Many campers who attend Starfish have been asked to leave other summer or extra-curricular programs because the staff ratio, structure or program expectations did not set up children with extra needs for success. Some have never tried camp or spent any time away from home.
Some Starfish campers attend mainstream schools, often with IEPs or class aides. Some attend private therapeutic schools with small classes and multiple teachers. Others attend residential schools or alternative learning academies. Many have tried several school placements and are still trying to find the right fit. All are looking for a summer camp where social interactions are appropriate and simplified, where they are not the “odd one out” and where they can feel at home.
Some, though not all, of our campers have been diagnosed with one or more of the following: anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, PDD, PTSD. oppositional defiance, anger challenges, sensory processing/ integration disorder, depression, bipolar, inflexible explosivity, reactive attachment, and other extra needs.
If you’re not sure whether Starfish is right for your camper, please contact us.