Kids Music N’ Motion

Kids Music N MotionKids Music N’ Motion is an educational team inspiring children and adults to have fun learning music together. They offer Summer Music Camps for children ages 3-12, and they always love to have special needs children participate.

Your child will be introduced to singing, listening, rhythm, creative movement and dancing. A developmentally appropriate and enjoyable music program that will enhance your child’s awareness of music.  Eye hand coordination, laterality, spatial awareness, directionality and body awareness will be learned through creative movement and dancing.Furthermore, students will learn group participation and socialization in addition to individual musical activities.

Offering classes in 3 locations:  Rancho Palos Verdes/San Pedro, Bellflower and Cypress.


Contact:  Annette Gunderson

Phone: (310) 373-0280

Locations: Rancho Palos Verdes/San Pedro, Bellflower and Cypress.   (map)

Kris’ Camp

Kris CampKris’ Camp offers therapy-intensive/respite camp sessions for children with special needs (focusing on children with autism/autistic-like challenges) and their families in Idyllwild.  Ages 4-15.

Kris’ Camp is a non-profit organization first established in 1995 as a therapy intensive/respite camp for children with special needs (thus far focusing on children with autism/autistic-like challenges) and their families. It is motivated by three mutually enforcing goals:

  • To provide therapy for special kids, and
  • To provide respite and support for the siblings and parents of special kids.
  • To provide theoretical and hands-on education and training to students, caregivers, and professionals working in the field of autism and other developmental disabilities.

The camps are named after Kris Moore (5/30/1988 – 11/9/1993), a wonderful little boy who touched many people in his brief life.

Their licensed therapists make up a multidisciplinary team focusing on the following areas: sensorimotor, education and communication. More specifically, therapy teams may include physical, speech, occupational, art, and/or music therapists as well as educational specialists. The goal of each program is to meet those specific needs, providing accommodations and opportunities for skill development, in order to maximize independence and self-esteem, while focusing on the family as a whole.


Contact:  Leidy van Ispelen, Assistant Director  or

Phone: (801) 733-0721

Office Location:  3359 Creek Road  Salt Lake City, Utah  84121

Camp Location: Idyllwild, CA.  (map)

Leaps N Boundz Camp

Camp Leaps N Boundz

Every child deserves to experience the wonders of camp!

Our exciting day camp runs Monday through Friday during school breaks including Summer, Spring, and Winter!

On-site activities include gymnastics, arts and crafts, music, dance, recreational and group games. Off-site activities include field trips, surfing, swimming, and more! Camp days are staffed at a maximum of a 3:1 ratio to support a pro-social camp experience for campers of all abilities!

Cost: $130 per day



Phone:  (310) 821-0963

Main Office: 5433 Beethoven St  Los Angeles, CA 90066

Camp Locations: Los Angeles, Pasadena, Van Nuys  (map)

Learning Ladder

Learning LadderThe Learning Ladder offers One-on-One tutoring in all subjects K-12, Test Preparation: (HSPT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL) and Jr. High Boot Camp.

Summer programs include an intensive 2-week bootcamp, and grade appropriate customized programs for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Topics covered include standardized test-taking strategies, study skills, competitive writing, math review, reading comprehension, Spanish and Humanities.



Phone:  (818)790-4357

Office: 4490 Cornishon Avenue, Suite 9  La Canada Flintridge, CA. 91011  (map)

Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children

deaf camp

A camp experience for Southern California deaf children ages 7 to 15 , sponsored by the Lions Clubs of California.  Deaf or hearing impaired children can learn outdoor skills and enjoy the wonder and beauty of nature to the fullest extent.

Two weeks of  camp are held annually at Camp Teresita Pines in Wrightwood, CA.



Contact:  or via website

Mailing Address: PO Box 195 Knightsen, CA 94548  (map)

Literacy Camp for Struggling Readers

Loma Linda UniversityLoma Linda University offers a summer camp for struggling readers.

The intensive literacy camp is for incoming kindergarten and first grade students who have difficulty beginning reading or who are at risk for difficulty beginning reading.

Campers will have fun while focusing on the building blocks of reading: literature awareness, syllable awareness, rhyme awareness, segmenting and blending.

Camp is held in July and August.  Contact the program directly for exact dates and times.

The cost is $250 per child.  A $50 discount for those mentioning this listing.

Contact: Jennifer St. Clair, Asst. Professor Clinical Coordinator

Phone:  (909) 558-4998 x42074

Location: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. (San Bernadino County)  (map)

Los Angeles School of Gymnastics

Los Angeles School of GymnasticsThe Los Angeles School of Gymnastics proudly offers a nationally recognized Special Needs Program for Gymnastics. They offer unique training methods that have been designed to meet the needs of children and adults by utilizing gymnastics as a primary tool for rehabilitation. Their trainers have specialized training and certification in proper training techniques for children with special needs (Autism, Asbergers, Down Syndrome)

The Los Angeles School of Gymnastics is vendored with EVERY major funding organization in California.


Website:  Los Angeles School of Gymnastics

Contact:  Coach Darryl Thompson 

Phone:  (310) 204-1980 ext. 31

Location: 8450 Higuera Street  Culver City, CA 90232  (map)

MACH 1 – Move a Child Higher

Move A Child HigherMACH 1 (Move A Child Higher) is a therapeutic horsemanship and horseback riding program that offers equine assisted activities to students with disabilities and is based at the Pasadena Equestrian Center in the Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena.  The program is a PATH Int’l Premier Accredited Center and has been in cooperation with the City of Pasadena for 17 years.  Approximately 80% of MACH 1 students are from low to  moderate – income families.


Contact: Joy Rittenhouse

Phone:  (626) 798 – 1222

Office: 1430 Topeka St.  – Pasadena, CA  91104

Camp Location: Pasadena Equestrian Center – Hahamonga Watershed Park  (map)

Martin Luther King Jr. Therapeutic Recreation Center

MLK Recreation CenterMartin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center is an inclusive recreation facility in South Los Angeles that offers a variety of programming for youth with and without disabilities.

Their focus is promoting healthy lifestyles through recreation; they empower families to develop healthy habits through fitness and exercise, nutrition, and life long learning. They provide support for busy families through our Afterschool Club, Homework Time, Camp and free LA Kids Classes. They invite the community to take advantage of all MLK Jr RC has to offer for both adults and youth; their primary goal is to improve the quality of life for our participants. Parks Make Life Better!

Website:  MLK Jr. Therapeutic Recreation Center


Phone: (213) 847-0878

Location:  3916 South Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062 (map)


MDA Summer Camp

Muscular Dystrophy campMDA camp offers kids with neuromuscular disease a fun and safe outdoor experience, along with opportunities to engage in a variety of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and much more.  Almost all campers agree that muscular dystrophy camp is “the best week of the year.”

MDA camp enables campers to stretch their comfort zones and grow in independence as they spend a week away from home; permit someone other than their parents to provide personal care; and make new friends. The benefits come in lifelong friendships,  increased self-esteem and confidence, and the chance to spend at least one week of the year in a place where physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception.

Youngsters ages 6 to 17 who are affected by any of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program and who are registered with MDA are eligible to apply to attend MDA summer camp. There is no fee to attend camp, and all camp costs are covered by MDA. Acceptance to camp is contingent upon evaluation of your child’s application by MDA staff and MDA’s medical advisers, including the camp health staff and clinic team.



Contact:  local MDA office

Phone:  Los Angeles MDA office  (310) 390-6802

Orange County  (714) 245-0921

San Diego  (858) 492-9792

Santa Barbara  (805) 560-7651

Locations: Throughout California and the US.  Check their website for specific listings   (map)