Summit Camp is in its 4th decade serving special needs boys and girls ages 8 to 19. Although our children come to us with any number of diagnoses, they all share in their difficulty making and maintaining age appropriate peer relationships. Clinical diagnoses may include Asperger syndrome, ADD/ADHD, verbal and non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), HFA (including PDD-NOS), speech and language issues, and sensory integration issues. Some of our youngsters may also have issues related to gaps in executive function, Tourette’s syndrome, and/or Bi-Polar disorder.
Our children may have experienced academic, emotional and social frustration attempting to achieve success within a traditional school setting. Although the child’s intellectual potential may reside at, or even far above, the average (the majority of our campers are in mainstream educational settings), the child’s academic performance may be below expected levels or highly erratic because of inattention, disorganization, difficulty focusing, and/or social immaturity. The child’s experience in a traditional classroom setting may have been both frustrating and emotionally damaging.
Our child has had difficulty in establishing meaningful and mutually rewarding relationships with other children. While often performing beautifully on a one-to-one basis with sympathetic adults, our camper often alienates, antagonizes, or isolates himself/herself from peers. Whether due to impulsivity, an inability to read social cues, language processing difficulties, hyperactivity, or a lack of awareness of the needs of others, our camper often responds inappropriately to the social attitudes and expectations of his or her peers. As no disability is indicated by the child’s appearance, other children (and adults) often expect and demand social behavior on a level beyond the child’s capability.
The child we serve has been the recipient of love and attention within his/her home. Even within the warmth of a family setting, however, the child may have difficulty in coping with the demands placed upon him/her, or with the quite natural tendency of the family to be overprotective, or with siblings who cannot understand the atypical behaviors or the child’s seemingly “preferential treatment” by the parent.
Our campers need personal as well as interpersonal success, and Summit Camp provides it!