Summer camp is a tradition for many children, but for those with special needs, camp can provide yet another opportunity to feel out of place.
Camps devoted to certain disorders and diseases have sprouted across the country over the decade, giving kids with special needs a chance to meet others like themselves. However, they can also leave parents with an extravagant bill.
The Helping Kids with Hemiplegia Summer Camp, in Chapel Hill, N.C., is a welcome exception to the rule.
Children with hemiplegia are invited to spend 10 days at the camp, free of charge, with their parents and siblings. Each child is paired with a trained occupational or physical therapy student, with whom he or she will complete goal-oriented activities and games.