Ask the Expert: How Does Sleepaway Camp Help Children With ADHD Develop Better Decision Making Skills?
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One of the ways to increase comfort level is to re-visit the areas of concerns about their daughter. See what kinds of systems and techniques the camp offers. When parents are approaching a program they have to be open and willing to share all of the issues that their child has. It really is a partnership between families and the camp.
How can parents stay connected with their camper?
During the summer on our travel programs, we send [electronic] newsletters to parents every other night. We also post about 200-300 pictures so parents can maintain their comfort level and see their children. Every couple of days we’ll end up at a computer lab and the kids can email home. At our campus programs, parents have immediate contact with group leaders and have nightly communication.
Eugene Bell, Ed.M., is the senior director of Summit Camp. Summit Camp offers camp programs, travel camps, and weekender experiences for boys and girls ages 8-19 with attention, social, or learning issues. Bell has been with Summit Camp for 15 summers and has built a career working in special needs camping for 35 years. Visit summitcamp.com or call 973-732-3230 for more information.