A few weeks ago, I wrote a post BC Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities.  There are some great options for children in British Columbia, but what if they simply don’t meet your child’s needs, or your needs for your child? How far are you willing to go to send your child to a suitable camp? Well, it appears I’m willing to go a long way.


I chose a camp that should be both fun and therapeutic for my child. I’m a strong believer in the benefits of regular therapy. I also believe it is sadly becoming a rare event in the current system. Schools try to incorporate therapy into the child’s daily schedule, but have little time. They are also structured for consult only therapy support. Then there’s the problem of the therapist’s caseloads being too big or ill managed. The end result is the parent has to work that much harder to support their child. The support they did have during the school year is often gone during the summer months.


Despite the many great summer camps in B.C., I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for. I widened my search and came across Ability Camp in Ontario. Ability Camp is a conductive education camp providing hands on therapy and social opportunities for children with disabilities. They focus on children with Autism and children with Cerebral Palsy. The camp also offers two other programs, adult stroke therapy and hyperbaric oxygen treatments.


I was impressed with the video and information Ability Camp sent me. The camp structure appears like it will provide my daughter with the support she needs to learn skills, opportunity to meet other children, swim in the pool and play. It’s not cheap because it’s a 5 week long program and we stay on the premises. Still, I believe my daughter will benefit from the experience and I will learn other ways of supporting her needs. I chose not to sign up for the hyperbaric oxygen treatments offered in conjunction with conductive education; though I do know other families who have gone that route and found some success.


To learn more about Ability Camp or conductive education, please click here.  I will do follow-up posts to let readers know our progress there this summer. Five weeks away from the rest of the family at home will be tough. I guess I’ll just have to relax by the pool. Ahhh, such is life.

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Let’s Be Wheelisitic is a blog designed to open communication, share and create change through parenting, awareness, inclusion and advocacy. Over the years people have encouraged me to use my voice and experiences with my daughter to help others with or without disabilities, or parents of children with disabilities. This blog is my way of doing just that. I hope you will find this site enjoyable, educational, helpful, and rewarding.
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