Whispering Winds – Special Needs Family Camp

Whispering Winds Special Needs Family CampWhispering Winds believes that special kids and their families deserve a special weekend!  So, our Special Needs Family Camp brings families, which include a child with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, together for a retreat of respite, support and fun on the mountain celebrating each other as God’s special gifts.

Special Needs Family Camp provides a weekend of dynamic, tailored programs for special needs children of all ages to enjoy in the accompaniment of their very own specially trained 1:1 aide. Additionally, their typical siblings get to enjoy supervised age/ability-appropriate, parallel camp programming while parents have the opportunity to participate in practical seminars and spend quality time together as well as with each of their kids.

This transformative weekend is being held Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20, 2014 and applications and financial assistance forms are available on the website (www.whisperingwinds.org)

Website:  Whispering Winds

Contact: Stephanie Kiesel stephanie@whisperingwinds.org

Phone:  (619) 464.1479

Office: 8186 Commercial Street  La Mesa, CA 91942

Camp Location: 17606 Harrison Park Road Julian, CA 92036


Almansor Center

Almansor CenterOver the last 30 years, the Almansor Center’s mission has been to empower individuals to take charge of their own learning process and become competent, caring and contributing members of society.

Almansor’s 225 professional and support staff work collaboratively to offer a full-range of services in five program areas: Special Education Day School, Mental Health Services on 40 public and private school campuses, Early Education programs, Transition and Adult Services, and Community Outreach Services to 94 Head Start sites and the Juvenile Justice System.

Website:  www.redesignlearning.org

Contact:  www.redesignlearning.org/ContactUs

Phone:   (323) 341-5580

Administrative Office: 625 Fair Oaks Ave #200  South Pasadena, CA 91030  (map)

Cali Camp

Cali CampLocated on a 21-acre campus in the heart of Topanaga in the Santa Monica Mountains – just minutes from the west side of Los Angeles, Cali Camp offers summer camp and year-round day camps for boys and girls, ages 3 to 14.

Activities include Aerial Arts, Academics, Equestrian, Leadership, Mountain Biking Camp, Skateboard Camp, and Sports Camp – including Basketball Camp, Soccer Camp, Tennis Camp, and more.   Over 30 fun-filled activities designed to fill a single day camp, a whole week, or an entire summer camp season in Los Angeles. Transportation included!

They always try to fulfill great summers for all kids, which includes kids who have challenges physically, different learning rates and more complex emotional needs. While we can’t guarantee enrollment, their Inclusion Coordinator is available to discuss if there are specific questions and to help coordinate.

Website:  www.calicamp.com


Phone:   (310) 455-0404

Camp Location: 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Road  Topanga, CA 90290  (map)

Camp Be Social

Camp Be Social

Being social and developing friendships is what most parents wish for their kids. Some of our social learners with ADHD, HF Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Social Anxiety, Giftedness, and other observed social learning and organization challenges need teaching, coaching, and specialized structure with positive supports and plans to BE SUCCESSFUL!

This summer, Sunshine Speech Services is providing 3.5 hours per day, twice a week, of fun, focused, and friendly, social skill building!  Groups (ages 5-8, 7-9, 10-15) are small with a 4:1 student to specialist ratio and are specifically designed based on age and social learning skill level. All of their speech specialists are experts in social learning and speech/pragmatic language.

The cost of CAMP “BE SOCIAL” is $299* per week. A $99 registration fee is due by June 1st to reserve your space. This will be applied to your balance, due before the 1st day of each camp week. Enroll in 3 or more weeks and get 10% OFF!  (*Advanced Social Learners (ages 10-15) will go into the community to a restaurant, movie or shopping. The cost for this 1-day weekly social learning experience is $150.)


Website:  Camp Be Social

Contact: Maria Johnson, MA CCC/SLP – Director of Services  maria@sunshinespeech.org

Phone:  (818) 509-9802

Location: 6350 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Ste 257  North Hollywood, CA 91606  (map)

Camp Ramah / Tikvah

Camp Ohr LanuThe Tikvah program at Camp Ramah is designed for Jewish adolescents, ages 11 to 18, with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The Tikvah campers, known as the Amitzim group at camp, are included in all the programs at Camp Ramah. All of the campers come to camp for the same reasons: to have fun, make friends, and learn about Jewish things. They are included with their non-disabled peers throughout the day. During the academic hour, a teacher with special education training is able to provide self contained education to those campers for whom it is more appropriate.

Along with the regular Ramah programming, Tikvah campers are fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in many special programs in camp. A buddy program pairs Tikvah campers with campers from our oldest group. Buddies learn about each other and work on special projects while making new friends. In addition, time is spent with the Madors (counselors in training) and the Lishma adult studies program. Our programming is designed to increase independent living and self-help skills.

The counselor/camper ratio is greater in the Amitzim tents, to provide increased individual attention. Counselors in the Tikvah program have prior experiences as Ramah counselors, and receive an intensive special training during staff week. An advisor with experience in working with children with special needs is available at all times.

Website:  Camp Ramah / Tikvah

Contact: Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Director of the Tikvah Program  info@ramah.org

Phone:  (310) 476-8571 or (888) Camp-Ramah

Office: 4311 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 530  Los Angeles, CA 90010  (map)

Office Location:  17525 Ventura Blvd, #201 · Encino, CA 91316  (map)

Camp Location:  Ojai, CA.  (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)

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)

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)

Hillside Learning Center

Hillside Learning CenterHillside School and Learning Center offers a variety of programs, both academic and support, that strive to enhance, individualize, and optimize the learning process

Hillside summer school offers students in grades 9-12 opportunities similar to those offered by their night and day school. A one-year is taught, intensively, over a six week time period. The keys to student success in this program are small class size and highly individualized attention. Students are required to do substantial homework in order to cover the material and pass the class.

Website:  www.hillsideforsuccess.org


Phone:  (818) 790-3044

Location: 4331 Oak Grove Dr.  La Canada, CA 91001   (map)

Integrated Learning Solutions

Integrated Learning SolutionsIntegrated Learning Solutions (ILS) provides comprehensive educational support and guidance to students, families and schools. Services include: diagnostic testing and developmental screening, educational therapy, and, in partnership with our affiliated organizations, specialized academic tutoring, psychological and psychiatric interventions, and college/school/career counseling services.

Because of their life-long commitment to serving children, youth and families, the founders of ILS recognized the need for a broad-spectrum program that offers a wide range of educational services.

ILS offers summer workshops that assist students with organizational, time management and study skills. Small class sizes (maximum of four to six) enhance each student’s ability to practice techniques and strategies that will carry over into the school year.

Website:  www.integratedlearningsolutions.org

Contact info@integratedlearningsolutions.org

Phone:  (626) 568-8558

Location: 2233 Huntington Drive, Suite 2  San Marino, CA 91108   (map)