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2020 Pediatric Summer Camps

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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 five 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.

Explore our five different pediatric summer camp programs:

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.

Camp Schedule:

Ages 2-3
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
June 22 – July 1
10 am –12 pm

Ages 4-6
Monday – Thursday
July 20 – August 6
8:30 – 11:30 am

Ages 7-10
Monday – Thursday
July 20 – August 6
1–4 pm          

All participants must be:

  • Ambulatory
  • Able to grasp and release an object
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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 3-5)
Monday – Thursday
July 6 – July 16
10:30 am – 12 pm

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

Mighty Sharks (ages 5-8)
Monday – Thursday
July 6 – July 16
1 – 2:30 pm

Participants must be able to:

  • Sit safely for 1 minute with distant supervision
  • Climb stairs with 1 handrail and minimal help
  • Walk for 2 minutes with or without assistive device with close supervision
  • 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 20 – August 13
5 – 7 pm

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
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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
June 22 – July 9
11 am – 12:30 pm

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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 ages 3-10 that focuses on improving communication skills in children with language delays.

There will be two concurrent running camps for different age groups. The speech summer camp,

ages 3-6, 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.

The speech summer camp, ages 7-10, will focus on increasing phonological awareness, improving literacy development, and teaching advanced concepts through the use of engaging and interactive stories.

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

Camp Schedule:

Ages 3 – 6
Monday – Thursday
June 22 – July 16
9 – 10:30 am

Ages 7–10
Monday – Thursday
June 22 – July 16
1 – 2:30 pm

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Food with Friends: Pediatric Spring Group

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Led by our pediatric speech-language pathologists, 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:

Session 1
Monday – Friday
June 15 – June 19
12 – 1:30 pm

Session 2
Monday – Friday
July 20 – July 24
12 – 1:30 pm

Session 3
Monday – Friday
August 17 – August 21
12 – 1:30 pm

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

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

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