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Special Needs Camps in the News - featured July 8, 2010

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[Source: Washington Post]

Matthew Hoffman will spend much of his summer doing handwriting exercises set to music, practicing conversation techniques with other kids on the soccer field and improving his motor planning by learning to ride a bike.

In other words, the 6-year-old from Bethesda is going to camp.

Matthew has autism. So his five weeks at Basic Concepts in Rockville, which began June 28, will be very different from the typical summer day camp in the Washington area.

Few camp counselors here are home from college for the summer. The Basic Concepts staff members are trained specialists in speech and occupational therapy as well as special education teachers and play therapists. And there are lots of them: one therapist for every two or three children. Equipment goes far beyond what you usually find at the playground, including weighted vests, trampolines and swings commonly used in therapy sessions.

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