Summer camps 2013 | Special needs

Camps that cater to your kids' needs.
By TOC Kids staff |

Camp New Hope The weeklong sessions at this lakeside retreat follow themes like “Celebrate Dr. Seuss” and “Ahoy Matey.” The overnighters enjoy swimming pools, mini-golf and walking trails. 1364 County Road 100 East (217-895-2341, Jun 3–Jul 26. Out of area fee: $525. Ages 8 and up.

Camp Red Kite In this arts-focused program geared toward kids on the autism spectrum, kids play theater games focused on expressing emotion and dabble with different instruments to boost creativity. Parents are invited to attend camp on the last day for an original performance from the campers. Cleveland Elementary School, 3121 W Byron St (773-227-0180, Jul 1–19. $825.

Camp Star Children with ADHD and other social and behavior difficulties are overseen by many Ph.D. holders, as the kids swim, play kickball and hone academic skills. 800 Clavey Rd, Highland Park (847-814-7827, Jun 17–Aug 2. $6,300. Ages 6–13.

Camp Firefly Both day and overnight options are available at this camp catering to children diagnosed with social disorders. Therapeutic group activities, as well as arts and crafts and outdoor fun, help campers hone social skills and gain confidence. Overnight: 443 Monroe St, Wisconsin Dells. Day: 23280 North Old McHenry Road, Lake Zurich (855-275-5237, Overnight Jul 28–Aug 4; overnight teen camp Jul 26–Aug 4; day camp Jun 24–Jul 19. $1,695–$1,950. Ages 7–16.

FRIENDS The Fun Regulation Interaction Engagement Nonverbal Development Social Skills (FRIENDS) group provides kids with a social and playful environment for two hours each week. Therapists focus on improving sensory processing, verbal and nonverbal communication skills and social and emotional development. 2121 W Roscoe St, 1W (773-935-7355, Mid-June through early August. $TBD. Preschool to middle school.

Julie Herr Summer Camp The focus is strengthening social skills for those with behavioral issues through play-based activities, such as obstacle courses, park visits, science and art. 2032 W Grand Ave (312-388-8883, Jun 24–Aug 8. Price upon request. Ages 4–9.

One in a Hundred Summer Camp Here, improving social and communication skills is combined with camp activities to strengthen confidence and cooperation: Kids do arts and crafts, play team-building games and burn off energy in sports such as soccer, softball and swimming. B’nai Torah, 2789 Oak St, Highland Park (847-461-9230, Jun 24–Jul 26. $3,000. Grades 1 to 8.