My son, Evan, is now 10 years old and has a complex diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome, plus ADHD/OCD/anxiety. For the past two summers, he has attended the AdaptAbilities Hearts In Action summer camps, as well as one year in the winter camp.
Evan's diagnosis is very difficult to deal with, as each day can be very different. When he is frustrated, overwhelmed or anxious, his tics can increase and he can become defiant or obstinate. The AdaptAbilities staff were able to get to know Evan's triggers, and to help him avoid or manage them. By the end of the first summer, Evan showed dramatic improvements in his social skills and his ability to deal with overwhelming situations. The staff were also able to separate Evan's diagnosis from the loving boy that he really is.
After Evan was diagnosed, I was so worried that he would not be able to enjoy the same things that other children do - afraid that he would miss out on those fun filled activities that every child should have the chance to partake in. I was worried that he would not have any friends, and that his self-esteem would suffer. But these camps have given him the chance to be like every other kid. He has made friends, and experienced field trips and activities that he wouldn't otherwise have enjoyed.
It is comforting to know that my child can attend a summer camp, where he is supported and accepted. It is also a relief to know that, despite whatever concern or difficulty Evan may be presenting, the staff at AdaptAbilities are willing and capable of dealing with them. It is also a testament to how great this organization is, by the fact that many of the camp leaders and staff return each summer.
We are looking forward to another great summer with AdaptAbilities!