Summer Services (ESY and Camps)

When deemed eligible and necessary by the IEP team, Extended School Year (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. All camp programs are available for students from Pre-K through age 22.

♦ ESY Partnership with Local School Districts for Students with Mild to Moderate Learning Needs: LeafBridge partners with local public schools to design specialized camps for students with mild to moderate learning differences. Occupational and speech therapists collaboratively design programs to improve self-regulation, handwriting, social skills, self-care skills and peer engagement in a small group setting. Physical therapists support movement and wellness, and an Intervention Specialist provides consultative services to promote academic success.

♦ 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. Click here for the 2024 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. We will share more information about volunteering with Camp LeafBridge soon.

♦ 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. Click here for the Steps to Independence summer flyer.

♦ Club chAT Pool Party: Join us for a skilled therapist-led group that focuses on fun! We’ll start with 90 minutes of socialization with Speech Therapy and then jump in the pool for more fun with Physical Therapy. Elementary Ages meet on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:30am and Middle School + Ages meet on Thursdays from 9:00-11:30am. Click here for the Club chAT Pool Party flyer. 


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.