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A Special Day For Special Kids at West Hills Day Camp on July 30, 2011

As summer approaches I have spent more and more time looking for fun activities and events near NYC for James, and last night I stumbled across this one – it looks promising.

Below is a description of the event as well as a map of the grounds, taken from the site http://www.specialdayforspecialkids.com:

The 7th Annual Special Day for Special Kids (SD4SK), being held on Saturday July 30, 2011 at West Hills Day Camp, is excited to bring you a Summer Festival like no other. SD4SK is dedicated to children with special needs, a place where children of all ages, with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, OCD, and other related neurobiological disorders, can feel comfortable enough to let go and just have fun in a safe environment. While these Special Kids are enjoying the many activities being offered, we will be bringing information and resources to parents and professionals in the field. Years prior, we have welcomed over 500 patrons to this event, and this year, we expect even more. 

SWIMMING – BASKETBALL – ARTS AND CRAFTS – GIANT SLIDE – CASTLE BOUNCE – MINIATURE GOLF – PADDLE BOATS – EURO BUNGEE – PLAYGROUNDS – AND MUCH MORE!!!

The site has many more details about the big day including a list of expert presentations – some of the experts will speak about life care planning, ABA therapy, motor speech disorders, due process rights at school and government benefits.  The stage schedule varies from reptile shows to dance performances. Ticket prices are very reasonable, and even less $$ if you buy them online.

Now what? When Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Become Adults

Thanks to Karel and my mom for sending me the same excellent article within 24 hours of each other. After reading, I recommend it to anyone with a special needs child, even if they aren’t on the spectrum. This is one of those topics that keeps me up at night.

There is a link to a cool transition tool for families and adolescents in the article as well. I posted the link to the Transition Tool Kit* below the link for the Times article – both are definitely worth a look!

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-autism-reporters.html

http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/transition.php

*If you are between 14 and 22 you can get a free hard copy of the tool kit, above.