We know that our community members are always looking for opportunities to connect with other AAC users and their families. AAC camp is a great chance for AAC users to get meet their peers, make connections and feel what it’s like to be in an environment that’s totally AAC-friendly.
All of the camps listed are in the United States. We weren’t able to find AAC camps in other countries for this summer. Do you know of one happening this summer or next year? Let us know, and we’ll add it to the list!
Location: Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Dates: June 21-24, July 19-22, August 23-26
Their professionally trained counselors work directly with two to three campers on social comfort to instill social confidence, increase communication, and facilitate learning of coping skills using S-CAT® based strategies using each camper’s individual baseline for social communication. Through these strategies and by removing the expectation for speech and respecting each camper’s baseline, their campers see and hear themselves communicating confidently in a peer-group school setting which translates to their school environment when they get home.
Location: Holyoke, Massachusetts
Dates: July 8- August 8, Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm
Cost: $2,100, adult support to be provided if needed
- Horseback riding
- Nature walks... and more!
Location: Elm Grove, Wisconsin
Dates: June 20-23
Cost: Free for child accompanied by 1 parent. (Additional siblings and parents can attend for $200 each)
Chatter Matters is a camp that is run by graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, under the supervision of a certified speech language pathologist. It is a family camp that is dedicated to improving the communication skills of AAC users and their families through a combination of parent education, play-based opportunities structured to facilitate use of AAC, and regular camp activities (e.g., beach, boat rides, canoes, etc.). The camp is also dedicated to educating future SLPs about working with AAC users and their families.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dates: June 24-28
ICAN™ Talk Clinic is offering a mini-camp this summer for campers as an intensive language and literacy experience. No more than 20 campers will be accepted and will be matched with clinicians and volunteers for fun and exciting individual and group activities. Over 3 days at the Crowne Plaza South and in the Pittsburgh community, campers will build language, literacy and overall confidence using their AAC systems.
Location: Summerfield, North Carolina
Dates: July 8-12, July 15-19
Cost: $150 per week
The camps are split by age group and ability to maximize the fun and learning potential of each camper. The camp theme this year is “Discover!” for the week of July 8-12 and “Celebrate!” for the week of July 15-19. They plan to take an additional 5 kids per session again this summer and adapt to the sensory needs of their campers with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD).
Location: Empire, Colorado
Dates: July 21-26
Young people using an augmentative communication system get individual and group instruction. They learn new vocabulary, new strategies for implementing that vocabulary and new ideas about what they can say. Lifelong friendships grow with their cabin mates and camp counselors.
Location: Moorestown, New Jersey
Dates: No info yet for 2018, but was in July in 2018
The AAC STEM Camp is for children who use speech generating systems to communicate. This camp is designed to stimulate the child's interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) while cultivating relationships with others and advance their abilities.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: July 8-12, 8:30 am to 2 pm
All campers are paired with a trained one-on-one camp counselor for the week. All camp activities are adapted for AAC users. The camp is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) activities for campers. There are sessions with music, speech, and physical & occupational therapists throughout the week. Campers will grow self-confidence, make new friends, and most importantly – have fun!
Location: Headingley, Manitoba, Canada
Dates: July 24, 25, & 26
Camp yAAC is coordinated by a community based committee committed to increasing the success of children using speech generating devices to communicate. Spearheaded by the Open Access Resource Centre and in partnership with funders, they are all very excited to offer your child a camp experience with a special focus on using their speech generating device.
Location: Rome, Maine
Dates: August 20-24
Camp Communicate is geared towards children aged 8 to 20. A parent or caregiver comes with the camper to care for them during down times and at night time. During the day the camper is placed in a small group of approximately four or five other campers and a one-on-one communication facilitator. They then are involved in typical recreational camp activities using their devices, and also have low-tech communication for boats or while swimming. While the campers are engaged in their activities ,there are workshops or rest activities for the parent/caregiver. The whole group comes together at meal times and nighttime activities.
Location: Devon, Pennsylvania
Dates: August 5-9
Activities at Camp InterAACtion include:
- sensory activities
- communication games
- cooking/meal prep
- social groups arts & crafts
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dates: August 11-17
Cost: $762-$1,536, depending on care required for the camper
Camp ALEC provides campers with a life changing literacy experience. Campers participate in fun and motivating reading and writing activities in 1:1 and small group settings. They leave camp with an informational report which describes their unique skills and recommended interventions that can be implemented when they return to school in the fall.
Location: Lexington, Massachusetts
Dates: August 12-16
Cost: $399 (Limited scholarships available)
Talk2U is an opportunity for tweens and teens to work together, build friendships, and have fun through community and recreation.
Talk2U helps students develop skills in the following areas:
- taking initiative
- interpersonal communication
- personal empowerment
Location: Oakhurst, New Jersey
Dates: August 18-24
Cost: Varies depending on support needed
Camp Chatterbox is a one-week overnight camp for children and young adults ages 5-22 who use AAC devices. All campers participate in a range of social, recreational, and educational activities to promote use of their communication systems and interact with other children. Activities facilitate AAC device use throughout the day, and help build expressive language and critical thinking skills in a fun and functional environment. In addition, recreational activities include swimming, nature exploration, art, and sports. Each evening, campers, siblings, parents, and staff gather for activities such as campfires, dances, and a camp talent show.
Location: Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada
Dates: August 23-25
Cost: Not listed
The University of Alberta in partnership with March of Dimes Canada (MODC), is excited to offer an annual weekend family camp for children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Camp. This camp provides:
- Opportunities for children using AAC devices to communicate and build friendships with each other.
- A camp experience for children with disabilities, with a focus on social communication.
- Training and networking opportunities for parents and siblings of campers.
As part of the camp experience, campers and their families participate in activities such as arts and crafts, music, campfires, and outdoor activities. Each camper is supported by a student counsellor from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. These counsellors are supervised by experienced professionals in speech-language pathology, occupational therapy. assistive technology, or physical therapy.