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A camp of care

Finding safe, enriching, and affordable summer camp for typical children is often a challenge for parents. But for children with complex physical, behavioral, and intellectual needs, that search is even more difficult. At Franciscan Children’s in Brighton, several weeks of summer camps are offered so that children and families feel supported year round. “Just because a child can’t stand independently doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get to hit a baseball,” says Franciscan CEO John D. Nash. “We’re about focusing on possibilities, not the child’s limitations.

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A camp of care

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  1. A camp of care

  2. A outwardly disabled camper and staff part parade around the grounds as a major aspect of an extraordinary Olympic-themed summer camp session "We have elevated standards for the kids we serve. We need them to do everything that is workable for them," says Bonnie Paulino, program executive of the Kennedy Day School. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  3. During music treatment, 5-year-old Amaya Herrin-Brittain of Cambridge lays her head on the lap of Lisa Rozenas. Amaya, who has Rett Syndrome, invested energy in the session substituting between playing the tambourine and laying her head on her instructor. "She's a sweetheart, and I think of it as a honor to work with her and kids like her," says Rozenas. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  4. Five-year-old JD Michaud of Sudbury is recouping from hip surgery, and, with the assistance of Jason Peltier, he got his turn at bat. Says Peltier, who additionally bore JD the bases, "It's great to get him required in the amusement, and let him be much the same as other people. Infrequently I don't think I go sufficiently quick for him." (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  5. At the end of the day, camper Sylvia Snider, 5, of Belmont, cuddles up beside the camp advocates. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  6. Azariah Browne, 5, of Cambridge, visits the medical caretaker, Peggy Smith. Amid a portion of the camp weeks, there are two attendants on staff to help with the kids' medicinal needs. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  7. Kevin Rowe of Byfield appreciates the music with staff member Meaghan Melly amid music treatment class. Music advisor Lyle Shaw got the kids influencing and grinning to significant verses of the Bruno Mars tune: "… there's not a thing that I would change, since you're stunning only the way you are." (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  8. Teaching partner Amy Madeira helps Julia Carey, 21, of Auburn, pass the Olympic light through the foyers amid an uncommon Olympic-themed summer camp session. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  9. Heather Cassidy, 17, of Waltham, giggles as she moves amid the Olympic week camp festival. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  10. Five-year-old JD Michaud of Sudbury gets some delicate support as he advances toward the end-of-the-day honor service. "He was going to sit all mid year, sitting at home doing nothing," says his dad, Doug Michaud. "He's had a fabulous time meeting the children and everybody supporting him." (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  11. Teacher Julia Teran Pulford hits the dance floor with campers in the assembly hall. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  12. Christopher Carvalho of Shrewsbury gets assistance from Mary Willis with finishing his T-shirt in expressions and artworks class. Amid the movement, youngsters are urged to express their inclinations, conveying to their educators which hues they need and where. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  13. Teachers support Julia Carey, 21, of Auburn, as she gets ready to play a round of ring hurl. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  14. Two weeks of the late spring session were the Adaptive Sports Program, where kids played baseball and rode bicycles with the assistance of the staff. Madeline Carroll, 9, of Winthrop, takes a swing at the ball. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  15. Gus Marstall, 4, of Cambridge rests with one of his instructors. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  16. Madeline Carroll, 9, of Winthrop, chills after a round of baseball. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  17. Gus Marstall, 4, gets help with his position from an educator. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  18. JD Michaud, who answers to the name of "Tarzan" at camp, couldn't shroud his joy when he got a gold award. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  19. Corina Aaronson (left) and Jason Peltier help a camper ride her bicycle around a ring behind the school. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  20. A camper moves in the light and shadows in the assembly room. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

  21. Teacher Julia Teran Pulford and understudy Julia Carey, 21, of Auburn, take an interest in the Olympic-themed occasions. "Our understudies are much the same as Olympians. They beat difficulties to fulfill their extremely best,"says Vanessa Saravia, entertainment facilitator. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

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