Center for Developing Kids (CDK) – Sunkids

Center for Developing KidsSunkids is a therapeutic summer program open to all children 3-10 years-old, who are fully potty-trained and have the ability to work in groups.  Sunkids is run by occupational, physical, and speech therapists as well as trained volunteers.

Planned events and activities include water play, music, pet day, crafts, walking field trips, as well as gross motor and sensory motor play.  These activities are used to facilitate gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, and play in a safe and fun environment.

CDK also offers a separate one-week summer handwriting clinic designed to give children a jump-start on handwriting prior to starting the new school year. The development of skills necessary to provide foundations for good handwriting are addressed through a multi-sensory approach, including upper body strength and stability, postural control, fine motor skills and dexterity, visual perceptual skills, and eye-hand coordination. This clinic is taught by occupational therapists that specialize in handwriting.

CDK services include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Nutrition Therapy.

Website:  Center for Developing Kids – Sunkids

Contactinfo@centerfordevelopingkids.com

Phone:  (626) 564-2700

Office / Camp Location:  200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 112  Pasadena, CA 91105  (map)

Child Educational Center

Child Educational CenterThe Child Educational Center’s Summer Exploration Series is located in La Canada Flintridge.  They serve  young children of families at nearby JPL, Cal Tech and the surrounding community – including children with special needs.

The summer program includes weekly themes, swimming and plenty of time spent outdoors, as well as creative and stimulating indoor activities and projects.

Their partnerships with Descanso Gardens and Altadena Stables offers  two unique camp experiences with extended care available to create a full day of fun. Horse Camp is now open to younger children.

If summer school is part of your summer agenda, they will also continue after-summer school programming for La Canada-Flintridge Assistance League’s Summer School and Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Summer School.

For their Summer Programs, your child, at a minimum, must be entering grade one this coming fall (if your child will not be entering the first grade, please call our office at 818-354-3418 for our preschool option).

Full-day, 10-week summer camp, grades K-6.

Website:  Child Educational Center

Contact:  cec@ceconline.org

Phone: (818) 354-3418

Address: 140 Foothill Boulevard, La Canada, CA.  91011   (map)

City of Pasadena

PasadenaThe City of Pasadena offers recreational programs serving teens with disabilities, including 10-week Saturday sessions providing developmentally appropriate activities, social skills development and recreation. The program also includes field trips, art programs, dances. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

 

Website:  City of Pasadena – Human Services and Recreation

Contact: Jackie Scott   jscott@ci.pasadena.ca.us

Phone:  (626) 744-7257 or  (626) 744-4386

Camp Location:  Jackie Robinson Center  100 N. Garfield Ave. Room 328  Pasadena, CA 91109  (map)

Destination Science

destination scienceDestination Science teaches kids that science is not just about Bunsen burners and formulas.  Destination Science camp has grown its stellar reputation because their passion for science and fun shows, and summer after summer, kids have awesome experiences.  Campers – including kids with special needs – develop superb skills while at camp, and bring that enthusiasm and knowledge home with them so the learning continues.

Destination Science recruits kid-friendly educators to guide these science leaders of tomorrow through the best summer of their lives. Their educators are top-notch teachers and university students with the highest aptitude for science and the ability to not just relate to kids, but to be kids at heart themselves!

Additionally, each staff member undergoes a series of reference and background checks, interviews, and comprehensive trainings before beginning their Destination Science journey.

Website:  Destination Science – Southern California

Contact:  info@destinationscience.org

Phone: (888) 909-2822

Main Office Location:  953 North Elm Street  Orange, CA 92867

Campus Locations:  Several locations throughout Southern California  (map)

 

Drama Kings and Queens

LA Speech and Language Center

DKQ Camp at the Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, is a 6 week long summer program where students work on developing communication skills, social pragmatic skills, and acting abilities through creating an amazing musical performance in a professional theatre at the end of camp.

Each day campers are exposed to acting, dancing, singing, set creation and costume design. Camp schedule includes a weekly field trip that corresponds with themes. Field trips previous years include personal meet and greet and tour at CBS studios, UCLA School of Theatre visit, Universal Studios, and Los Angeles Orchestra Festival.

This camp is designed to develop and/or increase language abilities, social interaction skills, general awareness and self confidence. While all students are considered, ideal campers have some established communication system, able to follow instruction and have minimal maladaptive behaviors.

Website:  Drama Kings and Queens website

ContactLA Speech & Language Therapy Center  Ashley, Angela, or Nadhiya

Phone:  (310) 649-6199

Office: Los Angeles Speech & Language Therapy Center, Inc.  5761 Buckingham Parkway  Culver City, CA. 90230  (map)

EQUIP: Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Equip Equine TherapyEQUIP is hosted by the beautiful Rocking T Ranch in Yorba Linda, California. The facilities provide a cozy, rustic ranch setting where clients can grow and develop in a positive environment. Safety is paramount, and the finest of horses (schoolmasters) are used.

The program was founded by Gary Mullen, Ed.D., who developed two other such programs in University settings. Executive Director Jim Tice and Maggie Kehrer, a Path International instructor, provide lessons to meet the unique needs of each client. Every lesson incorporates ground activities as well as mounted activities. Interaction with the farm animals is incorporated into the tail end of many sessions. The client experience is intended to be therapeutic at many levels.

Therapeutic riding offers a number of physical, social, cognitive, educational and behavioral benefits.

Persons with disabilities such as Autism, ADD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Rhetts Syndrome, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Social, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders have experienced benefits from therapeutic riding.

