ADHD summer camps
sharpen academic skills and
inspire kids to learn when they
get back to the classroom.
“The last thing kids want to do during the
summer is schoolwork, but we recognize that
many kids with learning disabilities, ADHD,
and high-functioning ASD find it hard to retain
information they’ve learned during the school
year,” says Ilana Stoch, camp director at Camp
Kodiak, in Ontario, Canada.
Most summer learning camps take a child’s
resistance to “summer school” into account, and balance the
educational curriculum with experiences you’d expect any
camper to have—swimming, archery, hiking, and crafts.
“Our academic program is an hour a day, Monday through
Friday, and is held right after breakfast. The rest of the time,
kids are engaged in regular camp activities,” says Stoch. She
points out that Camp Kodiak’s non-traditional classroom
Recently, I sat down with directors from three camps that
specialize in helping students keep the spirit of learning alive
during the summer break.
How to Keep
Alive BY LISA ARO
As much as parents want their children to rest and relax during the summer, after the stress of the school year, a total reprieve is not beneficial for a child
with a learning disability,” says Karina Richland, founder of Pride
Learning Centers, which operates at 14 locations in Southern
California. “Chances are, he will lose his skills over the summer.
Parents need to balance summertime with learning time.”