Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What To Do Over Our Summer Vacation


My latest article on the Patch has me already debating what I should do with Audrey's summer vacation:  special needs camp?  regular camp?  no camp?  Should I jam-pack her schedule or let her stop and smell my sweaty armpits the roses?

Click here to check it out!  And let me know what you have planned for your kiddos...

16 comments:

  1. Nice post. We did a low key spring break and it went alright, so that's kind of what I'm thinking for summer too.

    My Goldie Hawn was the What to Expect series. In fact, I just got rid of them a few weeks ago. It felt a lot like selling your college textbooks at the end of a not-so-great semester.

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  2. My son will stay with the grandparents (ex-ILS) since I work full-time and so does his dad. The ex-FIL is retired so he takes sitting duty. I might do two weeks of dojo camp if he lasts through it. He gets sent home all the time because of meltdowns. They are not equipped to deal with Aspies. My son hates Spectrum camp so we can't send him there anymore. Sigh.

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  3. Good article. I agree that mingling with typically developing peers can be very beneficial for both sides. My son attends a mainstream school with a full-time classroom aide and, while it was a nightmare to set up at first, it paid off.

    We're thinking of spending a month or so by the sea. :)

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  4. When he was Audrey's age, my son used to attend a summer day camp sponsored by the local recreation department. Things improved when his aide attended with him (though I felt sorry for the guy, having to listen to hours of Looney Tunes information day after day).

    Now that The Boy is almost 16, this will be his third year at a sleepaway special needs camp...and I will be able to catch up on much needed sleep (and won't have to guard the refrigerator).

    He loves the camp. Counselors are from various countries throughout Europe, he loves their accents and learns a bit of a foreign language that week.

    They go caving and canoeing and have archery and swimming and a dance. When I told him he will be attending this year, he yelled, "Kickass!" - maybe they can help him with his penchant for inappropriate comments.

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  5. What is this smelling of roses of which you speak? I look forward to the day that there are not what seems like round the clock therapies to which I am at best 5-10 minutes late every day even in the summer. I'm glad you are going to try and let Audrey do her thing for the break, though. The pool and ice cream sound fantastic!

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  6. Our son, too, did not really enjoy "regular" camp. Nor did he pick up much, if any, of the purported benefits of being exposed to typically developing peers. But, we don't think that a low-key summer would be ideal for us either. Our son would be too likely to spend all of his time perseverating over numbers or something like that if left to his druthers. And, he'd drive Mom crazy. So, he will be in summer school, participate in the school's after-school recreational activities (for special kids), and go to all of his usual therapies. And, we'll still be poolside on some weekends.

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  7. I am actually impressed that it's Goldie Hawn and not Joan Crawford upon whom you model your parenting style.

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  8. I say take a break! But then you'll have some therapist or doctor yapping about "intensive" this and that. It wears a Mamma down just scheduling it all. Sometimes we do forget that these kids are just that, kids. Thanks for the reminder Goldie and Lynn:)

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  9. Cody goes to his day program 4 days a week.
    When he was in the public school system, he had the opportunity to go to summer school and/or camp, but most of the time I just kept him home with me. He's always been good to just chill and watch GSN, listen to his iPod, or swim.

    Did you decide what you are going to do with Audrey, or are you still thinking about it?

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  10. Although Grant Camp last summer was tons of fun and I think Audrey really DID like it, I know she will enjoy some time to just "hang out with her mom."

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  11. We are summer Nomads. GA and I spend many long weekends through out the summer in the guest bedrooms of different family members in different parts of the country so that she can hang out with her cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents and soak in their normalness. Classy right?

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  12. Nearly choked on my burnt s'more regarding typical kid modeling! So very true.

    This is my first summer post pre-k experience. I'm planning to be as neurotic leading up to camp as I was the first day of preschool. Logically, that line of thinking worked out for preschool, so the same will clearly apply for camp. Right?

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  13. Since I missed the party and it appears you haven't been back to comment on any other comments that were as late as I was, good punishment there, I will ctrl+v my comment here.

    In the same position this year. Jaylen did NOT qualify for ESY this year, most of the kids that attend are non verbal, so it just wasn't the right placement for him. I could have fought it, but he shouldn't be there. So we are probably gonna do something queer like "mom camp," where I will plan various activities to try and keep them occupied and me sane.

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  14. I have nothing planned because while there is a ton of cool stuff I've gotten papers for from the school, the Army can't make up its mind, and we have no idea if we're moving this summer or what. I'd hate to put down a nonrefundable deposit (they all are), and then have to move. This summer may just be hangin' in the backyard.

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  15. 1 week vacation
    Loads of therapy focused on Reading comprehension ( big probelm for us here - reading is easy - complex comprehension is difficult )
    1 week special needs camp

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