It’s almost that time of year (dare we say…Summer!) Start planning your child’s summer camp experience now. Have a hard time looking for camps in the Colorado area? We’ve got you covered. We’ve included summer camps for Gifted, LD/ADHD children as well as general summer camps that include science, nature, or the arts. (Please be aware that we do not endorse these camps but rather provide a list based on our online research. If you have any experience good or bad to share regarding camps on our list, let us know at )

Useful tips to get you started:

  • Include your child in the process; their “buy in” is essential, ensuring you both get the most benefit out of the program you select.
  • There are many quality summer programs with excellent instruction and facilities, so narrow down your options to a few and then explore as much as you can about each one.

 Mad Science of Colorado

Ages 6-11.  Mad Science camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery, outdoor games, physical activities and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented! From biology, forensics and astronomy to chemistry, physics, engineering and more, elementary-aged campers are invited to explore a wide range of exciting concepts with Mad Science! Save 15% with coupon code DPCAMP18 at the time of registration!

Date info: Camps are hosted Monday-Friday with both half-day (9:00AM-12:00PM) or full-day (9:00AM-4:00PM) options. Please visit our website for a list of dates by location.

Cost info: $199 half-day, $289 full-day, $319 Robotics


 PG Retreats

PG Retreat is a community of families with profoundly gifted children and teens with measured IQ above 145. Although every child is unique and beautiful in his or her own way, profoundly gifted children often have a difficult time finding true peers within their day-to-day communities. PG Retreat helps to form connections and friendships, and to share resources and experience.  PGR brings children and teenagers together for shared connections and community.


 JA Business Week

Open to students in grades 9-12. Forget everything you think you know about summer camp. JA Business Week, presented by Arrow Electronics, Inc., is like nothing you’ve experienced before. It’s a knowledge-building, confidence-boosting, network-growing, college-application standout of a summer experience. And if you aren’t convinced quite yet, you should know that you’ll stay in the dorms on the beautiful campus of Johnson & Wales University in Denver, giving you sneak peek into college life. Unlike any camp, this unique program allows you to explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside more than 120 of Denver’s most dynamic and accomplished business leaders. In addition to interactive workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the week culminates in a competition rivaled only by “Shark Tank.” Students attending for the first time will work on designing a new cell phone case and marketing plan for OtterBox, an electronics accessory company headquartered in Fort Collins. Returning students will work as consultants for Arrow Electronics. Students returning for the third or fourth time will dive deeply into what it takes to start their own business right now, with the guidance of three young entrepreneurs who figured it all out on their own.

Specialty: JA Business Week is a unique program that allows students to explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside Denver’s most dynamic and accomplished business leaders.

Cost info: The cost to attend JA Business Week is $550. Tuition assistance is available.


University of Northern Colorado Summer Enrichment Program for GT students

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

SEP is a two-week residential program at the University of Northern Colorado consisting of high-interest, hands-on, brains-on courses for gifted, talented, and creative students entering grades 5 through 10.

Courses are developed by specialists in gifted education and/or in specialized content areas as part of the university’s Center for the Education and Study of Gifted, Talented, Creative Learners.

Curriculum is developed and differentiated according to basic principles of gifted education, providing a unique opportunity for enrichment not ordinarily possible in regular classrooms.

Visit their website at:

Enrichment Corner CSM Summer Program & Camp Neuro/Camp Cardiac:

Wings Aerospace Academy Charter: Parent Information Nights:

For Parents/Adults

Gifted Development Center Presents Gifted Women Symposium June 2, 2018

For Teachers

Gifted Education Summer Symposium: Underrepresented Populations June 28-29, 2018

For an extensive list of interesting summer camps check out the Jefferson County Association of Gifted and Talented website’s Summer Programs 2018 JAGC

Missoula Children’s Theatre Tour

The primary goal of MCT – indeed, the organization’s mission – is the development of lifeskills in children through participation in the performing arts. Within each MCT cast, girls and boys are equal; the disabled become able; the shy experiment with bravery; the slow are rehearsed to perfection; and the gifted become part of the whole. The lesson they learn is that all of them are necessary for the show to go on. Few arenas exist where responsibility is taught and learned so clearly. MCT provides a unique opportunity to learn the lessons of group dynamics while excelling as an individual – a lesson from art that carries into life. MCT strives to use participation in the performing arts as a vehicle to develop lifeskills including social skills, communication skills, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, an understanding of the team concept and self-esteem.

