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Which Summer Camps will suit Kids with Special Needs?

This Summer, be sure to give your Child an experience they won’t forget

Special Needs Camps for Kids in Plano and throughout Collin County, include camps for kids with developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses, physical disabilities, & other needs.

Dancing Camps for those with Special Needs

Every Summer Camp for children in this list have trained professionals and volunteers with a unique understanding of all types of Special Needs and can provide Special Education for High functioning, Autistic Kids and Camp sessions for every type of Special Needs Child in the DFW area and North Texas.

For all types of Kids with Special Needs, giving your Kids a Camp Experience and you a break over the Summer helps them develop social skills with a variety of types of Summer program.

North Texas Performing Arts

The Starcatchers program is designed specifically for children and adults with special needs. In this program, students are given opportunities to shine through drama, music, dance, and visual art. These opportunities range from large theatre productions to intimate art classes and further the development of social, communication, motor, and cognitive skills.Not only can a student’s involvement in the arts strongly impact these areas of his or her life, but it can also have an impact on the community.

What makes the Starcatchers program unique is not just the work with children and adults with special needs, but its relational approach to the work. Each student is paired with a trained intern, who assists their development through rehearsals and shadows them during performances. In addition to fostering personal confidence and creativity, the Starcatchers work to foster collective compassion and empathy. There are no disabilities in making art.

In Plano, at the NTPA location at The Shops at Willow Bend, The Starcatchers Dance workshop is for students with special needs to learn the fundamentals of dance through instruction and movement games.

By exploring and expressing through dance, students will also further develop physical strength, spatial awareness, and motor and social skills. Ending in a short showcase, this workshop aims to give youth and adults with special needs opportunities to move and groove!

North Texas Performing Arts Plano TX

Plano Parks & Recreation Adapted Recreation Program

Operated by the City of Plano and the Plano Parks & Recreation Department, their Adapted Recreation Programming offers some great Summer options.

They provide a variety of activities such as; fitness, crafts and fine arts, education, outings and a variety of other programs that meet the needs of children and teens with disabilities

Heroes DFW

An organization based in Richardson, TX, they offer year-round support and resources for local families

H.E.R.O.E.S. began during the summer of 2005. A group of special education teachers and parents saw the need for a program that would give their students an opportunity to go in to the community to learn valuable life skills in a safe, fun and loving environment. Providing Lifelong Learning Through Community Experiences

H.E.R.O.E.S. strives to create social, recreational and vocational programs designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities.​H.E.R.O.E.S. strongly encourages the integration of all individuals in to their community by providing social models, communication, emotional and behavioral supports.

H.E.R.O.E.S. staff is composed of certified educators, certified instructional assistants, college interns, licensed therapists and trained volunteers.

Heroes DFW
Photo Credit: Heroes DFW Facebook

“Heroes has transformed my life and Ewan’s life! No amount of words will ever express the gratitude I have for this amazing program. Ewan has gained so much independence and has such pride to be a part of heroes. We count down the days to summer camp!

Every time we drive past the church Ewan gets so excited and cheers “HEROES camp! I go there.” It’s so awesome! He also recognizes fellow campers and councilors in the community. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication! “

Melanie Papier

Champions Special Ministries

Programs/ activities are adapted to promote inclusion and full participation for every Camper present. Campers are paired with local, 1-on-1 volunteers (i.e. “coaches”) for the entire week of Camp to ensure that they receive support and fellowship and it is facilitated by highly trained Champions leadership and staff, who monitor needs and promote a spirit of discipleship.

This is a faith-based Camp. Medical professionals are present at all times during Camp hours.

There’s a weeklong day camp in Plano and Dallas.

Camp Interact & Summer Speech Camp

Based in Richardson, TX, Camp Interact runs for children with high-functioning ASD, ADHD, NVLD, or other social skills deficits (campers must be at the conversational level). Camp activities include funshops, lesson time, drama, team building, and a special activity each day.

This is a 1 week camp for 6-12 year olds with AD/HD; Asperger’s Syndrome; Autism; Learning Disability and Social Skills. Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm.

This camp, hosted by UT Dallas is at the Callier Center. They do have other great camps available to help with Speech, Kids with Hearing Loss and Reading.

