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During the summer, public schools are closed and teens are often left on their own to either travel, find employment, attend summer school, or simply enjoy their summer however they please. However, special needs teens who were part of a supervised program in school may still need supervision and care when school is out. A summer camp may be a good choice to consider. There are many different summer camps you can choose from that best meets your teen’s specific needs.

Should You Choose a Mainstream or Specialty Camp?

A specialty camp that is designed for special needs teens is a wonderful option, as it will provide the teen with opportunities to socialize with other teens with similar disabilities. This camp will also provide an environment that is geared toward the special needs teen, with appropriate activities and requirements. However, specialty camps can be more expensive and may be further away. For some special needs teens, a mainstream summer camp may be just fine, especially if the camp provides appropriate accommodations for teens with special needs.

ESY Eligibility

Special needs teens who are enrolled in individualized education programs (IEPs) may be eligible for an extended school year (ESY). This program provides a few hours of school per day throughout the summer. If the parent wants to send the teen to camp instead, sometimes ESY funds can be applied toward payment for a summer camp program. The IEP group can provide more information on this possible option.

Call to Learn More About Choosing a Summer Camp for Your Special Needs Teen Today

If you have a teen with special needs and are consider a summer camp, call the Valley Socials Program of West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, California. We serve teens with a variety of special needs and serve  West San Fernando Valley and West Los Angeles, Encino, Calabasas, Tarzana, and Sherman Oaks. Call us at (818) 650-0889 and let us answer your questions today.