Visit their website at:

What is a tour residency week?

A tour team arrives in a given town in their “little red truck” loaded with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play…except the cast. The team holds an open audition and casts 50-60 local students to perform in the production. The show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented at the end of the week.

Colorado Tour Cities and Dates:


Questions you may want answered before registering:

  • How will your child’s disability be accommodated?
  • What other types of disabilities are represented at the camp?
  • How many campers attend, and what is the staff-to-camper ratio?
  • What are the ages of counselors, and what training do they have?
  • Who dispenses ADHD medication? When and where? Are their doctors on staff?
  • How do camp counselors handle discipline?
  • Is academic tutoring available? Is it individualized?
  • Do counselors set goals for campers? How is progress tracked and rewarded?

The Learning Camp
The Learning Camp is specifically for kids with learning disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, and other LD challenges. The program provides traditional summer camp adventures for boys and girls ages 7 to 14 combined with carefully designed academic programs. Their mission is helping kids with learning disabilities build self-esteem, independence, and academic success.
Phone: 970-524-2706
Location: Vail, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Village

Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Colorado is regarded as one of the top Easterseals camps in the country. Rocky Mountain Village is fully accessible and used by more than 800 children and adults with disabilities during the summer camp sessions. Campers enjoy swimming, fishing, overnight camping, outdoor cooking, travel camp, day trips, arts & crafts, sports and recreation, hiking, dances, music & drama, horse-back riding, and riding the zip-line.


For more information, contact camp at or by phone at 303-569-2333.

Super Star Summer Camp 2018

We are very excited to invite you to be a part of our supportive community and join us for our 4th year of our life-changing, confidence-building, literacy camp. We are offering a program created specifically to build and improve skills in reading and spelling, with additional support in writing and math. This camp is designed for students entering 1st – 9th grade who are identified with dyslexia or who otherwise struggle with reading, spelling, writing and math.

Dates: June 11th – July 13th, 2018 – Southeast Denver

Location: 1091 S. Parker Road   (Galilee Baptist Church)

Dates: June 18th – July 20th, 2018 – Lakewood/Littleton

Location: 3898 South Teller Street  (Denver Christian School)

(This location will feature options for will full and half day  camp so that all of you children can enjoy camp at the same location)

Session Times: 8:15am -11:30am or 9:15am -12:30am

​* We meet with each child individually pre-camp to determine grouping.


Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Camps

Summer adventure camps with the BOEC bring children with disabilities and special needs into the outdoors to inspire self-awareness and self-confidence.  The BOEC believes in safe, dynamic and invigorating activities that are in harmony with the natural world.  We adapt our programs to accommodate many ability levels and emphasize care and compassion on all of our adventures.  Activities include ropes courses, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing, handcycling, camping, fishing and many others.  Campers stay in our beautiful Griffith Lodge high above Breckenridge.


GENERAL; Science, Nature, Arts & Theater

University of Colorado Science Discovery

Science Discovery offers a wide variety of classes for ages 4-16. Math, science and technology are taught with hands-on activities that are fun and informative. Their enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced teachers utilize university and community resources to produce a stimulating environment, both indoors and out, and a variety of field experiences. New classes are offered each summer.


South Platte Park Summer Nature Programs

Discover how much fun nature can be by playing in the forests and ponds. Naturalists guide activities and nature games, provide a safe atmosphere and spark curiosity.

Description: Nature camp experiences at South Platte Park include goldpanning, crawdad catching, insect sweeping, pioneer princess adventures, geocaching, wildlife watching, Jr. Rangers, Kids Nature Clubhouse and much more.

Dates/days/times vary depending on the program.

Cost info: Camps vary from $9 – $235 depending on choice



Space Voyage Summer Camp

Located in Lakewood Colorado, Space Voyage programs bring to life the importance of math and science, reinforces concepts identified in academic content standards, build confidence through genuine achievement and offer a fun place for kids to imagine the possibilities, learn and grow.


