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When the Child with Special Needs Goes Off to Summer Camp



Or "I hate this place. I want to come home. Send my iPod. Pat the dog."


Everything changes when a child leaves home and parents must design a whole new system of communicating with and caring for the absent child. If your child is away at camp, you doubtless understand this and are trying to adapt to this situation. Browse these tips from LD expert Rick Lavoie.



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Summer Reading for Kids with Dyslexia

The summer months are important to your child's academic development in two ways. First, childrens need to be reminded of what they learned during the school year so that they remember it when they return in the fall. Second, and perhaps more important, children with dyslexia can discover the joys of reading and other academic skills in the relaxed summer season.

Tips for Choosing a Summer Camp for Your LD Child

Choosing the appropriate summer camp for your child can be challenging for parents. Learn from one mother's experience: unable to find the right summer program for her child with LD, Ann Cathcart started a camp herself to create exactly what she wanted for her son. Here are her tips on what to look for in a summer camp experience for your child with learning differences.

Cece Bell's Superpowers!

Meet Cece Bell, the award-winning author and illustrator of children's books including El Deafo, which won a Newbery Honor and the Geisel Award in 2015. In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful — and very awkward — hearing aid.

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Today's Blog

"Aiming for Access" with June Behrmann

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More Highlights

Reinforcing Your Child's IEP Goals Over the Summer

If your child has an IEP, it may or may not cover summer. Some kids get extended school year services built into their IEPs, but many don't. If your child isn't attending a summer learning program, you may worry about how she'll keep up while school's out. But you can help reinforce her goals, even if she doesn't have school services in the summer. Here's how. Start by re-reading your child's IEP plan. (From our partner, Understood.org)

Personal Stories: Project June Bug

Meet second-year English teacher Jenna Bianchi who is forced to make a choice: Give up on the defiant tenth grader with ADHD who is threatening to ruin her career, or help him harness his creativity and find a better path. Here, Jenna faces off with the rebellious student — just one of many challenges she will have to overcome.

Need Age-Appropriate Stories for Struggling Readers?

Our friends at Story Shares offer free, age-appropriate stories for struggling teen and young adult readers. Browse their full library of titles!

Contributions From You

Bear is Suspicious of Duck

Today's Artist

Bear is Suspicious of Duck, by Nina, age 9

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Today's First Person Essay

My ADD Journey by Anne Brow

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