1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, 7052
- Special Needs
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Harbor Haven Day Camp is a fun way to spend the summer while bridging the learning gap between school years for children with mild special needs. “Harbor Haven isn’t just a ‘camp,’” says Robyn Tanne, director and co-founder. “It’s truly a hybrid of dynamic, fun camp activities, with math and reading reinforcement, social skills, language/communication and sensory motor development. All in one place, we can tend to the total summer needs of our attendees.” Building skills and confidence and making friends are part of Harbor Haven’s mission. Harbor Haven launched in1997 to focus on kids with ADHD, high-functioning autism, and communication, sensory motor and learning challenges. Seven weeks of camp are open to ages 3-15 with unique programs for 16- to 18-year-olds. There’s a two-week minimum, and as a special reverse inclusion feature, non-IEP siblings of campers can attend for 1 week at no cost.
Transportation is provided in most cases. Harbor Haven operated safely and successfully for 5 COVID-free weeks in 2020 by following strict protocols outlined in its operations guide.
“We celebrate the whole child and support our campers in achieving their social, emotional, educational and motor goals,” Tanne says. “Our staff consists of many types of children’s professionals, plus college and graduate students in education and therapeutic fields. Together we create an atmosphere summer after summer that is motivating and joyous.” Activities include sports, swimming, creative and performing arts, technology, bikes, tennis, karate, gymnastics, nature/science, gaga, special events and more. “We’re extremely proud of the comprehensive nature of our program,” Tanne says.
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