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Your Strong-Willed Child at Camp

Today, we are blogging over at Special-Ism.com.  This is the last in a series of blog posts about children, temperament and summer camp.

If you have a strong-willed child, you probably notice that they are charismatic and creative, move quickly, make their own rules, and let you know what they want and when they want it (now!).  They tell other children what to do and refuse to do what they don’t want to do.  Your strong-willed child may insist on being first, having the best toys, and always knowing the right way to do things.  Since your child is also clever and endearing, here are some tips for helping your strong-willed child be happy and enjoy friends at camp.

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Photo by Gerry Thomasen

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Your Uniquely Quirky Child at Camp

Today, we are blogging over at Special-Ism.com.  This is the 4th in a series of blog posts about children, temperament and summer camp.

Your child loves computers, video games, or anything mechanical.  He or she would love to stay in the house and play on the iPad or computer all day every day.  It is unnerving and a little (or maybe a lot) scary to see how absorbed your child becomes in these devices.  You plot and plan how to get him or her outside or engaged in physical activity during the school year.  How will you manage a whole summer????  I know…sign him or her up for camp; a nice out door camp with lots of kids who like to swim, do crafts, play sports, and essentially, like being with other kids.  What a great idea!  But then half way through the first week your child says he won’t go back to camp.  Nothing there is interesting.  The other kids are annoying.  Now what?  Of course, this may be an extreme example of what some uniquely quirky kids and families go through (or maybe not) but here are a few tips to help you and your child get through the camp experience.

Photo by: Tim Pierce

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Your Exuberant Child at Camp

Today, we are blogging over at Special-Ism.com.  This is the 3rd in a series of blog posts about children, temperament and summer camp.

Camp seems like the perfect place for an exuberant child who is excited about everything.  However, these are also the kids who may melt down at home or unexpectedly, at camp.  They may seem fine one minute and then explosive the next.  Here are a few tips and suggestions for helping your energetic child have a positive camp experience.

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Photo by: Ctd 2005

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Your Cautious Child at Camp

Today, we are blogging over at Special-Ism.com.  This is the 2nd in a series of blog posts about children, temperament and summer camp.

The cautious, sensitive, maybe shy and serious temperament can be one of the toughest to manage during these raucous camp days.  Parents want their child to have lots of friends, fun in the sun and go wild at camp but these kids may have another idea or other needs.

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Photo by:  jenny818

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Respecting Your Child’s Temperament at Summer Camp

 

 

Today we are blogging over at Special-Ism.com.  Please take a moment to read this first in a series of blog posts about kids, their temperament and summer camp.

Every spring parents ask us about summer camps that would be appropriate for their sons or daughters; camps that embrace neurodiversity.   And every year I tell myself I’m going to search the area for the best camps so I have a great resource list.  But each year I can’t seem to get my act together and regret that I wasn’t able to provide that valuable camp list to parents.

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Jill Perry MHA M.S. OTR/L