2018 Brochure:

Denver Botanic Gardens

The Gardens has camps for kids only that are full of garden explorations, games, activities, cooking and plants to take home. Grow your mind, plant a new friend and dig into nature with week-long camps at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms.

Date info: Garden Camps: March 26-30, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29 Farm Camps: June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29

Cost info: $270 non-member, $250 member


Arts HUB Camp

The Arts Hub runs art related camps in the spring and a variety of high quality theater, dance, art and film camps in the summer. Our new 12,000 square foot facility includes art and dance studios and a full, professional 200-seat theater.

Date info: March 26-29; June 5-Aug 31. 9 to noon or 9 am to 4 pm, plus before and after camp care options.

Cost info: $35-$395


Chess Camp (24th Annual)

June and July camps where students learn chess logical-thinking and strategic-planning. All ages and abilities…multiple sections. 24th Annual Denver Rocky Mountain Chess Camps. Learn scorekeeping, etiquette, tournament preparation, logical-thinking and strategic planning. Workshops, tournaments. Full and half-day options, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Multiple dates. See website.


Cookies & Cursive: Penmanship for Youth

Ages 8-12. Give your child the “write” advantage in school and life with traditional and expert cursive instruction. Discover the joys of cursive and quality penmanship through our fun and personalized program.

Date info: Camps are in 2-week blocks

Cost info: $225 for tuition and materials per 2-week camp


2018 Youth Journalism Day

This is a one-day, intense and fun learning experience for kids ages 8 to 14. Here’s a great chance for budding journalists, writers and photographers to spend the day with professionals learning about: What makes a good story Getting ready for an interview Asking good questions Writing & photography tips Campers will work to produce a special Colorado Kids issue to be published July 31st.



AeroCamp is a weeklong summer day program for middle school students age 13-15. AeroCampers learn about airplanes, flight, and careers in aviation and aerospace through hands-on activities and learning experiences.

Specialty: Aviation and Aerospace Education

Cost Info: $795


Silicon STEM Academy Summer Camps

Silicon STEM Academy Summer Camps are a fun, hands-on and interactive way to keep young minds active during the summer months. We offer camps for every interest in subjects like Programming, Game Design, Robotics, Digital Media, Engineering, Science, E-Textiles and more! Camps are offered in a week-long, half-day format, with full-day options available. We now offer camps in three convenient locations and Colorado parents voted our STEM camps the #1 Family Favorite in 2017! Check out our ALL NEW weeklong, full-day STEM Academies for advanced students!

Cost info: Camp prices range from $295 to $350


Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Lighthouse Writers Workshop supports creative discovery and renewal by providing the writing workshops and writer services to young authors of all abilities. Talks, events, summer camps, and youth workshops strive to develop the writer in everyone. Ages: 9 and up.

Visit their website at:

Bits, Bytes, & Bots

Bits, Bytes & Bots offers a variety of classes including robotics, stop-motion animated movie making and game creation. “Our curriculum is always on the cutting edge of the technology and our robotics program utilizes the Lego® Mindstorm® robots. People ask us what the difference is between our programs and other technology programs available and we proudly tell them that WE TEACH!”

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Stanford University Youth Camps

Inspired Learning in a Great Environment!

Volleyball, science, soccer, digital media! Whatever your interest, Stanford’s Summer Youth Camps have you covered. Choose from over 20 youth sports camps and 30 youth academic programs, available to students age 7-18. Our world-class athletic facilities, academic resources and acclaimed leaders are here to make your summer youth camp experience special. Besides a fun and inspiring learning environment, Stanford’s summer academic or athletic youth camps provide students the opportunity to:

  • Make new friends
  • Gain valuable skills
  • Broaden their outlook on life
  • Experience Stanford’s exceptional services

Visit their website at:

Happy Camping,

~Turning Point Assessments Team

Evidenced-Based Intervention Techniques for Dyslexia, Learning Disorders, and ADHD

Students with learning and attention disorders face significant challenges in the classroom. That is why it’s important to seek tutors, programs, schools, and teachers who are using evidence-based intervention techniques and best practices.

