Parents must do homework on residential camps

11/20/2008 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Before sending children with special needs to one of the many new residential camps designed for them, parents should do their research, says the mother of girl with mental disabilities who was assaulted by another camper with special needs. Experts agree: "Obtain as much information about the program as you can," said New York University assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry Karen Fleiss, who co-directs the university's Summer Program for Kids. "Visit the camp while it is in session and meet with the director personally to speak about your child."

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