March 28, 2023

by: Emily Hastings

Summer Services: Camp LeafBridge and Steps to Independence

UCP’s LeafBridge Department still has some openings for our wonderful Extended School Year (ESY) services this summer! When deemed eligible and necessary by the IEP team, ESY services occur outside of the normal school year to address specific goals identified on the student’s IEP. ESY services are most often funded through a school district, however, private pay is also an option.

♦ Camp LeafBridge for Students with Moderate to Severe Learning Needs: Students experience a rich summer program highlighting community-based learning. The camp is designed by physical, occupational and speech therapists with support from an intervention specialist and one-on-one assistants. IEP goals and objectives are embedded into activities that promote engagement and meaningful participation. Students will have many opportunities to practice social skills, communication and functional academics in community settings throughout the Cleveland area. We still availability for our July session! Click here for the 2023 Camp LeafBridge flyer. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our Camp LeafBridge program. This is a great way to gain experience and get required volunteer hours for students seeking degrees in healthcare and education programs. Click here for the 2023 Camp LeafBridge volunteer flyer.

♦ Steps to Independence: Our unique, intensive therapy model is also available as an ESY service. The focus of Steps to Independence, as ESY, is to maximize potential gains in related services of PT, OT, and/or Speech by providing focused intervention related to these IEP goals and objectives. The child comes in for four weeks, three days a week, for two and half hours a day. We have two sessions available: the first session is June 12 – July 7 and the second session is July 17 – August 11.  Slots are available starting at 8:30am, 11:30am and 2:30pm.

For more info about the laws governing ESY determination and service delivery:  See section 300.106 of IDEA.

To register your child for summer activities through LeafBridge, please contact Children and Family Services Manager, Celia Chesnick at or 216-791-8363 ext. 1260.

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