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2018 Pediatric Summer Camps

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Get ready! This summer the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is offering four different pediatric summer camps. The camps will have fun activities for kids and each will have an area of focus: speech, gait and upper extremity function.

Power Play: CIMT Summer Camp

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Led by our pediatric occupational therapists, Power Play is a four-week program that focuses on improving upper extremity function in children who have spastic hemiplegia or hemiparesis as a result of cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke or other diagnoses.

This program utilizes principles from a modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) protocol, in which the unaffected arm is restrained by a removable cast and the affected arm is used for all functional activities.

Camp activities include games, art projects, outings, sensory play activities, bimanual activities and self care. Children will be evaluated at the beginning and end of camp so progress in strength, flexibility and use of the affected arm will be measured.

A physician referral/prescription is required to participate in the camp.

Camp Schedule:

Session 1 (ages 2-3)
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday June 18 – June 29
10:00 am – Noon

Session 2 (ages 4-6)
Monday – Thursday July 16 – August 10
8:30 – 11:30 am

Session 3 (ages 7-10)
Monday – Thursday July 16 – August 10
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Stride Through Summer: Pediatric Gait Camp

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Led by our pediatric physical therapists, Stride Through Summer is a four-week program for children looking for a challenge. It will include high intensity exercise and activities to improve gait, balance, strength and endurance.

We will also provide education to transition these skills back to your community, school and home.

A physician referral/prescription is required to participate in the camp.

Camp Schedule:

Monday through Thursday
July 30 – August 24
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Let's Get Loud! Pediatric Speech Camp

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Led by our pediatric speech-language pathologists, Let’s Get Loud camp focuses on improving speech intelligibility in children who have impaired respiration, phonation and/or articulation as a result of cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke or other diagnoses.

This specially-designed, therapeutic camp program utilizes amplitude-based principles, which have been shown to improve overall speech intelligibility.

A physician referral/prescription is required to participate in the camp.

Camp Schedule:

Monday through Thursday
August 6 – August 20
10:00 – 11:30 am

Language and Literacy Camp

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Led by our pediatric speech-language pathologists, Literacy and Language camp is a four week program for children from age 3-7 that focuses on improving communication skills in children with language delays.  

This therapeutic camp program focuses on early literacy skills, which are closely related to language development. In this camp, we will help foster language skills through reading books together, singing songs, and doing language-based crafts. There will be a focus on increasing phonological awareness, improving early literacy development, and teaching basic concepts through the use of engaging and interactive stories. 

Camp Schedule:

Monday through Thursday
July 9 – August 2
9:30 – 11 am

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All sessions for all camps are held at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 355 East Erie Street Chicago, IL 60611.

To sign up, please contact Lauren Eckerle at 312.238.6129 or leckerle1@sralab.org

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