The Best Summer Camp for Spectrum Teens and Young Adults

The summer of a lifetime is one call away!

We’re not exaggerating!  Every Summer for over 40 years Talisman Camps has been the top choice for Young Adults and Teens on the Spectrum.

Joining us this year for your first summer will certainly bring confidence to your child and will prove a positive, impactful family experience for years to come. We may be a legacy camp, but our methods and techniques are both innovative and proven. For decades, we have ensured our campers feel included in everything we do and a part of every aspect of a memorable summer.

If you are reading this, chances are high you have not joined us in the past – contact us today! We hit capacity every summer and already have returning campers reserving their next summer before fall comes. There are limited spots, be sure to contact us today!

We encourage you to read on and follow the links below to learn more about Talisman Camps.

Robiyn Mims

Owner, Admissions Director

At Talisman Camps, we create amazing camp experiences where kids can truly be themselves.  Do you want your son or daughter to have a great time and make new friends?  We can help!  You will be astounded to hear about your child’s new friendships, even if making friends has been historically a challenge.  Want an environment that encourages social development and improved pragmatic communication?  We’ve got you covered!  Our camp’s structure and routine help campers feel safe practicing communication with fellow campers and developing new social skills.

Your child will create lasting memories at Talisman Programs, the best summer camp experience for youth with high-functioning Autism, ADHD, and Learning Disorders (LDs).

According to the American Camp Association, participating in a camp experience not only “enriches lives” but can also “change the world” (  Parents can expect their child or loved one to experience five outcomes: increases in “self-identify, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership, and self-respect”. At Talisman, we have a summer program for nearly every kind of child, teen, or young adult looking for a traditional camp experience.  From the moment our campers step onto our campus in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, they are met with caring and experienced staff and quickly meet/rejoin fellow campers and potential new, lifelong friends.

A Time for Your Child.  A Time for You.

Talisman Programs has been offering specialized summer camps for youth with learning disorders, high-functioning autism, and ADHD for over 40 years.  It is a place where kids can get outside and enjoy themselves, all while building skills, which is what makes camp so beneficial (  Our owners have worked with kids, teens, and young adults for many years.  Sharing our summers together and making new friendships, as well as building on old ones, make this such a rewarding experience for campers and staff alike.  As Talisman Camps offers specific programming for our campers’ needs, rather than operating a mainstream camp and “including” neurodiverse youth, families can rest assured that their children will be engaged, accepted, and a welcome partner in their camp experience.  They will have trained staff who understand the needs of different campers experiencing learning differences and can make appropriate accommodations for each individual.  Neurodiverse kids can, and should, experience all the same benefits of camp as their neurotypical peers – and they will with Talisman!  They will gain confidence and independence through structured events, push their physical abilities, and emerge successful in their newfound skills.  Involving your child in his or her camp search can be a beneficial step, according to KidsHealth, and we encourage you to reach out to discuss options for the summer ahead ( )!

At Talisman Programs, we are truly passionate about what we do and we know our programming can be extremely beneficial for your family.  We love seeing smiling faces, cheers of excitement, and friendships grow.  As a result, we look forward to summer all year long!

Join us this summer for 1, 2, or 3-week sessions with multiple start dates throughout the summer.  Talisman Camps is designed for ages 6 – 22, with separate programs running for different age groups.  See our site for further information on age breakdowns and which offering may work best for your child.  Sign up soon to reserve your preferred session and program.

Call Robiyn at (828) 697-6313 to learn more about Talisman Camps, identify the best program for your child, or to sign your child up today.


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We hope to see you at Talisman Camps this summer!