A community resource for pediatric stroke survivors and their families

Camp Bennett could use your help!

We need:

  • DONATIONS (to be used for scholarships)
  • THERAPY EQUIPMENT (wish list to be posted soon)
  • TOYS, GAMES AND SUPPLIES (wish list to be posted soon)
  • VOLUNTEERS!

Let us tell you a little more about Camp Bennett:

Camp Bennett is a three-week summer camp, designed as an intensive, therapeutic, play-based group dynamic serving children ages 3 through 8 who have had strokes and subsequent hemiplegia (partial paralysis of one side of the body). The camp providers include: a camp manager (and creator – who is also a mother of a child with hemiplegia), a special education teacher, a licensed occupational therapist and a licensed physical therapist, and a social worker. Others who will be providing services on a limited basis will include an aquatic therapist, music teachers, an adaptive yoga instructor,  a licensed orthotist, and pet therapy.

Camp Bennett uses a Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) technique in which the unaffected upper limb is casted to prevent use leaving the affected/weak limb to be forced to work. This is the second year we are holding this camp. Last year every child demonstrated improvement and most had “significant improvement” in their ability to functionally use their weak limb. Our primary goal is to provide camp to as many children as possible as we passionately believe in this approach to treating childhood hemiplegia and to this end we have cut the cost of the camp down to be able to pay for supplies and staff working hours only. We are seeking donated supplies, work space, camp space, and whatever else we can get our hands on to keep costs down for families.

You can make a donation through Facebook’s Causes: http://www.causes.com/causes/481381 (Our non-profit fiscal sponsor is Talking Eyes Media, but all of your donations will go to support Camp Bennett.)

Please let me know if you can help in any way… many thanks!

Audrey Vernick

Founder and Director, Camp Bennett

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