I am in shock too, but believe or not, we are mere weeks away from the end of the school year. Undoubtedly, your child’s speech services are winding down as well. And although we (and especially our kids) have every right to be very much looking forward to summer, I always recommend at this time of year a series to tips to my families. Whatever the hiatus from therapy is (a week or two or even the whole summer)—now is the best time to plan some summer speech therapy practice to carry over what our kids have learned and, if therapy is slated to continue come the fall, then we can hit the ground running.
Summer is traditionally the time when wedding planners go into overdrive mode and parents look for summer camps for their rambunctious youngsters. Summer camps used to mean dusty cabins, trips to the lake, and marshmallow roasts. These days, summer camps are hiring therapeutic staff right along with canoeing instructors. Specialty summer camps to meet the needs of children with disabilities are popping up all over. You could send your child to a camp specifically for kids with autism, kids with arthritis, or kids who are hard of hearing. There are even camps for gluten-free kids with celiac disease. Speech and language therapy summer camps are also riding the wave of specialty camp popularity. The University of Iowa SPEAKS camp is a microcosm of this trend, showing steadily rising enrollments from its inception six years ago.