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Summer Camps 2023: Social Skills Camps & Classes

Published: Mar. 21, 2023Updated: Apr. 5, 2023
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Summer break doesn't have to mean a break from socializing with friends or building new social skills. If your kiddos love music, theater, yoga, or other group activities, check out these camps and classes that offer social learning support in creative and fun environments!

Blast Programs


2512 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214
(818) 583-7134

Format: In-person and virtual therapeutic programs, summer camp

Blast is a safe learning space where children develop coping skills for stressful environments such as school or home. The owner, Katie Enney, Psy.D., is licensed by the Board of Psychology of the State of California. The staff consists of therapists working on hours toward their license, college students, and educators. Therapy takes place during play with an emphasis on verbalizing feelings, maintaining friendships, handling frustrations, following instructions, and working on impulse control.

Camps: Blast plans to host extended-day programs of three and six hours at the end of July and beginning of August. Check back for more information closer to summer.


  • The staff establishes age and developmentally appropriate goals for the child to achieve.
  • Activities are intended to challenge the child socially and help them be successful.
  • The program uses peer modeling for children and staff to give feedback in the moment.
  • All activities require social interaction.
  • There is a parent training option that is only available on Zoom.


  • In-person: 5–10 and 18–24 years old
  • Online: 5–18 years old

Hours: Sessions are held at three different locations as well as online. (Note: The Altadena location will be changing in June. They anticipate a smooth transition but do not know where the new location will be at this time.)

  • For elementary school-aged participants:
    • Altadena Location: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
    • La Crescenta Location: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
    • Parent training via zoom: Wednesdays
  • For middle school-aged participants:
    • Altadena Location: Tuesdays 4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
    • La Crescenta Location: Wednesdays 4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
    • Parent training via zoom: Wednesdays
  • For high school-aged participants:
    • Altadena Location: Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
    • La Crescenta Location: Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
    • Parent training via zoom: Wednesdays

Session length and cost:

  • $50 per participant session and $50 per parent training per hour
  • $50 per hour for an evaluation and assessment
  • The program is usually 14 weeks, but families may choose a shorter or longer time period.
  • Blast is vendored through Lanterman Regional Center, San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center, and East Los Angeles Regional Center. If you belong to a different Regional Center, contact Katie Enney at info@blastprograms.org or (818) 583-7134 for details on how to apply for Regional Center funding.

CARE-LA Social Skills Groups


10323 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suites 102, 103 & 106
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 421-CARE

Format: In-person therapeutic classes

CARE-LA offers in-person weekly social skills classes using play-based activities led by Dr. Erin Cantwell. These groups are small in size and peer-matched for similar skill levels and goals. Their groups are individualized to address each member's specific needs via topics such as Turn-Taking & Sharing, Reciprocal Interaction, Listening Skills, Establishing Friendships, Building Social Skills, Communicative Skills, Modeling and Mirroring, Understanding Social Cues, and Practicing Mindfulness & Yoga​.

Ages: 4–12 years old


  • Sessions are 75 minutes weekly
  • Ages 7–9: Fridays 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Ages 10–12: Fridays 5:00 p.m.–6:15 p.m.
  • Ages 4–6: Coming soon

Registration: Email info@care-la.com for more information and to register.

Cost: Inquire for rates and availability. They will provide a superbill.

Friendship Island: A Social Skills Summer Camp


11000 National Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Dr. Erika Rich is a trusted psychologist who offers summer social skills programs for kids. Contact her at (310) 709-6427 or erika@socialskillsgroup.com.

Format: In-person day camp

The aim of the Summer 2023 Social Skills Camp is to offer physical movement along with emotional guidance and social skills growth under the leadership of experienced counselors. Daily themes include perspective-taking, emotion regulation, coping skills, executive functioning, flexible thinking, thinking traps, social problem-solving, and more. Children will be grouped by age at a 3:1 camper-to-counselor ratio with experienced therapists who receive advanced training and supervision with a licensed psychologist. Each week provides a different set of activities.


