Education Spectrum

Education SpectrumEducation Spectrum is entirely about providing the most comprehensive approach to serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families. They are a team of dedicated professionals that will help you unravel the mysteries surrounding ASD in an environment of respect, compassion and understanding.

The services they provide support the whole autism equation. Using state-of-the-art behavioral and educational assessment tools and implementing innovative intervention strategies, their team will work with your team to develop real life solutions for your child and your family.

Website:  Education Spectrum

Contact / Phone: (626) 797-1500

Location: 2235 N. Lake Ave., Suite 201  Altadena, CA 91001  (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

Phone: (714) 777-2898

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

Friends At Play

Friends At Play“Friends at Play” is a therapeutic program that provides social skills training groups for children with developmental delays. Participants have specific delays in the areas of social initiation, social communication, cooperative play, and/or developing social relationships. The program is based upon the philosophy that children with special needs are able to develop these skills in a naturalistic, play-based setting with their peers (disabled and non-disabled). The rationale for developing this program was based upon a lack of social skills training groups in the community that were inclusive, yet developmentally appropriate for regional center consumers to participate successfully with non-disabled peers.

Contact:  Teresa Mackey

Phone: (818) 845-2846

Location:  First United Methodist Church  700 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  Burbank, CA 91502  (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 or 626-791-1255.


Contact: Gerrie Raven

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.



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


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

Phone: (818) 778.7136

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

iCan Shine Bike Camp

I Can Shine Bike Camp

iCan Shine is a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCan Bike program. This five-day camp, requiring riders to attend only one 75-minute session per day, takes place every July.

iCan Shine uses adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers. With 75 minutes of instruction over five days, over 80% of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp. Camp is open to ages 8 and up.


Website:  iCan Shine


Camp Location: First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena – 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd Pasadena CA 91007  (map)

iD Tech Camps

iD Tech Camps

More students enroll at iD Tech Camps than any other tech camp – making them the World’s #1 Tech Camp.

While iD Tech Camps is not specifically a special needs camp, their instructors are trained to handle special circumstances to a limited extent. They have found that if students are able to function without an aide at school, they generally do very well at camp. If your child does require an aide at school, you must ensure that an aide accompanies your child to camp.

Featuring an unparalleled lineup of 60+ prestigious university summer camp locations nationwide, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UCLA, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, MIT, Brown, and many more. iD is on campus at some of the best colleges in the world.

Technology and fun are at the core of everything they do. Whether you are seven, eighteen, or somewhere in between, iD has a computer course for you. They offer a variety of computer classes in App Development, Gaming, Programming, Robotics, Film, Graphic & Web Design, and more.

They guarantee ridiculously small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. Their teaching philosophy is premised on personalization – your path, at your pace. It’s one piece of the iD difference.

They have had many special needs students attend their camps in the past and they typically do well in our program. However, if for some reason it is determined that camp is not a suitable or productive environment for your child, the total tuition for camp is non-refundable per our cancellation policy. They encourage you to call their Client Services Department with any questions at 1-888-709-TECH (8324), option 1.



Phone: (888) 709-8324 – option 1

Locations:  60+ locations / list of college campuses throughout the country  (local map)


Inclusion Films

Inclusion Films CampJoey Travolta’s Inclusion Films is a program designed to provide people with developmental disabilities an entry-level working knowledge of film production.

During Summer Camp, a group of training professionals teach children with special needs (ages 6-18) acting, improv-comedy, digital filmmaking, and animation. Typical peers and siblings are welcome to create an inclusive environment.

They hold short film camps on college campuses all over the country.  The program is designed to develop self-esteem, confidence, and creativity through acting, improvisation, and digital filmmaking.  Students learn essential skills for a career in film in a non-competitive environment.

The Inclusion Films workshop seeks to display, encourage, and promote the creative skills and strong work ethic of talented filmmakers who have a developmental disability, ultimately allowing them to become employed as well as more independent, self confident, and well-rounded individuals.

Website:  Inclusion Films – Camp


Phone: (818) 591-3345

Office Location:  23161 Ventura Blvd. Suite 102  Woodland Hills, CA 91364  (map)