Although these program are open to every child in the community, they have done an incredible job at accommodating children with special needs.
The Special Olympics Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children with and without disabilities ages 2 through 7, designed to provide opportunities for young children to be active, have fun, and learn foundational sports skills. The program supports physical, cognitive and social development — skills important on and off the sports field. It also offers families connections to local Special Olympics Programs. There is no cost for your family for participating. The program offers 1 hour classes that meet for 6-8 weeks throughout the year.
Cochran’s is a small ski area in Richmond, Vermont. Cochran’s is an amazing place for children with special needs. Although they might not be labeled as an “adaptive” ski program, they are the most adaptable program that I have come across. From the instruction to the smallness of the ski area, it is an amazing place to have your child learn to ski. The best part is the sense of warmth, caring, and community that they offer for every family!
Offers weekly classes and summer camps. Allows children to express themselves in an artistic way. The staff are amazing at accommodating kids who have special needs. One of the best summer camps my child has attended.
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts does an incredible job at accommodating children with special needs. Several performances throughout the year are presented in a sensory-friendly format. The Flynn Center also has provide workshops for children on the autism spectrum throughout the year. We will keep you updated on our event page regarding those performances.
Music Blooms and Burlington Recreation partner for an amazing summer music camp. Flora Whitmore, a board-certified music therapist, with extensive experience working with children of various ages and functioning levels will be offering a week long music camp for children ages 6-9. Camp will provide children opportunities to engage in shared musical experiences with their peers, practice important social skills, explore and play a variety of musical instruments, and grow their musical knowledge and confidence!
Camp runs June 26-June 30th from 9:00-12:00 at the Robert Miller Community Center in Burlington.
Northern lights is an amazing rope course and ice-climbing facility in Essex. They offer classes and camps throughout the year. What separates this from most rope courses is their ability to work with special needs children and adults. The entire staff at Northern Lights are friendly, out-going, caring, creative, and full of energy! Jay Plantillas, the facility directory, is incredible at getting any child with a disability out on the course!
A camp that provides children with the opportunity to engage with animals, do farm chores, and have a lot of fun. This was by far the best summer camp my daughter attended, and she is eager to go back.
Shelburne Farms is not only a great place to visit for a day, they offer some great camps throughout the year! They do a remarkable job working with ALL kids, regardless of their differences. From the animals, hands on activities, and their delicious bakery; it is definitely a place you want to visit.
Shelburne Farms also has an adaptive stroller to access their grounds!
Offers a few weeks of camp throughout the summer. They have made several accommodations to assist special needs children who are attending the camp. The staff is very patient and engaging. The camps provide a fairly calm environment with lots of creativity.
Stowe Rocks is an indoor rock climbing facility that has both auto-belay courses for kids to climb as well as 8 manual belay sections. The staff that is on site to help is incredible. They are patient, friendly, and great at encouraging kids to climb and take chances!
$26.00 for kids 12 and under to climb for 2 hours.
If your child is not up to climbing they can always take the gondola up to the top of Mt. Mansfield.
Definitely a fun place to visit!
Annie Cooper has been teaching children to swim for years. Her enthusiasm, patience, and encouragement helps children enjoy the water. Swim lessons in Shelburne are held in a therapeutic (very warm) pool which can be ideal for children with special needs.
Wildflowers is a multi-sensory play space for children. This amazing place offers 6 week classes and open studio for children to explore the four areas of learning: tinkering, sensory play, paint exploration, and dream weaving. The studio is open to children of all ages and allows children to use their creativity in a calm and inviting environment.