Here are our parent autism camp packing tips and other special considerations. Most camps will provide you with a list of items your child should bring with her – if not, call ahead for a recommended list of items.
Packing to send our loved one off to camp was made much easier with these simple but useful tips:
Write a social story. Click here to view a social story written for our loved at camp.
Pack a favorite toy, book, music and board game. Include a snuggle toy or blanket to sleep with.
Pack an extra pillow case. Camp pillows are usually thin and worn out. Don't forget their favorite stuffed animal.
Mark or label every item with your child's name.
Include a list of emergency phone numbers, cell phone numbers and email addresses.
Pack a few family photos (a sure remedy for homesickness).
Pack a disposable camera. If your child really likes photography send an inexpensive disposable digital camera.
Pack a few pre-addressed postcards with stamps. Check out a sample of fun, pre-written postcards we made for our loved one.
Disposable flashlight with extra batteries.
Pack some warm clothing for rainy days and chilly nights. August weather can get a bit cooler.
Our loved one had such a good time at camp. He wrote a funny song at school about his first experience at "Tough Guy Camp".