Children's Hospital Colorado

First Steps Camp 2021: Family Education and Experience Program

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we treat the big things, the small things and everything in between.

First Steps Camp held its first camp in 2007 at Easterseals Colorado's Rocky Mountain Village in Empire, Colorado.

First Steps Camp is an intensive parent training program for children who have recently received a speech-generating device, or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system. This program was created by Children's Hospital Colorado for children who use an AAC system as their main way of communicating. Families also attend camp to learn how to use the AAC system.

Camp dates

Fall 2021: October – December 2021

Wednesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm:

  • October 13
  • October 20
  • October 27
  • November 3
  • November 10
  • November 17
  • December 1
  • December 8

There is no program the week of Thanksgiving.


Fall 2021: Virtual Program - virtually using secure video conferencing platforms

Application information

Applications are due on Friday, August 27, 2021.

Applications are all online:

Please contact us at if you would prefer a paper application.

Cost and funding options

Thanks to the Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation, there are scholarships available to cover costs for Colorado families. Families are asked to complete one application per family. Please note that scholarships are only available to children from Colorado. Children who apply from out of state will need to pay the full program fee.

  • Virtual program fee: The program fee is $1,428 for 8 weeks


Future camps

If you are interested in First Steps Camp, but cannot join us this time, please consider applying for the next session. Dates for 2022 camps will be posted in late fall/early winter.

Sign up for the AAC Camps mailing list to receive updates.

Contact us

If you need more information or have questions about First Steps Camp, please contact:

Children’s Hospital Colorado
Attention: AAC Camps (First Steps Camp)
860 North Potomac Circle, Box 385
Aurora, CO 80011
Fax: Attention: AAC Camps 720-478-7095