Specialized Recreation

  • Experiential Learning, Social Skills Development and Summer Fun

    Our programs are designed especially to support students, ages 7–21, with high functioning autism, speech-language disorders, developmental disabilities, learning differences or social-emotional challenges. Specialized Recreation offers low participant-to-staff ratio, experienced staff, ongoing behavior support, structured daily programming, engaging, multisensory activities and real-world learning.

    Specialized Recreation is based on The Three “E”s:

    • Experiencing hands on activities engages participants at a personal level by recognizing and addressing their unique needs, wants and interests. Experiential learning allows participants to retain skills for longer periods of time.
    • Empowering participants to be more independent in safe, supportive environments allows them to self-advocate and practice critical daily living skills.
    • Encouraging healthy relationships allows participants to practice social skills within the context of small group, age-appropriate recreational activities. 

    Specialized Recreation has an independent admissions process and all applicant placements are based on fit. Children and adults with special needs from the community and The Vanguard School are encouraged to apply. Our team assesses each applicant thoroughly to determine appropriate placement. Some applicants may require behavioral and/or emotional support beyond the scope of our program format. We offer a 3:1 participant-to-staff ratio; additional support in the form of 1:1 participant-to-staff support may be available on a limited basis at an added cost to families. Specialized Recreation reserves the right to cancel registration at our discretion.

Specialized Recreation Programs

 VFES @ Camp Kweebec (Day & Overnight Camp)

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VFES @ Camp Kweebec (Day & Overnight Camp)

Our day and overnight camps offer traditional camp activities such as fishing, canoeing, zip lining, crafs and nature study during week-long sessions on a 200-acre wooded camp property in Schwenksville, PA.

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 Travel Excursions

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Travel Excursions

Travel Excursions offer students the opportunity to gain independence, build relationships with each other and take risks in a supportive environment. These weekend and week-long travel trips also offer respite to care givers. 

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