Camp readiness

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Camp readiness

Knowing that a child is ready for sleep-away camp is really dependent a lot on child factors but then even also on camp and parent factors. So the child's general level of maturity, their ability to care for basic needs, can they tie their shoes, can they dress themselves, can they wash, brush their teeth, those kinds of things independently would be some of the things that parents would want to look for. But emotionally is the child ready to be separate from parents is something else that parents can think about. Now often times you can test that out simply by looking at how a child does on a sleepover with a friend, or if they go to a family member's house for a weekend, out to grandma's, seeing how they do being away from parents for that period of time can be helpful. Parents also need to think about their own anxieties. There are some times when kids are more than ready to go to camp, they're plenty mature and emotionally ready to handle it but it's the parent that can't handle the separation, and that can actually inhibit the child then going into an activity or a circumstance which could be very beneficial to them going forward.

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Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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