Website:  EQUIP Program – Rocking T Ranch

Contact:  Jim and Carol Tice  jtrockingt@aol.com

Phone: (714) 777-2898

Location:  4345 Lakeview Avenue  Yorba Linda, CA 92886  (map)

Frostig Summer School Arts Program

Frostig Center

The Frostig School is accepting applications for the Summer Arts Program for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Sessions are held each summer (during the month of July), and include Beginning Ceramics, Printmaking, Silkscreen, and Game Board Design.  Classes are from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fees include all materials $295 per class. All instructors are highly experienced special education teachers and working artists.

For more information and for a application please contact gerrie@frostig.org or 626-791-1255.

Website:  www.frostig.org

Contact: Gerrie Raven   gerrie@Frostig.org

Phone:  (626) 791-1255

School Location: 971 N. Altadena Drive  Pasadena, CA 91107  (map)

Fun & Fit Gymnastics Day Camp

Fun & Fit GymnasticsFun & Fit is a gym program for typically developing children that can also serve kids with special needs kids.

What makes Fun & Fit Gymnastics unique is their completely non-competitive philosophy. At Fun & Fit, removing competition means more than just not having competitive teams. It means winning is defined as “personal best”, and children are never compared to each other.

The Fun & Fit Gymnastics Centers hold classes for children beginning at 12 months, for boys and girls of all ages, cheerleading classes and are well known for hosting incredible Birthday Parties for kids.

The instructors at Fun & Fit are professional experts hired for their outstanding abilities in teaching young children in a positive and patient manner, and expertise in safe and correct gymnastics education. Several of our staff members hold degrees in Child Development, Kinesiology or Education.

Locations in Burbank and Canyon Country.

Website:  www.funandfit.com

Contact:   info@funandfit.com

Phone: Burbank: (818) 845-0700   Canyon Country: (661) 255-7244

Burbank Location:  1919 W. Burbank Blvd.  Burbank, CA 91506   (map)

Canyon Country Location:  21021 Soledad Canyon Rd. #208  Canyon Country, CA 91351  (map)

Griffith Park Boys Camp

Griffith Park Boys CampGriffith Park Boys’ Camp has been part of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks Camping Section since 1924.  The camp has more than 87 years of history helping give boys ages 6-17 years old, through the transformative experiences of nature, a foundation for future greatness. This great place is not just somewhere; it is right here in your own back yard.

Call ahead for camps pertaining to children with special needs.

Griffith Park Boys Camp is a picturesque 10 acre facility resting in the historic Griffith Park hills. The gentle sloping grounds host: 16 bungalow styled cabins that sleep 10 persons and are complemented by being air conditioning and heated. Their 4 bathroom/shower bungalows have hot and cold running water year round. The main lodge/dining hall has a wood burning fireplace and a full service kitchen. To round out the camp experience Griffith Park Boys’ Camp has a 30 ft. rock climbing wall, high ropes challenge course, archery range and miles of hiking trails. Griffith Park Boys’ Camp is proud to be a fully accredited member of the American Camp Association.

While Griffith Park Boys’ Camp, affectionately called Boys Camp, primarily focuses on giving young men ages 7-14 a great summer experience we offer a whole lot more. From traditional family based camp weekends, and their now famous Boys Break Weekends, to rental opportunities, Boys Camp has something for all nature enthusiasts.

Website:  Griffith Park Boys Camp

Contact:   GP.boyscamp@lacity.org

Phone: (323) 664-0571

Location:  4730 Crystal Springs Dr.  Los Angeles, CA 90027  (map)

Help Group – Kids Like Me Camps

Help Group Kids Like MeThe Help Group’s Kids Like Me program conducts four unique camps, each one specifically designed to address varying ages, abilities and needs of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental challenges. The four camp programs create exciting opportunities for children and teens to engage, experience and explore.

Village Glen Day Camp is a unique, specialized social skills camp for children ages 3-13 with Asperger’s Disorder, high-functioning Autism, and related social challenges. Experienced Help Group therapists and counselors facilitate a fun, creative, and enriching camp program that promotes skills development in areas critical to social growth and building friendships.

Camp Sunshine is a popular program developed for children between the ages of 3 and 21 who have moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. A multidisciplinary team of professionals oversees a creative summer program designed to help each child reach his or her highest potential and develop unique strengths and abilities. Campers are grouped by age and ability and maintain a 1:3 counselor to camper ratio to maximize individual attention.

Camp Discovery is a one week only day camp adventure at the exciting Tumbleweed Day Camp site for children ages 4-13 with mild to moderate special needs. An exceptional staff team helps young campers safely explore, experience, and enjoy a wide variety of fun, traditional outdoor camp and nature activities.

Teens on the Go is a unique weekly social skills camp designed especially for teens ages 13-18 with Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning Autism, and related social challenges. Lead by highly trained Help Group therapists, this special summer program features daily trips, activities, and adventures with peers throughout Los Angeles.

Teens on the Go Travel Camps are 6 day, 5 night fun-filled adventures for teens ages 13-18 with Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning Autism, and related social challenges.  Professional Help Group staff facilitates these exciting trips where teens visit and explore different cities each summer. Each trip provides a true bonding experience for participants creating memories to last a lifetime

Websites:  Help Group Kids Like Me Summer Camps

Village Glen Camp

Camp Sunshine

Camp Discovery

Teens On The Go / Teens On The Go Travel Camp

Contact: Nicole Webb  nwebb@thehelpgroup.org

Phone: (818) 778.7136

Main Location: 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA.  91401 (map)