The end of the school year is upon us and that means that it is time to start researching summertime activities, at least it is time for me to do that. Every year as summer approaches I start looking into summer camps or programs that may interest the kids and based on my past experiences, some years I do well and other years I fail miserably.
Now that my children are older it is a bit easier for me to gauge their interest in certain summertime activities. My oldest loves music instruments and wants to take singing lessons and so I asked him if he would be interested in attending a multi-week theater arts camp. His answer “no way.” I thought he would have been overjoyed with such a camp, I’m glad I asked or I would have had to add that to my list of miserable failures.
He’s been playing tennis recently and rather enjoys it so I asked him if he wanted to attend a tennis camp. Again, “no way.” We live in Arizona and when the temperature hits 110+ on a regular basis, the last thing most kids want to do is stand out in the sun. Sooooo….the recreation center wisely scheduled the tennis camp in the early morning hours. My son doesn’t want to wake up early in the summer. So guess what he’s doing this summer? Nothing. That’s right, no structured summertime activities for my son. This will be the first summer “off” in several years and I certainly hope I’m making the right decision.
Thankfully my daughter’s summertime activity decisions are easier. She attends a pre-professional ballet school that offers a three-day a week, six-week long summer intensive for students at her level so that is where she will be. She loves ballet and dance classes, in general, have been the perfect form of therapy for her. Dance is social skills, physical therapy and occupational therapy all rolled into one!
I’d love to hear from you, my readers, what are your plans for structured summertime activities for your children on the autism spectrum?