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2019 Pediatric Summer Camps

Posted By Lauren Eckerle, MA, CCC-SLP

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 355 East Erie, Chicago, IL 60611

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Get ready! This summer the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is offering six 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 three-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. Participants must have an insurance policy that will cover group therapy.

Camp Schedule:

Session 1 (ages 2-3)
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 
June 17 – June 26
10 am – Noon
 

Session 2 (ages 4-6)
Monday – Thursday 
July 22 – August 8
8:30 – 11:30 am
 

Session 3 (ages 7-10)
Monday – Thursday 
July 22 – August 8
1 – 4 pm

Stride Through Summer: Pediatric Gait Camp

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

Participants will be provided with education and resources to help transition the skills they have achieved back to their community, school and home environments. 

A physician referral/prescription is required to participate in the camp. Participants must have an insurance policy that will cover group therapy. 

Camp Schedule:

Baby Sharks (ages 5-8)
Monday - Thursday 
July 22 – August 2
3:30 – 5:00 pm

Participants must be able to:

  • Climb stairs with 1 handrail and minimal help
  • Walk for 2 minutes with or without assistive device with minimal help
  • Transition from the floor to standing with minimal help
  • Follow simple three-step or complex two-step commands like touch your knee then pretend to talk on the phone

All Stars (ages 9-18)
Monday - Thursday 
July 22 – August 16
5:00 – 6:45 pm

Participants must be able to:

  • Climb stairs with 1 handrail without help
  • Walk for 6 minutes with or without assistive device with no help
  • Transition from the floor to standing without help
  • Follow simple three-step or complex two-step commands like touch your knee then pretend to talk on the phone

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 - Thursday 
July 8 - July 25
10 - 11:30 am

Strike a Balance: Pediatric Gait Summer Camp

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Led by our pediatric physical therapists, Strike a Balance is a program for children looking to challenge their balance and walking skills. It will include exercise and activities to improve gait, balance, strength and endurance.

Participants will be provided with education and resources to help transition the skills they have achieved back to their community, school and home environments. 

A physician referral/prescription is required to participate in the camp. Participants must have an insurance policy that will cover group therapy.

Children ages 9-18
Monday - Thursday
August 5 - August 30 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Participants must be able to:

  • Walk 30 feet with less than or equal to moderate assistance from a helper (less than 50% help) with assistive device or body support walker/gait trainer when positioned
  • Stand with use of arm/hand support with close supervision from a helper for at least 60 seconds
  • Follow simple three-step or complex two-step commands like touch your knee then pretend to talk on the phone

Literacy & Language: Pediatric Speech Summer 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.

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

Camp Schedule:

Monday - Thursday 
August 5 - August 29
9:30 – 11 am

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To sign up, please contact Samantha Mitchell at 312.238.8179 or smitchell@sralab.org

Food With Friends: Pediatric Spring Group

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Led by our pediatric speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists, the Food with Friends group focuses on facilitating positive interactions with new/non-preferred foods with children who have sensory feeding needs or who have difficulty with mealtimes.  
This specially-designed, therapeutic camp program utilizes principles of Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) and Food Chaining approaches, which have been shown to help children increase their food repertoire. 
Signs your child may be a problem feeder: 

  • Accepts less than 20 different foods
  • Has stopped accepting many foods they used to
  • Cries or becomes upset when presented with new foods
  • Refuses entire categories of food textures
  • Eats different foods than the rest of the family

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

Camp Schedule: 

Summer Session 1 
Monday – Friday 
June 10 – June 14
12:00 – 1:30
 

Summer Session 2
Monday – Friday 
July 8 – July 12
12:00 – 1:30
 

Summer Session 3
Monday – Friday 
August 5 – August 9
12:00 – 1:30
 

*Families are encouraged to choose a minimum of 2 of the 3 weeks

To sign up, please contact Ashley Berman at 312.238.8099 or aberman@sralab.org

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