  • June 19–23
  • June 26–30
  • July 10–14

Ages: Age 5 through the end of middle school

Hours: 8:45 a.m.—2:00 p.m.


  • $950 per week; full nonrefundable payment is required to reserve a spot.
  • Superbills can be provided for reimbursement.

Registration: Begin the enrollment process online and choose the "Camp" application.

Los Angeles Speech & Language Therapy Center


5761 Buckingham Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 649-6199

Format: In-person day camp

The L.A. Speech & Language Therapy Center is a leader in providing comprehensive treatment and services to children with autism and other speech/language disorders. Started by Dr. Pamela Wiley in 1979, the center provides speech therapy, preschool, early intervention, social skills classes, Say ‘n’ Play Summer Camp, drama classes such as Drama Kings & Queens Social Skills, homework helpers, and more.

Three programs are offered this summer:

Say ‘n’ Play Summer Camp: An intense speech program led exclusively by licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is the center’s most popular and highly sought-after program. The camp is for kids with speech and language delays, autism, and other developmental delays resulting in communication deficits. AAC users are encouraged to attend.

  • Dates: One six-week session, June 19–July 21, 2023
  • Age range: 3–16 years old
  • Cost: Funding may be provided by Regional Center. Out-of-pocket cost for the course is $5,000.

Drama Kings & Queens Social Skills: Offered as a six-week summer intensive and weekly summer social skills program, each session is dedicated to facilitating social, emotional, speech and language development as well as building confidence in students with autism and other social-cognitive challenges in a theatrical setting. The camp culminates in a large performance in a professional theatrical venue.

  • Dates: One six-week session, June 19–July 21, 2023
  • Age range: 5–15 years old
  • Cost: Funding may be provided by Regional Center. Out-of-pocket cost for the course is $5,000.

Teens in Motion: Also a six-week program, Teens in Motion is for older kids who are ready for more independence and community integration. There will be daily yoga, confidence-building exercises, and daily outings to various locations in the LA area.

  • Dates: One six-week session, June 19–July 21, 2023
  • Age range: 14–18 years old
  • Cost: Funding may be provided by Regional Center. Out-of-pocket cost for the course is $5,000.

Help Group Camps


The Help Group Autism Center
13164 Burbank Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
(818) 779-5103

Contact: Dr. Laurie Stephens

Format: In-person day camp

The Help Group offers in-person summer enrichment camps for kids ages 6–17 with autism and other social challenges. Three camps are being held this year, based in Sherman Oaks, and each camper is matched to an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. The camps provide a fun, safe, and stimulating environment specially designed to promote social skills development, stress reduction, new friendships, and more. The camps are staffed with experienced counselors who incorporate evidence-based practices into the daily schedule. Camp activities include social skills, fun and fitness, engaging games, science experiments, arts and crafts, and field trips.

Village Glen Camp: A specialized enrichment camp for kids with learning, language, attention, social, and/or sensory challenges. This program is designed to encourage personal development and foster new friendships through themed activities.

  • Dates:

    • June 12–16: Engineers and Explorers
    • June 19–23: Village Glen Sleuthing Academy
    • June 26–30: Science Squad
    • August 7–11: Weekday Warriors (Fun in the Sun)
  • Staff-to-student ratio: 1:5

  • Cost: $675 per week. Camp Sunshine and Camp Village Glen are vendored with several Regional Centers and accept Self-Determination funds.

  • Ages: 6–16 years old

Camp Sunshine: This camp is for students with autism who require higher levels of support. The team oversees a creative summer camp designed to help each camper reach their highest potential and develop unique strengths and abilities through themed activities. Campers build confidence and self-esteem, practice important life skills, and take steps toward independence while making new friends.

  • Dates:

    • June 12–16: Engineers and Explorers
    • June 19–23: Village Glen Sleuthing Academy
    • June 26–30: Science Squad
    • August 7–11: Weekday Warriors (Fun in the Sun)
  • Staff-to-student ratio: 1:3

  • Cost: $675 per week. Camp Sunshine and Camp Village Glen are vendored with several Regional Centers and accept Self Determination funds.

