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I Have Special Needs Too

I Have Special Need Too

Before reading more about this camp I invite you to look at our general youth philosophy. All our camps carry this basic theme and then offer a focus. This particular focus is for children who have siblings with special needs. 

Growing up my brother was, and continues to be, deaf. He lost his hearing at a very young age, which rocked our world. The whole families. In October of 2015 I did a TEDx talk called Horses See Our Armor. This talk is all about my life, my struggle and my pain surrounding my brother’s deafness. This time in my life gave me a mantra of “What about me?”

I grew up with a giant split within me. There was the Sara who loved my brother, who felt sad for his loss and compassionate for his struggles. This Sara defended him to those that teased him and stood up for him when he couldn’t stand up for himself.

The other Sara was pissed. This Sara was jealous, felt unimportant and did crazy things to get attention. This Sara was often angry and often felt unheard. I watched my parents give my brother everything through my child eyes. As an adult and a mother I now know they did their best. And as a child that just didn’t matter. Often I wanted my brother to disappear and other times . . . I wanted to disappear.

This split caused me great pain throughout my lifetime. One of my greatest pains was the feeling of selfishness I carried with me always.

How could I compare myself to someone who had experienced such loss. How could I ‘want’ in the face of his ‘needs’. I had a deep sense of internal conflict and had no idea how to let it out. Even though I knew my brother was special and had very specific needs I wanted to scream to the word “I AM SPECIAL TOO”. And then I felt guilty for feeling that way. It was a vicious cycle that left me lacking in confidence and ultimately putting the needs of others in front of my own.

PARENTS: As you read this, please know that I hold no hard feelings towards my parents. I know that in reading this my parents struggle to not feel responsible for my pain. The truth is . . . they are awesome parents and did what any human would do to take care of their children. And as a kid I just didn’t see it that way. As an adult and as a mother I wouldn’t have changed any of it for the world. Today I am strong, I am highly empathic and also don’t practice pity. My brother and my family have taught me to strive in the face of adversity, to not give up . . .ever. I am a surviver that has learned how to thrive in the world.

I want to support other kids in similar situations. I want to support them in their struggles and help them see the bigger picture. And I want to create a safe place for these kids to create a community of their own. Because the truth is every kid has special needs. Some are just a little more obvious then others.

We are offering 2 camps. August 10th is for teens ages 13-17 and August 17th is for tweens ages 6-12.

This is for children who:

  • Have a sibling with a special need

We aren’t specific to what those special needs are. When a child grows up with a brother or sister that needs extra time and attention they are a good fit for this camp.

In addition to our usual takeaways we are hoping that children who leave this camp will:

  • Feel part of a bigger community of kids in similar situations
  • Find a deeper sense of strength that comes from within as well as from coming from such a unique family dynamic
  • Feel supported and heard
  • Have a safe place to share feelings that don’t always feel safe to share
[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ececea” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” inside_shadow=”false” outside_shadow=”false” ]We want your child to leave camp with a deeper sense of self. We want them to leave feeling more valuable then when they came.
We do not believe that children should be ‘seen and not heard’.
We believe they NEED to be seen AND heard.
We help kids find their voice and learn how to use it compassionately and with respect.
We will be filling your child’s toolbox with new skill sets to help them navigate the world and the people in it.[/dropshadowbox]

What we do:
We will be spending the day with our herd of 8 fabulous horses and all the other critters who have found their way to Dandelion Farm. We will be engaging with them in fun and unique ways. Our day will be spent outdoors or in our brand new arena. Dandelion Farm has many opportunities to learn about our selves and the world we live in. We often use art and music to supplement our camp days. Each child will receive one on one support from staff and myself throughout the day.

Investment in you child

I Have Special Needs Too
Teens 13-17: August 10th
Tweens 6-12: August 17th
9am – 4pm
$195 per person includes lunch and snack
This camp is for everyone. Please have a look at our general youth philosophy.

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ececea” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” inside_shadow=”false” outside_shadow=”false” ]When a child signs up for more than one camp they receive a $20 discount for each additional camp day. The truth is a child could come to each and every camp offered and walk away with something different. No camp is the same. If you wish to signup for more than one camp, please contact us so we can be sure you receive your discount.[/dropshadowbox]

We invite you to take a look at our other camps
I Have Special Needs Too | Parents Have Special Need Too | Where Do I Belong

Discovery Horse LLC

2748 County Rd 122
Fort Ripley, MN 56449

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