The summer camp experience can benefit a child with special needs and parents alike, but they’re likely to feel anxious ahead of time. For kids, it’s fear of the unfamiliar. For parents, it’s worries about having someone who doesn’t really know their child suddenly take charge. But if properly researched, spending time at a day or overnight camp can build a child’s self-esteem, sense of independence and social skills. For parents, it can mean extra time to devote to a spouse, other children—or oneself.

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