Special Needs Summer Camps in Huntsville

It’s that time of the year again: school is getting out and now the fun begins, right? Finding fun and interesting things for kids to do is a big enough challenge during summer break, but, for parents of special needs children, the challenges are compounded by finding the right place and right activity for their children. This month’s column is meant to give you but a SMALL sampling of what area businesses and organizations are offering for special needs children this summer.

making connectionsThe activities are broken down by age group (Preschool: birth to 5; Elementary School: 5-12; Junior High & High School: 13-18). The following activities are just a few of your options for the summer. You will find more programs and activities in this amazing Summer Activities resource put together by the lovely people at Making Connections.

Preschoolers (Ages birth – 5)

UCP of Huntsville

View Website | Location | 256-852-5600

  • Summer Butterflies (Wednesdays & Thursdays/ June 3 – July 30/9 – 11 am/$40) – UCP is offering the Summer Butterflies Preschool Playgroup for children 2 ½-4 years old at the UCP Therapy Center on Keats Drive. The group will work on skills like increasing communication, following directions, building social skills, and more.
  • Mighty Mondays (Mondays/June 8 – July 27/10 – 11 am) – Free Mighty Monday classes allow children 18 months to 3 years and their parents a chance to bond while exposing them to new and exciting opportunities. Class sizes are limited; class dates are June 8, June 22, July 13, and July 27.

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Collaborations Child Development Center

View Website | Location | 256-772-4400
For children 3-5, Collaborations is offering the Aesop’s Fables summer camp June 1 – July 31.


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Camp Merrimack

View Website | Location | 256-534-6455
Merrimack Hall is offering a half-day performing arts camp for children with special needs. These camps include music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. Classes are limited to 15 children per age group and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The 3-7 year old age group runs 9 am to noon July 14 – 18. Tuition is minimal.

Elementary School Level (Ages 5-12)

UCP of Huntsville

View Website | Location | 256-852-5600
Fantastic Fridays (Fridays/June 5 – July 24/9 am – noon) – For children 5-10 years old, Fantastic Fridays are classes at the UCP Therapy Center that focus on gross and fine motor skills, sensory opportunities, arts and crafts, and more. Class dates are June 5, June 26, July 10, and July 24 from 9 am to noon. Classes are $25 per day; class size is limited. Call 256.852.5600 for more information and registration.

Collaborations Child Development Center

View Website | Location | 256-772-4400
Collaborations is offering Outdoor Adventures summer camp for ages 6-8 and Fit 4 Eight summer camp for ages 9-12. Camps run June 1 – July 31.

Camp Merrimack (3-7 and 8-12)

View Website | Location | 256-534-6455
Merrimack Hall is offering a half-day performing arts camp for children with special needs. These camps include music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. Classes are limited to 15 children per age group and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The 8-12 year old age group runs 1 pm to 4 pm July 14 – 18. Tuition is minimal. F


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The Riley Center

View Website | Location | 256-882-2457
The Riley Center is offering two summer programs for children age 5 to 15. Sessions run 8 am to 12 pm Monday through Thursday, June 1 – 25 and July 6 -24. The Summer Enrichment Program (tuition $1125 per month; $2250 for both months) is aimed at children with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS who needs academic and social communication skill instruction. Summer Intensive I Class Program (tuition $1300 per month; $2600 for both months) is for children who need individualized instruction. This program includes intensive language training and behavior intervention through ABA therapy, small group time, and social skills training.
Read our Riley Center School Spotlight HERE.

Ability Plus

View Website | Location | 256-479-5672
A+ Academy Summer Camp (daily/May 26 – July 31/7.30 am – 2.30 pm/Extended Day – 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm/$150 weekly plus Extended Day for $50) – Ability Plus offers this daily summer camp for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ADHD, autism, Asperger’s, PDD, and more. The main session runs 7.30 am to 2.30 pm with an extended day option for those families who need it. Half-day rates are also available. Contact Schantee Sales for more information via schantee.sales@ability-plus.org.

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Cardinal School

View Website | Location | 256-772-4400
The Cardinal School is offering a half-day Academic Summer Camp for children kindergarten through high school. The program will incorporate reading, math, science, and social studies and feature arts and crafts, on-campus field trips, and water play. Daily/June 1 – July 31/8 am – noon; email rachael@cardinalschool.us for more information.

Junior High & High School Level (Ages 13-18)

The Riley Center

View Website | Location | 256-882-2457
The Riley Center is offering a Pre-Vocational Program for children ages 12 – 18. Students receive ABA therapy, small group time, and community/pre-vocational training through field trips and outings. Instruction is individualized. The program is Monday – Thursday and runs June 1-25 and July 6-24. Tuition is $1300 per month or $2600 for both sessions.
Read our Riley Center School Spotlight HERE.


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Ability Plus

View Website | Location | 256-479-5672
A+ Academy Summer Camp (daily/May 26 – July 31/7.30 am – 2.30 pm/Extended Day – 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm/$150 weekly plus Extended Day for $50) – Ability Plus offers this daily summer camp for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ADHD, autism, Asperger’s, PDD, and more. The main session runs 7.30 am to 2.30 pm with an extended day option for those families who need it. Half-day rates are also available. Contact Schantee Sales for more information via schantee.sales@ability-plus.org.

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Cardinal School

View Website | Location | 256-772-4400
The Cardinal School is offering a half-day Academic Summer Camp for children kindergarten through high school. The program will incorporate reading, math, science, and social studies and feature arts and crafts, on-campus field trips, and water play. Daily/June 1 – July 31/8 am – noon. Email rachael@cardinalschool.us for more information.