  • Ages: 6–16 years old

Teens on the Go: This camp offers a social skills program designed specifically for teenagers with learning, language, attention, social and/or sensory challenges and low support needs. Led by Help Group professionals, this program features daily trips, tours, activities, and adventures with peers throughout Los Angeles.

  • Dates:

    • June 12–16: Teen Meets World
    • June 19–23: Ready, Player Teen
    • June 26–30: Teens in Tech
    • August 7–11: Teens Keep It Cool
  • Cost: $725 per week

  • Ages: 14– 17 years old

Registration: Create an account and apply online. A short intake is required before a camper can be registered.

The Miracle Project


5870 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(213) 793-5495

Format: In-person and online programs

The Miracle Project is a fully inclusive program that combines theater, film, music, movement, and other expressive arts to allow individuals with autism, other disabilities, and all abilities to “develop social and job skills, enhance communication, increase self-awareness and confidence, ease anxiety, and find joy in experience.” Their mission is “to create a neurodiverse community where the voices, passions, and stories of individuals of all abilities belong and are celebrated, elevated, and supported.” The social skills and theater arts classes vary in age range, starting at age 5. The Miracle Project has classes specifically designed for those who use an AAC device as well. Families may reach out directly to the Program Assistant Kate S., and the staff will be happy to answer any questions and give details about their different classes.


  • While they do not currently have their schedule and dates for summer Expressive Arts classes, they typically last around 15 weeks over the summer term.
  • The Social Skills classes, called "Improv for Interaction," operate on a rolling basis, so those will continue throughout the summer and can be joined at any time.

Location: Santa Monica and Beverly Hills


  • Social Skills Classes “Improv for Interaction”: The Miracle Project social skills classes use improv, theater games, and role-play to practice skills for positive social interaction. All social skills classes are ongoing.

  • Express Yourself (age 16 and up): An 11-week online Expressive Arts class specifically designed for non-speakers and those who use AAC.

  • I Can Do That Professional Acting Training for Film & TV (age 16 and up): An online, professional-level acting class for film and television open to those of all abilities and experience.

  • Triple Threat (age 13 and up): A musical theater performance-focused class for individuals of all abilities and experiences.

    Registration: Choose a program online and complete their Hello Sign form so that they may gather a bit more information about your child. The Program Director and Clinical Supervisor, Hannah Warren, will then reach out to you to schedule a trial class, so you can get a feel for the group and proceed with enrollment.


  • The performing arts programs are approximately $35 per class. Social skills programs are $65 per class and are covered for Regional Center clients.
  • Partial scholarships are available.

Social Foundations: Culver City Camp


2716 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 1065 Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 869-4025 suzanne@socialfoundationsla.com

Format: In-person programs

Social Foundations provides meaningful, practical, and in-depth social development for kids as well as substantive education for parents. It’s a supportive social learning community that helps students develop the skills they need to build and keep healthy connections. They offer social development groups (small, well-matched weekly groups), school-based social support, play facilitation, and more. We are highlighting the summer camp program, but they also offer ongoing Social Skills Groups weekly for ages 6–13.

Culver City Summer Camp: Social Foundations’ summer camp program provides a unique, positive experience for children and teens who need social learning support in a creative and fun environment. They “help kids build social success from the inside out.” Targeted skill-building will focus on flexible thinking, staying tuned-in to others, social problem-solving, managing feelings and reactions, friendship building and strengthening, social cues, and effective communication through fun activities like sports, arts, and crafts.


  • June 19–23
  • June 26–30
  • July 10–14
  • July 17–21
  • July 24–28
  • July 31–August 4

Age range: 5–15 years old

Hours: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


  • $120 per day or $600 per week
  • They will be hosting camp outside only this year.
  • You can sign up by the day or for the whole week.

Registration: Complete this online form to register. They will be limiting enrollment; sign up early so that they can ensure the best camp groupings. 1:1 aides are allowed.

UCLA Parenting & Children's Friendship Program


760 Westwood Plaza, Room 27-384
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Clinic Coordinator: Rakhi Ratanjee

Format: Virtual programs

The UCLA Parenting & Children’s Friendship Program assists elementary school children who have difficulty making or keeping friends through skill-building group sessions led by licensed psychologists. The program will be offered in summer 2023 with an early June start date.

