exciting activities for children ages 6 to 18 who have spina bifida. Campers will enjoy crafts, fishing, swimming, dancing, paddleboats, campfires, hayrides, woodworking, a challenge course, and a 26 foot high climbing wall. Camp is fully staffed with medical personnel throughout the week.

Camp Spifida will be July 20 – 25 at Camp Victory, Millville PA.

spina bifida summer camps

Visually Impaired

Camp SunnyBrook

Camp SunnyBrook for The Blind is a six-week long summer day camp for blind and visually impaired children living in either New Castle or Kent Counties. Campers will experience swimming, arts and crafts, nature programs, music, field trips and more. All activities are adapted for blind and visually impaired children.

Contact Delaware Association for the Blind for 2014 camp dates.

Summer Camps Outside the Delaware Area

There are many summer camps offered through out the area and across the country. Check the National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities page, Camps for Children With Special Needs, for other camps not mentioned here, or for camps in other geographic locations.

summer camps for kids with special needs

Do you know of a summer camp that accommodates children with specialized needs that isn’t listed here? Please share it with us.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This post is Part 2 of a three part Summer Camps series:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Delaware Family Voices website includes links to other Internet and third party resources. These third party resources are for your consideration only. Their products and services are not intended to be considered an endorsement by Delaware Family Voices. 

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.