CLARK CO., Ohio (WDTN) - Summer means camp time for a lot of children, but finding the right situation for a child with special developmental needs can be challenging.
Clark County has a created a summer journey especially for those campers.
The day often begins with hugs, but that affection is no match for the high energy that rolls through the day camp here at Developmental Disabilities of Clark County.
"We involve them. They go swimming, play putt putt, play with balloons."
This may sound like a typical camp experience, but what makes this one so special is all of these youngsters, ages 5 to 15, have special needs.
"They bus him to and from the camp and offer different activities, including three or four field trips a week," said Christine Shediack, camper's mother.
Shediack says what's best about the program for her son, Christopher, is the staff borrowed from the local Y.
"What we learned from families was they want those experiences similar to any other child, but want trained staff to care for sons and daughters to make sure it's safe."
That confidence helped parents like Christine feel comfortable bringing her five year old to the camp and leaving him all day.
"They're able to work through the meltdowns, the obsessions that's the best part. Hard to find people to do that hard work when you have kids with special needs."
"It takes a lot, takes patience, some have bad days like everybody else. You help them work through it," said Lindsey Pollack, staff counselor.
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