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2022 Pediatric Summer Camps

Location

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 East Erie, Chicago, IL 60611

Contact

PedsCamp@sralab.org
or 312.238.1139

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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, feeding, gait and upper extremity function.

Explore our six different pediatric summer camp programs:

Literacy & Language: 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 ages 8-11 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:

Ages 4 - 7
Monday – Thursday
June 20 – July 14
9:30 - 11 am

Ages 8 - 11
Monday – Thursday
June 20 – July 14
1:30 - 3 pm

Clear Communicator: Speech Summer Camp

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Led by one of our speech language pathologists, Clear Communicators is an intensive group for children aged 4-9 with severe speech sound disorders such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Phonological disorder. This group will meet four times per week, for four weeks.

Participants will practice functional words from an individualized list to work in the context of principals of motor learning to maximize carry over outside of group. Prosody, intonation and inflection will also be addressed across speaking contexts. This group will involve socialization, language skills and movement.

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

Camp Schedule:

Ages 4 - 9
Monday – Thursday
July 18 – August 11
1:30 - 3 p-m
355 East Erie Street, 18th Floor

Transition Group

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Rehabilitation professionals at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are committed to empowering adolescents to become more independent by preparing them for a smooth and successful transition toward the future.

How to Get Involved?
Request a prescription for a speech therapy evaluation and treatment from your physician. You will need to contact the Pediatric Program to sign up and schedule a Transition Group Speech evaluation. Group sessions will be held every Thursday from 10:30 am – 12 pm.

The Young Adult Transition Group is held in person will include one individual speech and one group session each week. Individual speech sessions will be scheduled according to your preference.

Camp Schedule:

Ages 13-21
Tuesdays
June 16 – August 18
10:30 am – 12 pm

Classes:

  • Community Transportation (June 13 - June 23)
  • Money Management (June 27 - July 7)
  • Cooking (July 11 - July 21)
  • Medical Information and Care (July 25 - August 4)
  • Education and Employment (August 8 - August 18)

Stride Through Summer: Gait Summer 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 3 – 6
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
July 25 – August 12
9 am – 12 pm
355 East Erie Street, 18th Floor

Participants must be able to:

  • Sit safely for 1 minute with distant supervision
  • Climb up and down stairs (walking or crawling) with close supervision
  • Walk for 2 minutes with or without assistive device with distant supervision
  • Transition from the floor to standing with minimal help
  • Follow a simple two-step command
  • Must be able to use the toilet independently

All Stars: Ages 7 – 17
Monday – Thursday
July 18 – August 11
5 – 7 pm
345 East Superior Street, 13th Floor

Participants must be able to:

  • Sit safely for 2 minutes with distant supervision
  • Climb stairs with 1 handrail and moderate help
  • Walk for 2 minutes with or without assistive device with moderate 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
  • Masked and practice social distance

Auqatic Therapy: Summer Camp

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Led by a physical and occupational therapist, this aquatic therapy-focused camp is geared toward improving your child’s strength, balance, and cardiovascular endurance in an interactive and fun way! This is also geared toward providing parents/caregivers with the opportunity to bond with their child and learn how to assist their child in the water. By the end of the camp you will have the tools and skills to not only safely assist your child in the pool but also we also hope to provide you with a fun opportunity to connect with your child and enjoy a unique fitness experience.

All sessions located at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 East Erie Street, 14th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.

Participants must:

  • Be assisted by a parent/caregiver throughout the session
  • Be able to tolerate wearing a mask in the water
  • Free of open wounds, fractures, trach and infections
  • Have a physician referral/prescription
  • Have an insurance policy that will cover group therapy

Camp Schedule:

Session 1: Ages 3-7
Monday and Thursday
May 2 – May 26
4 – 5 pm

Session 2: Ages 3-7
Monday and Thursday
May 2 – May 26
5 – 6 pm

Power Play: CIMT Summer Camp

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Led by our pediatric occupational therapists, Power Play is a multi-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 to progress in strength, flexibility and use of the affected arm can be measured.

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

Participants must be:

  • Ambulatory
  • Able to grasp and release an object
  • Masked and practice social distance

Camp Schedule:

Session 1: Ages 4-6
Monday - Thursday
July 11 – July 29
8:30 – 11:30 am
541 North Fairbanks Court, Mezzanine Fl.

Session 2: Ages 7-10
Monday - Thursday
July 11 – July 29
1 – 4 pm
541 North Fairbanks Court, Mezzanine Fl.

Contact

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To sign up, please contact us at 312.238.1139 or pedscamps@sralab.org.

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