Texas Lion Camp

This Week-long camp caters to Kids with Physical Disabilities, Downs Syndrome and Type-1 Diabetes aged 7-15, with specialist staff, and medical support on hand as needed, to reassure the loved ones and family members. The camp mainstreams all kids based on age and gender, rather than their disability.

Kids will be able to try:

  • Archery
  • Barnyard Green-thumb
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Swimming
  • Drama
  • Horses
  • Ropes Course
  • Recreation & Athletics
  • Music
  • Fishing
  • Paddle boating & Canoeing

The Sleepaway camp is located in Hill County at Kerrville, Texas.

Camp Summit
Photo Credit: Camp Summit Facebook Page

Camp Summit

Camp Summit is a one-of-a-kind camp for individuals with disabilities where the emphasis is on the campers’ abilities rather than their disabilities.

Traditional camp activities are adapted to each individual and are provided in our barrier-free facilities and implemented by trained, caring staff.

Their campers are grouped by age, providing the opportunity to make friends within peer groups while having fun and experiencing new adventures. Camp Summit is located in Paradise, Texas, just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on 460 acres of land.

Their goal is to help children and adults with disabilities reach their own personal peak by providing recreational, therapeutic and social activities in an authentic, natural camp setting. The benefits of our camping program are endless!

Campers are encouraged to try new experiences in order to gain self-confidence, increase personal independence and learn cooperation.

At Camp Summit, they never turn away a camper due to the severity of a disability, or an inability to pay.

Campers may be: Physically Challenged(cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paralysis, etc.), Developmentally Delayed (Down syndrome, autism, intellectual disabilities, etc.) or be Dual-Sensory Impaired (deafblind)

Ages 6-99 (with no upper age limit)

It’s a sensory world

They welcome children of all abilities, ages 2 and up. Campers will be placed in groups based on developmental level, needs, interests, and talents. Camp times will vary throughout the year.

Camps are held 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday. They have a ½ day option for Pre-School age.

Maintain and Learn New Skills

Art, Music, Field Trips, Special Activities, Sensory Gym time, Outdoor play, New Friends and Small Ratios.

$350 per week.

Charis Hills

Located in the North Texas Hill Country area, Charis Hills is a Christian Summer Camp that offers kids with learning differences and social difficulties—those with ADD, ADHD, high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s disorder, and other special needs—an opportunity to come to a place of acceptance.

They provide a positive camp experience while sharing the good news about Jesus Christ. During the camp experience, they focus on learning about Christ, improving social skills, boosting self esteem and confidence, and helping kids understand that their differences are neither uncommon nor debilitating. They play with purpose: they give kids access to traditional camp activities, combine recreation with learning, and help kids find greater success and fun in daily life.

Sound Starts Music Therapy

Music Therapy is designed to address developmental needs such as Communication Skills, social skills, academics, behavior and emotional regulation.

They offer Music-based Summer Camps for Kids in Frisco, TX.

Seek Camp

A faith-based non-denominational Christian Camp experience located in Bridgeport, TX on Lake Bridgeport and in Pottsboro on Lake Texoma.

From age 9 up to adulthood, this Camp is ideal for campers who are physically and or mentally challenged.

Cost $400 for the youngest campers. For 9-15 year olds. Counsellors are paired for one-to-one attention.

The Behavior Exchange

Summer Camp at The Behavior Exchange includes all the fun, highly individualized ABA therapy they
offer all year round, but in a concentrated, 10-week format that spans the summer. B.E.E.S. (Behavior
Exchange Early Start), One-on-One Therapy, Social Skills Group, and more are available in the
summer, along with special themes every two weeks and special activities that help make happy
campers out of everyone.

Special Needs Fitness Camp

Special Strong – 8 Week Indoor Summer Program

For ages 7+ with special needs! 

There will be relay races, fun strength exercises, dance parties, socialization, games, puzzles, and more! We will even have themed workouts that include a superhero theme, an 80’s workout theme, and many other fun themes!

If you didn’t know your child could get stronger, burn calories, and have fun at the same time … now is the time to experience Special Strong!

We hope this Guide is useful to you. Please ensure to check directly with Camp providers for the most up to date and accurate information.

Some of these may offer Exclusive Offers too! Check our our full Summer Guide for more information


Thursday 23rd of April 2020

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