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Page 25 of 41 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 25 Choosing your camp Here are a few things parents should keep in mind before choosing a traditional or special needs camp for their child: • Is the camp is accredited by an organization such as the Ameri- can Camping Association or the National Camp Association? • Does it meet the organization's standards for kids with special needs, including facility and staffing requirements? • What training and experience do the directors and counselors have in working with kids with a need similar to your child's? • Are there other families whose children have attended the camp that might be willing to discuss their experience with you? • What is the ratio of counselors to campers? For children with severe disabilities, the ratio should be at least one counselor for every three campers. • What are the camp's health and safety procedures? What about the facility? Is there a registered nurse in residence? If not, who will disperse medica- tion, if needed? Have emergency arrangements been made with a local hospital? • Are they able to accommodate special dietary needs? Who will assist with feeding, toileting or other activities of daily living? • Can I visit the camp to see the program firsthand? • What about the camp's regis- tration fee? Are there scholar- ships available? 8QLYHUVLW\/HYHO3HGLDWULF*DVWURHQWHURORJ\ LQWKH0LG+XGVRQ9DOOH\ +%G&3>G%&0,3% Puneet Gupta, MBBS, MD Pediatric Gastroenterologist >0&G0&G9G0& %G!G%% G%0-%"E&0% >0&G!G>% <*!%,;!G%% 0>&£!G%% 0GG 7UHDWLQJ 845-896-0736 Locations in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill • Now with Extended Evening Hours 2 e take pride in providing quality, individualized, and personal care in a truly warm and friendly environment. 465 E Main Street Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-8212 BRACES AND INVISALIGN FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS. Dr. Pachter is a Board Certifi ed Orthodontic Specialist and a Preferred Provider for Invisalign.

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