How do I know if Harbor Haven is the right summer program for my child?
First, spend some time talking to the director about your child’s issues and the expectations you have for a summer program. During this discussion, you will learn about the children who do attend Harbor Haven and you will compare your child’s school placement to the program. Next, you will set up a time for the director to meet your child. IEP’s and supportive reports about your child may be reviewed by the director to determine if the placement is a good match. At Harbor Haven, we want the fit to be right for each child.
Will a director give an honest assessment of whether they feel Harbor Haven is right for my child?
Absolutely. We want parents and children to be happy. Harbor Haven works well for children who are on the mild to moderate end of the special education spectrum. Most of the children attending our program have been diagnosed with attention deficit issues, autism spectrum disorder, mild PDD or have learning, speech or social delays.
I’ve heard that Harbor Haven has a “reverse inclusion” model. What does this mean and how does it benefit my child?
Many children have not met with success in “typical programs” for a variety of reasons. A child’s summer program should be stress-free, successful, and fun but should also build skills and prevent regression. Your child should be able to develop friendships there. Harbor Haven offers much of the same programming as typical summer programs, while providing so much more. We add academic reinforcement, social skills training and facilitation, language and communication groups as well as sensory motor groups. Individual speech and occupational therapies are available. Our skilled staff members are both nurturing and structured.
In the summer of 2013 Harbor Haven launched what is now a highly acclaimed and successful reverse inclusion program. By allowing the typical siblings of our HH special needs campers to attend at no cost for a week, offering reduced rates for additional weeks and placing them in groups that are age appropriate for them, we created a win-win situation. These attendees had a great time while making HH more cost effective for the family AND MOST IMPORTANTLY became peers, friends and role models for our children with special needs. This program has expanded and is now providing even more opportunities for typical peers to attend.
How many children are in a group?
All groups maintain a high staff to child ratio with small groups of 12 or less. Children with special needs generally do better in smaller groups with more staff to attend to their needs.
Are there any scholarships available?
A scholarship fund has been created through our partnership with the American Camp Association 501(c)(3) which helps families who are unable to afford the cost of camp tuition & assists returning Harbor Haven families that experience financial emergencies. Please call Harbor Haven for more information. Additionally, check with your school district to see if any funding is available for a summer program. Some local agencies have funds available for summer programming for special needs children: Lion’s Club, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Pythias, and Shriner’s. Agencies such as Catholic Charities and family help based organizations may also have funds available.
How are the groups determined?
Groups are determined by the directors after meeting and/or observing your child. Your child will be grouped with other children that are of a similar age and with similar needs. In most cases, groups are all boys or all girls, in keeping with the traditional summer program model.
Does insurance cover Harbor Haven?
Some of the therapeutic portions of the Harbor Haven program may be covered by insurance. Check with your individual provider. For those portions we can provide a codified bill, once your balance is paid.