It’s important to note that terms like scientifically-based and research-based are distinctly different from evidence-based practices in critically important ways. Scientifically-based research describes the methods used to test instructional practices by providing the general guidelines and research required for evaluating effectiveness. The methods are used in answering what is most likely to work?

Research-based is the broadest of the three terms and describes practices that have been studied in some way but doesn’t necessarily use all the quality indicators of scientifically-based research. It might refer to a single study that has not been replicated, doesn’t allow for an evaluation of cause and effect, uses small numbers of subjects and participants, and includes studies that may or may not have been vetted by a panel of experts. It does not necessarily include a control group or comparison group and isn’t replicated, therefore providing little evidence; in other words, it’s unclear whether the results are likely to be replicated if used in another researcher’s setting. Just because research has been done, doesn’t mean it has been done well, is unbiased, valid, or reliable.

Evidence-based practices are considered type and magnitude of research. Type refers to the systematic way researchers apply an intervention and measure its effectiveness. (The type must be quantitative; meaning the effects of the intervention must be measureable). It must show a clear cause-and-effect relationship with improved outcomes by using a comparison and control group. Magnitude refers to the amount of studies that show a strong, positive correlation between an intervention and improved academic or behavioral outcomes. It’s evaluated by examining the effects of a collection of studies that lead to consensus about the effectiveness of a particular practice.

The following list is comprised of evidence-based practices.

Important disclaimer: Every child is different and their behaviors and needs will also be unique. We suggest tutors, programs, and schools that provide specific, evidence-based techniques and we discuss them with you at the follow-up meeting after the evaluation. This does not mean we guarantee that these techniques will result in a positive outcome in all cases. There are too many variables involved to provide any kind of guarantee of success. We also do not receive any financial or exchange benefit from making specific recommendations. We sincerely want to provide our professional opinion about what may be an effective intervention for your child. This is not a complete list. There are many other effective techniques which we are continually discovering.

  1. Orton Gillingham techniques for dyslexia

This highly structured program introduced the idea of breaking reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds, and then building on these skills over time. It also pioneered the “multisensory” approach to teaching reading, which is considered the gold standard for teaching students with dyslexia. This means that instructors use sight, hearing, touch and movement to help students connect language with letters and words. (Rosen 2016)

Orton–Gillingham also puts a strong emphasis on understanding the “how” and “why” behind reading. Students may explore why the letter s sounds one way in the word plays, and another way in the word snake. Once they know consistent rules and patterns, they’re better able to decode words on their own. (Rosen 2016)

  1. Instruction techniques for dyscalculia (math learning disabilities)

The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project

UCSMP has created a curriculum for students from pre-kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. UCSMP materials, including Everyday Mathematics for Grades preK-6 and seven UCSMP textbooks for use in Grades 6-12 mathematics (Pre-Transition Mathematics; Transition Mathematics; Algebra; Geometry; Advanced Algebra; Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry; and Precalculus and Discrete Mathematics), are being used currently by an estimated 4.5 million students in elementary and secondary schools in every state and virtually every major urban area. (Usiskin) We find that these techniques are appropriate for children with strong visual memory, language, and fluid reasoning ability. They are not as effective with children who are concrete learners and who need foundational memorization of facts and consistent scope and sequence of skills.

 Connected Mathematics

CMP is a problem-centered curriculum promoting an inquiry-based teaching-learning classroom environment. Mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a sequenced set of tasks and explored in depth to allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings and meaningful skills.

Saxon Math (for elementary age students with math disabilities)

Saxon takes an incremental approach to math, introducing a new skill or principle each day, then reviewing these concepts and skills day after day for weeks. This approach helps build students’ confidence in their ability to “do” math successfully. Students who have used this program receive consistently high scores on standardized math tests. We find this technique to be successful with concrete, sequential learners who need memorization, review, and scope and sequence learning.


  1. Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI) for middle and high school students with math disabilities

I Can Learn

A full-curriculum mathematics software solution that is a self-paced, mastery-based technology fully aligned to Common Core State Standards for math grades 5th through Algebra and allows for effective differentiated instruction in a positive learning environment.

Jostens/Compass Learning

Jostens/Compass learning provides an extensive set of assessments which place students according to their current levels of performance and then gives students exercises designed primarily to fill in gaps in their skills.

