MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Keeping kids with autism active during the summer months can be a challenge. However, there are a couple of great options coming up for the whole family. Up first, the Dog Days of Summer Camp in Georgetown, sponsored by SOS Healthcare, a non-profit that helps South Carolina children and families with autism.
Jamie Sullivan, from SOS, says there will be inflatables, water play, and plenty of activities for children, many of which have a harder time in the heat. "With kids with autism, a lot of times we talk about sensory issues," Sullivan said. "So, they are getting overheated and it can be a bigger deal to them than say someone who is more typical, and they are overwhelmed very easily so it's a little harder to keep them active and fit in the summer."
The camp runs Saturday, July 30, from 11:30-2PM at the Georgetown Disabilities & Special Needs/The Cooper Center, in Georgetown.
Then in August, SOS is holding its annual Memorial Golf Tournament on the 13th. The organization is taking it up a notch, by offering family friendly activities for kids for the first time. "Our golf tournament is an annual event it is one of our biggest fundraisers, and it's also a great way for the community to get involved and show their support for those with autism." said Sullivan. Once again, water games, contests, and arts and crafts will accompany the tournament. It's at Possum Trot Golf Course, in Myrtle Beach.
According to SOS Healthcare, autism affects 1 in 68 children. It is more common in boys, with a rate of 1 in 42. To find out more about autism, click here.