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)

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)

Easter Seals Camp

Easter Seals CampEaster Seals’ camps offer children and adults with disabilities the same excitement and activities available at other camps.

For over 40 years, campers and volunteers from all walks of life have come together for one magical week of camp. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking, concerts, storytelling, and a high and low ropes course.

Easter Seals Camp is a week-long resident camp serving children and adults in the San Bernardino Mountains.  It is held at Camp Oakes, an accredited American Camping Association site.

    • The camp is co-ed and campers must have some communication skills
    • The counselor to camper ratio is approximately 1:2.
    • Campers stay in dormitories or 3-sided cabins
    • Restrooms and showers are available
    • A registered nurse is on 24-hour dut
    • Camp elevation is 7,300 feet
    • Easter Seals provides a subsidy, but there is a fee to attend.  Partial camperships are available.

Website:  Easter Seals Camp

Contact:  Amanda Showalter  amanda.showalter@essc.org 

Phone:  (951) 264-4855

Office: 401 S. Ivy Street, Escondido, CA. 92025

Camp Location: YMCA Camp Oakes 47400 Monte Vista Dr. Big Bear City CA 92314  (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)

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)

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

Contact: info@clubtwentyone.org

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

Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead

Jill's HouseRecently launched in Southern California as part of their mission to serve as many families as possible , Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead strives to give your child experiences every child deserves, regardless of their disability.

It is their hope that with camp respite weekends, they are able to serve more families and children who need the gift of respite. They are excited to see your child take part in activities, like roasting marshmallows, taking hikes, trying a canoe ride, and having a vibrant weekend full of singing and joy while you and the rest of your family enjoy some much-needed respite.

Who? – Camps are open to children, ages 6 to 17 (and their siblings), who are interested in new, fun opportunities!

What? –  Jill’s House camps allow your child to spend a weekend away meeting new friends, trying fun and exciting activities and gaining independence in an exciting, safe environment. These camp weekends involve various activities which can include – nature hikes, ropes courses, swimming and archery…just to name a few!

When? – Year round, Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead will be offering this program up to 1-2 weekends per month!  You drop off your child at a specified location on Friday evening and pick them up on Sunday afternoon.

Where? – In the greater Los Angeles area, the Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead program enjoys Thousand Pines Camp in Crestline, CA near Lake Arrowhead.  This camp meets their safety – and fun! — standards. In case of emergency, each location is near a medical center, and nurses are on hand at camp around the clock to ensure your child’s safety is always put first.

Ready to Learn More?  Your family may sign up for one weekend each month camp is offered.  Please contact via the information below:

Website: www. jillshouse.org

Contact:  Ashlyn Gruss – Local Program Supervisor Ashlyn.gruss@jillshouse.org , or Christine Walls – Director of Distributed Programs: Christine.walls@jillshouse.org

Phone: Ashlyn Gruss (661) 600.2302; Christine Walls (703) 639.5688

Camp Location: Thousand Pines Camp in Crestline, CA near Lake Arrowhead  (map)

Pulsar Fit

Pulsar FitPulsar Fit caters to the specific recreational needs of individuals with disabilities. They have recently started Soccer Starz classes, and will soon be offering classes in dance, basketball, social interaction, softball, karate, fitness boot camp, swimming, social interaction, tumbling and sports skills.

Pulsar Fit is operated by experienced professionals that understand the value in physical activity. Their classes are designed to help students develop in all aspects of their physical, intellectual and general well=being.

Pulsar Fit students develop highter physical potential by developing the right skills at the right time for age-specific developmental windows.

Classes are run by experienced instructors who know how to adapt and accomodate to individuals with unique needs so that all their students learn, develop and become successful. All while being in a safe and productive environment.

Website: www.pulsarfit.com

Contact: Lis Mullins lis@pulsarfit.com

Phone: (323) 687-2334

Location: South Gate Park., South Gate, CA. (map)

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

Rose Bowl Aquatics CenterThe RBAC offers programs for special needs swimmers of all ages.

The Stingrays swim team is for kids with special needs, ages 6-17 years old. This program focuses on stroke development, endurance, strength and overall health, and provides opportunities for individual instruction and team building.  The program includes swimmers with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, motor planning problems, weight issues, lack of coordination and more, to develop their competitive swimming abilities, social and physical health.

The Stingrays host special events and competitions at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. They compete against two other special needs teams. The Stingrays also host social gatherings, including a summer barbecue, practice swim meets, fundraisers, and a holiday party.

The Mantarays swim team swim team is  for adults with special needs.  They focus on stroke development and strength training, and use this focus as a tool to build endurance, and for weight loss and weight management. Adults with special needs are at a higher risk for obesity and eating disorders. With proper training, nutrition workshops and the supporting social network of the team, they fight to combat this growing trend. The Mantarays also attend special events and competitions hosted by the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center and other social gatherings with the Stingrays including a summer barbecue and holiday party.

The Anderson Adventure Camp H2O  welcomes all children with special needs to this thrilling camp packed with art activities, sports games, field trips, swim lessons and more. With a ratio of 2 to 1 and a maximum of 10 per group, children  receive constant support and supervision from trained and experienced instructors. Parents may create their own schedule by picking the days they want. Camp is for the month of August only.

Website:  Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

Contact: Alethea Crespo, Kandis Pulliam

Phone:  (626) 564-0330 x409, x419, x417

Location: 360 N Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103 (just south of the Rose Bowl)  (map)

Rosemary Johnson & Associates Clinic

Rosemary Johnson & Assoc.

A pediatric occupational and physical therapy clinic in Monrovia, CA.  They have been providing these services to children in our area for over 25 years.  Summer programs include Fit Kids (exercise), Movin’ & Dancin’ (dance and movement), and Writing Rocketeers (handwriting) and are open to children with and without special needs.

Website:  www.rjclinic.com

Contact: Susan Lorin  Sue@rjclinic.com

Phone:  (626) 357-9934

Office:  116 E. Walnut Ave.  Monrovia, CA 91016  (map)