Accelerated Math

Students must learn to think critically—like mathematicians—in order to master math. Accelerated Math keeps students working—and thinking—to solve a set of 6 problems before they see which ones they missed. The right amount of productive struggle helps students learn.


  1. Writing assist materials for dysgraphia

Stem sentences, essay templates and graphic organizers for dysgraphia:

They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings (Second Edition)

High School Essay Templates

Elementary School – Sentence generators: and Stem sentences:

and Handwriting without Tears:

  1. Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) for ADHD

“A functional assessment is an approach to figuring out why your child acts a certain way. It uses a variety of techniques to understand what’s behind inappropriate behaviors. This includes looking at non-academic factors that might be contributing to your child’s frustration with learning.”

“Knowing what’s behind inappropriate behavior can help you and the school find ways to change the behavior. The basic idea behind this approach is that your child’s behavior serves a purpose. Whether they’re aware of it or not, your child acts a certain way to get to a desired outcome or goal.”

“A key part of a functional assessment is figuring out what triggers certain behaviors in your child at home, in school and with friends. Sometimes parents and teachers assume they know what’s causing a child’s behavior because they’ve seen other children do similar things. But it’s important to remember that the causes for the same behavior can vary widely among children.” (Morin 2016)

Learn more at:

Identifying and effectively using evidence-based practices is particularly important for special educators because students in special education often already have academic or behavioral deficits. Using evidence-based practices with ongoing progress monitoring gives students the best chance at achieving their goals. For an extensive list, The Colorado Department of Education has an excellent .pdf on best practices which can be found here

-Turning Point Team

Summer Camps for ADHD/LD Kids

Does your child lack confidence or perhaps they are too shy? Maybe you have a son or daughter that is unable to read subtle social cues. As a parent, you may have to encourage your ADHD, LD child to participate in clubs, sports and various extracurricular activities; anything to encourage your child’s self-esteem and socialization.

Have you considered summer camp?

Not only are summer camps fun, but there are numerous camps that tutor and teach kids in social skills through fun activities like horseback riding, water sports, backpacking, arts & crafts, and hiking.

ADHD/LD Camps are typically staffed with trained counselors who take an active role in each child’s camp experience, helping them get the most out of it and making sure every child, even the shyest, gets better at joining activities. The skills children learn at camp help them to not only make friends, but keep friends.

We’ve researched some of the top camps in or near Colorado and here’s what we found:

The Learning Camp in Vail, CO.

For 12 years The Learning Camp has been building confidence and academic success in kids with ADHD, ADD, dyslexia and other learning challenges. They are the original Rocky Mountain camp combining tutoring with traditional camp adventures. Located in Vail, CO, The Learning Camp offers many activities from horseback riding, hiking and canoeing to wood working, fabric design and academics including; math, English and reading.

The camp is co-ed and accommodates children between 7 and 14 years of age. They also offer financial assistance. The Learning Foundation provides qualifying children with scholarships to attend two week or three week sessions at The Learning Camp.

For more information on this camp visit their website at:

Camp Big Tree in Buena Vista, CO

 For teens with sensory integration disorders, learning and/or attention deficits ages 12-16. Through outdoor activities and established experiential education models, participants will have the opportunity to develop social skills, teamwork traits and leadership qualities that will transfer into everyday life. This is a mobile course based out of Buena Vista, CO.  Students will be involved in cooking, cleaning and gear preparation during the course. However, the emphasis will be on having fun in a structured setting. Activities will include rock climbing, river rafting and camping.

For more information on this camp visit their website at:

SOAR Camp in Dubois, WY

SOAR is an accredited ADHD Summer Camp, Boarding School, and GAP Year Program. They serve youth and young adults with ADHD and other Learning Disabilities in North Carolina, Wyoming, California, Florida, and internationally! Their adventure based programs provide academic instruction, experiential education, and life skills development for youth and young adults ages 8-25. Created in 1977 by an adult with learning disabilities, SOAR provides fun and successful experiences so that participants may gain greater awareness of their own strengths and improve self-esteem and confidence.

For more information on this camp visit their website at:

If your child attends one of these or any other type of summer camp, please let us know what the experience was like in the comments section of our blog.

Happy Camping,

Turning Point Assessments