Speaking of Camps

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Speaking of Camps
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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 6:34am

a friend of mine told me yesterday she's putting her 13 YO DS with ADHD in a camp with kids whose issues are along the same spectrum.

 

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 6:41am

it's 5 days. I don't see the problem.

Why not be with kids like him? Isn't that what Muscular Dystrophy camp does? Gives kids with some extra challenges the opportunity to not worry what other kids without the challenges are thinking. They can just be.

And, again, it's only 5 days. Kid has 360 other days for people to make it perfectly obvious to him that he's different. I doubt he'll forget.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 6:51am
Depending on the camp, it can be a wonderful experience. There are camps like that here, but they go for 3-6 weeks. The counselors are trained to help the kids develop socially acceptable coping skills and techniques. Also, They are trained to be able to help children with social skill issues. It can be a fantastic experience for a child who is struggling.
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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 6:54am

That's exactly what MDA camp does, for exactly the same length of time, and while I can see (and relate to) your concerns, it really is a very positive experience.


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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 6:59am

In fact, seems to me that many camps serve the purpose of letting kids be with others who are like them for a change: The camp in the OP, muscular dystrophy, as you said, various gifted camps, camps for specialized interests.

In the last category, I could have seen dd having enjoyed a camp with other kids who were really into and skilled at making art. She had all year in school to take art classes with kids who were not really all that interested, and from teachers who were not all that interested either.

So, yeah, seems to me that summer camp might be a good time to give a kid the experience of NOT being the odd duck out.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 7:13am

So, yeah, seems to me that summer camp might be a good time to give a kid the experience of NOT being the odd duck out.



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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 7:21am
We havenMt done the overnight camp thing but my son recently discovered a support group for kids with similar issues and he loves it. They share all kinds of coping tips and even have speakers who tell them things like how to identify colleges with ADHD friendly admissions policies, stuff like that. I think it can be really nice to meet other people with shared interests and liife experiences.
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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 7:26am

It sounds like a great experience to me.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 7:52am
Yes, sorry about that. I posted before reading yours, then realized you had already made the point very well.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 8:38am

This sounds ideal to me. It's really no different from sending a child to a special interest camp or diabetes camp. My 15 yo is looking forward to spending a month at Christian camp this summer because she wants to be with other kids who struggle with the same issues and share the same faith. She gets plenty of diversity in her daily life. Sometimes it's more relaxing to be among "family."

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 9:10am
It's 5 days. not his entire life. And sometimes, the pressure a kid feels from being different is relieved when he knows that there are lots of others just like him that have the same condition/disease/illness/diagnosis.

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