Program: The program will be offered virtually for the foreseeable future. The program meets once a week for 12 weeks.

Ages: Second to fifth grade. First grade policy: 7-year-old first graders may be accepted into the program starting April of their first grade year.

Hours: The current sessions times are as follows:

  • Parent session (for second and third graders): Tuesdays 5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m.
  • Child session (for second and third graders): Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Parent session (for fourth and fifth graders): Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m.
  • Child session (for fourth and fifth graders): Wednesdays 6:45 p.m.–7:45 p.m.

Registration: Download and complete the Children’s Friendship Application and submit via email or mail to the address above.


  • Rates for the intake appointments and group therapy sessions:

    • Child intake appointment: $638
    • Parent intake appointment: $683
    • Child group session: $144 per session (12 sessions total)
    • Parent group session: $155 per session (12 sessions total)
  • Insurance:

    • This program operates similarly to the PEERS Program (outline below) with regards to insurance.
    • They cannot guarantee services will be covered by any particular health insurance program. Therefore, they ask for you to confirm your own coverage and, if necessary, obtain pre-authorization for their services. The Clinic Coordinator can provide you with the necessary CPT codes and other relevant information needed for the call to provide your insurance company.
    • If your insurance company does not cover the program, they offer a self-pay fee of $559.20 for the initial intake appointment.
  • Regional Center: They have been vendored with Westside Regional Center in the past, but to receive more detailed information regarding vendorization, please reach out to Claudia from the UCLA Finance department at (310) 825-9335.

UCLA PEERS: Social Skills Groups


760 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 267-3377

Format: In-person and virtual programs

UCLA offers a social skills training program known as the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS). The PEERS program is “world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.” UCLA offers a wide range of PEERS programs for all ages. In addition to the year-round social skills sessions, UCLA also offers boot camps held on weekends for such topics as conversations, dating, friendship, and handling bullying, all hosted at the UCLA campus. They also offer an online PEERS Virtual Boot Camp, open to all ages, which include 35 pre-recorded episodes covering all PEERS skills. Parent participation is a key component to the success of the PEERS programs.

Program: All programs are both in-person and online on Zoom and meet once a week for 16 weeks. Programs run year-round, and a couple of the programs will be starting in summer 2023.


Hours: Varies based on the program

Registration: To find more information about registering for a PEERS program, contact their office at (310) 267-3377 or email peersclinic@ucla.edu. Parents must complete a 15-minute phone screen with a member of their staff, and they will then receive an enrollment packet.


  • $425 for the initial intake appointment; $200 per session ($100 for the participant and $100 for their social coach each week).
  • Insurance options: They do not accept Medi-Cal, Medicare, or Kaiser, but most insurance companies have offered coverage with a co-pay each week. Before committing, you can provide UCLA with your insurance information, and they will send you a breakdown of all costs in advance. If your insurance company does not cover the program, they offer a reduced self-pay fee (30% discount) for the intake appointment and weekly group sessions rates.
  • Regional Center: The program is not vendored with Regional Center, but clients have been able to get reimbursed. UCLA will speak to your service coordinator to discuss it further. Billing is generally every two weeks, and you can pay through those statements and then send a receipt for reimbursement to the Regional Center.
Looking for more summer activities? Check out our full roundup of summer 2023 camps and classes.

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Related Parent Questions

What are camps legally required to provide to kids with disabilities?
Camps operating on public grounds have to “provide your child with reasonable access to the program, and cannot discriminate based on any physical or intellectual disability that inhibits or affects a major life activity.
Where can I find funding for my child’s summer camps and classes?
Regional Center is a popular route for funding camps, and you may be able to use private insurance if a licensed therapist is providing services at the camp.
Will Regional Center pay for a 1:1 aide for my child’s summer class or camp?
If the camp or class your child will attend is not very familiar with accommodating kids with disabilities, an inclusion aide can help facilitate socialization and full participation.

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