Cerebral Palsy Summer Camps

Donald Saiontz

By Donald Saiontz
Posted April 2, 2008


As summer nears, parents of children with cerebral palsy may become concerned that their child will regress or lose some of the skills they developed during the school year. Cerebral palsy summer camps are offered in many places throughout the country to help enhance skills and provide a higher level of confidence for children impacted by the motor disability.

Children with cerebral palsy often learn better muscle control and social interaction skills through specialized and diligent work. There are schools and learning centers that work closely with adults and children with cerebral palsy to help develop these skills. However, many of these schools do not continue over the summer, and cerebral palsy camps are often available fill the gap and continue the progress and development.

While camps may vary in size and activities offered, most have very low camper-to-counselor ratios and have medical staff available. Similar to traditional summer camps, activities could include swimming, arts and crafts, plays and skits, talent shows, movie nights, campfires, sing-a-longs, team sports and dances. In addition to providing a memorable and enjoyable summer experience, the summer camps also focus on utilizing fine motor skills.

Camp Grace Bentley, on the shore of Lake Huron, is one example of a cerebral palsy camp. The camp, which is dedicated to help children with special needs, runs for nine days and never has more than three campers for each counseler. Four sessions of nine days each begin in late June and run through mid-August at a cost of $400 for each session.

There are several resources on the internet to help families locate a cerebral palsy summer camp in their area. Below are two useful sources which list summer camps for children with disabilities:


The cerebral palsy attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent children who suffered an injury at birth which was caused by a medical mistake. If the doctor, hospital or medical staff fail to follow the proper standards of medical care during a deliver, the child’s brain may be deprived of oxygen, resulting in cerebral palsy and a lifetime disability.

If you suspect that a medical mistake may be responsible for your child or family member suffering from cerebral palsy, request a free consultation.

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