Kids With Disabilities Experience Summer Camp Thrill

It’s summer break, a time when many school-aged children are preparing to get away to summer camps. For South Bay families of children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord Injuries and other muscle diseases, it can be a difficult to find safe and affordable local activities.

Recognizing that need, the California Children Services’ Chula Vista Medical Therapy Unit offered a “camp” experience to children with disabilities last week. This therapy unit is a San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency facility that provides free physical and occupational therapy to more than 300 children ranging in age from newborns to 21 years old.

The children served there have conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and spinal cord injuries. The therapy unit is located in space provided by the Chula Vista Elementary School District at the Greg Roger Elementary School.

Last week, children participated in different camping stations to earn merit badges. Activities included modified versions of tricycle races, fishing, inner tubing, archery, s’mores-making, crafts and more. The physical and occupational therapists adapted each activity so children of various disability levels can participate.

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