Summer can be a fantastic time for children to gain new experiences and meet new friends. However, it can sometimes be difficult to find the right activities for your child.
Does your child have special needs?
Are you looking for summer activities in the Rogue Valley?
If so, read on. This list highlights the top activities for kids with special needs that we’ve found in the area.
Medford Children’s Therapy is offering bike camps and social skills camps this summer. Bike camp is for those at least 8 years of age who have not yet mastered riding a bike. There is no age limit, and it is open to children, regardless of disability or diagnosis. The main goal is that your child will learn to ride a two-wheeled bike without training wheels. The camp runs from Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30. The camp is 75 minutes each day. The cost is $250, and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Find more about registering here.
Social Skills Camp
Many parents worry their children’s social skills will regress during the summer. Social skills camp helps children learn social skills with peers experiencing similar challenges. At camp, children improve their conversational, play, and listening skills while making friendships.
This camp has two sessions – the first begins at the end of June, the second begins in July. Each session costs $200, which includes a one-hour session weekly for five weeks. Sign up by the end of May to reserve your spot. Check out this facebook page to learn more.
Ashland Parks and Recreation
Ashland Parks and Recreation offers several programs adapted for children with disabilities. Activities offered include monthly Friday night socials, aquatics courses, karate, and group bowling. Instructors tailor the activities to meet your child’s abilities. Some of these classes are for children 10 and older, but are open to younger children with prior approval.
Southern Oregon Family: Geocaching
You may come across this free little gem of a magazine around town. This month’s magazine features several day camps at Science Works, Ashland Children’s Theatre, and Fusion Dance Academy. Although these camps are not specifically geared towards those with special needs, most people are happy to make accommodations so all can participate.
My favorite feature of this publication is the calendar of every family event in the Rogue Valley! No matter your family’s interests, you will be sure to find something everyone will enjoy.
This month, Southern Oregon Family featured an article on geocaching. If you haven’t heard of it, geocaching is a treasure hunt that is guided with your smartphone. All that is required is to sign up for free on geocaching.com. You’ll get immediate access to clues for treasure hunts in your area. I’m a huge fan of geocaching because it gets kids outdoors and encourages creative thinking.
Summer Activities: Rogue Valley
I hope you’ve come across some ideas to enrich your summer plans. Best of luck, and here’s to a safe and happy summer!