Autism and Summer Camp

Leslie - posted on 07/29/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




My son (age 10) suffers from anxiety disorder (well controlled on medication ) and autism. This last summer he attended sleep away camp and voiced no objections to attending. We were encouraged by his psychiatrist to gently push him out of his comfort zone and get him to try new things. He seemed to do fine at the camp, generally enjoy the activities, but did not really connect with any of the other boys. He does not want to return next year - stating that he missed his family too much. If this were my daughter who does not suffer from autism, that would be the end of the discussion. She tried and doesn't want to go back. End of story. However, I am torn with my son. Should we have him go back in an effort to continue to broaden his experiences or leave it be?


Sarah - posted on 07/29/2015




Maybe talk to the camp, see if they kept any notes from his session to indicate homesickness, not fitting in, or that he did not enjoy himself. I work as a camp nurse and we have SN as well as traditional campers. Every week the staff fills out evaluation forms to keep as a reference for place kids in camp groups in future sessions.
I'd let it go, personally and maybe try day camp? Or just give him some time and re-offer next spring.

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