2020 Summer Programs

To help your children stay busy this summer, this inclusive list can help you find just the right summer program inside or outside your home!

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This list was compiled in collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP), University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD), the Regional Autism Advisory Council of Southwest Ohio (RAAC), and many other contributing organizations. 

Please note this list is not an exhaustive list nor is it an endorsement of any group, program, or organization.  Please follow up with the organization for program availability, accessibility, details about the cost, safety and health measures, and other questions.

Abilities First 

Please call Bettie Rountree at (513) 423- 9496 if you would like information or an application; she will answer questions, send an application and get back to you with clarifications as needed.

Application deadline June 30, 2020

Contact: Bettie Rountree 

Tele: (513) 423-9496 ext. 251 

Website: www.abilitiesfirst.org 

Big Blue Canopy Incredible Social Squad

Age Range: 4-7 years old

Program Type: This small group is run by Occupational and Speech Therapists, and allows children to navigate social situations in a safe, fun environment. Each week’s session we will focus on the development of social-cognitive skills (such as conversation, perspective taking and peer negotiation) using Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation concepts. This program will include social communication and sensory motor activities in the sensory gym. Please note that this group is held in-person and limited to four children.

Dates: Fridays, July 7th to July 31st.  10 – 11am

Cost: $40/session

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: [email protected] or call (513)880-6800

Click here to fill out a short registration form



Age Range: 5 years old- 17 years old

Program Type: Offering both on-site and virtual sessions. In-person gatherings will be limited to ten people, and program staff will clean and sanitize daily. 

Dates: June 8th – July 31st

Morning and afternoon sessions available

Cost: Services are provided through insurance

For more Information contact: James Lindsey Tele: 937-247-2400 and

e-mail: [email protected]

Register at www.iamboundless.org/jumpstart   

The Center for Applied Drama and Autism 

Age range: youth, teens, and adults

Program: 1 week or 10 week Virtual Drama Classes and Summer Classes

Click Here to See Flyer

Website: http://www.centerforada.org/ 

The Center for Courageous Kids

Virtual weekly camps which are diagnosis-specific

Website: www.courageouskids.org   

Tele: 270.618.2900

The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Heidt Center of Excellence

Website: www.thechildrenshomecinti.org

Tele: 513.272.2800

Camp-I-Can An all-inclusive 10-week camp for ages 4-12 developing youth leadership with weekly camp field trips and traditional camp activities.

Ready Set Work! A 4-week summer career and community exploration program for high schoolers with ASD and other related disorders.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC)

CRC is opening some summer day camps with inclusion support. Our Therapeutic Recreation Summer Day Camp will also be opening with smaller numbers due to the ratio. 

CRC has received permission to open summer day camps and pools under new safety guidelines. Starting June 8th, CRC will offer summer day camps (Camp CRC) at 17 locations. Of the 17 sites, 10 are ODJFS licensed sites.  In accordance with Governor DeWine’s mandated practices, we will operate at a ratio of 1:9 (1 staff to 9 participants) and maintain separate classroom environments for each age group. 

To ensure CRC is following these ratio guidelines, the capacity at Camps CRC has been significantly reduced. As a result, some families who pre-registered their children to attend Camp CRC may no longer be guaranteed participation. Over the next few days, CRC will conduct a lottery for each location whose enrollment exceeds capacity – Dunham, Oakley, Clifton and Mt. Washington. The lottery process will be totally randomized, only accessible to CRC Main Office staff and will ensure siblings are kept together.

Tele: 513.352.4000

Website: www.cincyrec.org

DDBP and Microsoft Virtual Summer Program  

Age Range: 6 years old and older

Program Type: Virtual Series – four sessions

Smithsonian Hall of Fossils Tour (Ages 6+)

Friday, June 12 at 12:00PM EST

Minecraft Build Challenge (Ages 6+)

Friday, June 26 at 12:00PM EST

Smithsonian National Zoo Tour (Ages 6+)

Friday, July 10 at 12:00PM EST

Hour of Code – Minecraft (Ages 8+)

Friday, July 24 at 12:00PM EST

Cost: FREE

Registration and More Information: [email protected] 

