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Eyeing a Unique Camp for My Daughter

The Inside Track blog post by Lyn Pollard
Apr 10, 2017

Young girl with a camp counselor working on a crafts project outdoors with other groups working in the background

Raising a child who learns differently can make you approach the world differently. That’s certainly true for me.

My daughter is 9 and has dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and ADHD. For the first time, I’m sending her to a summer camp for kids with learning and attention issues. That’s not something I ever planned to do when she was younger. But I’m hoping it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while.

To me, a good summer camp is part of a good summer. I want my daughter’s camp experience to be rewarding and memorable. I want it to help her develop socially and create friendships that last long past the end of summer.

I also want camp to be a place where she can learn something about herself that she can’t learn at home. But maybe most important, I want summer camp to help her untangle the knot she feels wrapped around her brain after nine months of school.

My daughter does not love school. In fact, most days she doesn’t even like it. She has good accommodations, special services and supportive teachers (for the most part). However, she still struggles. After a full day of school, she’s exhausted. And that’s before she goes for another hour or so of tutoring.

It’s also hard being different. Out of the hundreds of kids at my daughter’s school, she only knows of a handful identified as having learning disabilities like her. In a sea of faces, she can sometimes feel alone with her struggles.

So when we started looking at summer plans, we looked for a camp specifically for kids with learning and attention issues. That’s when I found out about Camp Eye to Eye.

At Camp Eye to Eye, all the campers have learning and attention issues. That’s right—all of them. Even more amazing: All the counselors are college students with ADHD, dyslexia or other learning issues. It’s a unique opportunity for my daughter to learn from successful young adults.

Also appealing is that the camp uses art projects to help the kids learn about themselves in a relaxed environment. Plus, there are all kinds of outdoor activities like swimming and a ropes course. That “fun” element will be a nice change from the regular school year.

When my daughter and I spoke about Camp Eye to Eye, she was excited. She knows about the mentor program run by Eye to Eye, a founding partner of Understood. It’s probably the biggest reasons she’s excited about camp. She wants to meet the counselors, who have all been Eye to Eye mentors.

My daughter has never been to a camp for kids with learning and attention issues before. But she’s seen enough to know that camp will include art, fun and amazing mentors.

Most of all, she’s excited about the freedom to be who she is—without the worry that her differences will make her feel different.

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Portrait of Lyn Pollard

Lyn Pollard is a writer and mom to two kids who learn differently.

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