Easterseals Summer Work and Grow Program

Age Range: 16 -24 years old and 25 years old and older

Program Type: In-Person 

3-week sessions (June 15th – July 2nd and July 13th – July 31st)

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Drop-offs begin at 8:30 am and Pick-up by 3:30 pm

Registration and more information contact: Cindy Aardema, Community & Family Engagement Coordinator

Tele: 513-827-1088

e-mail:[email protected] 

The Help Group

During these online summer camps, neurodiverse 6-21 year olds with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs will be provided a safe and enriching atmosphere to engage, experience, and explore. With three offerings to choose from, each camper is matched to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Campers will participate in a wide range of fun activities, such as social skills, fun & fitness, engaging games, science experiments, arts & crafts, and so much more! Siblings are welcome.

For more detailed information, visit each camp’s page:

Camp Sunshine

Village Glen

STEM3 Academy 

Website: www.kidslikemela.org/camps/

Keys to Success Music Therapy 

All sessions are done virtually (Zoom)

Summer Explorer

Age Range: 10 months- 4 years old

Monday 10:00 am -10:30 am, plus supplemental recorded videos

Cost: $100 (10 classes)

Creative Expressions: Music and Language Enrichment – learn Spanish and/or American Sign Language (ASL)

Age Range: 5 -10

Tuesday 10:30 am  – 11:15 am Spanish

Thursday 10:30 am – 11:15 am American Sign Language (ASL)

Session 1: June 1 – July 10th

Session 2: July 12 – August 21st

Cost: $65 (6 classes)

Songbird: A Song Writing Camp for All Abilities

Age Range: 13+

Monday and Thursday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Session 1: June 1 – July 10th

Session 2: July 12 – August 21st

Cost: $150 (12 classes)

Summertime Jam: General Music Group

Age Range: Pre-teen- Adult

Pre-teen/Teen: Tuesday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Young Adult / Adult: Tuesday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Cost: $150 (10 classes)

Registration and more Information: www.keysmusictherapy.com/register 

Stepping Stones  

All day camps are FULL

Overnight Staycations are open to registration 

Age Range: 16 +

Location: Camp Allyn – 1414 Lake Allyn Road, Batavia, OH 45103)

Dates: June 28th – August 16th (6-day sessions)

Participants check in on Sundays and check out on Fridays.

Cost: $850 per session

Program Includes:

  • Highly Trained Staff
  • On-Site Licensed or Med-Certified Nurses
  • 5 Accessible Sleeping Lodges
  • Small Group Ratios (No 1:1s available)
  • Accessible Hiking Trails
  • Archery Range
  • Two Lakes for Fishing & Boating Activities
  • Commercial Kitchen Professionally Staffed & Equipped to Accommodate Special Diets

More Information: To learn more about Overnight Staycations, click here

To find out more about these programs contact: [email protected] 

Age range: 11-14

Program Type: (Virtual) AIM is a behavior analytic curriculum for social-emotional development in children. It blends best practice in behavior analysis, mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to teach practical solutions for meeting life’s challenges with flexible thinking.

Date: June 15th – July 22nd

• Student Sessions: Monday & Wednesdays from 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

• Parent/Caregiver Session: Wednesdays from 3:45-4:15 PM (immediately following student session)

Cost: $500 total for both student and parent/caregiver


Age range: 16-18

Program Type: Virtual Social Skills Program  PEERS® is an evidence

based, parent/caregiver assisted social skills intervention for high school

students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social communication needs.  90 minute, 12 week clinic.  Click the link above to learn more.  

Date: Tuesdays, May 26th- August 11th

6:30 PM 8:00 PM (2 separate simultaneous sessions, one for teens and one for parents/caregivers)

Cost: $900 total for both teen and parent/caregiver

Elite Kids Therapy, formally known as Cincinnati Therapy Connections, wants to provide you with the resources and support you need to stay connected, active, and well during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. These summer programs provide your child with inclusive opportunities to stay busy inside or outside your home. Similarly, Elite Kids Therapy offers quality speech therapy and occupational therapy by our qualified therapists in your home, online, or one on one in our Mason office. As an Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarship provider these services can be free to you!

Please Reach Out To Learn More!

Email: [email protected]

Call: 513-444-0770