Children's Hospital Colorado

First Steps Camp 2022: 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

Spring 2022: March – May 2022

Wednesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm:

  • March 30
  • April 6
  • April 13
  • April 20
  • April 27
  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18


Spring 2022: Virtual Program - virtually using secure video conferencing platforms

Application information

Applications are due on Friday, February 11, 2022.

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 $1,960* for 8 weeks

*Amount is total, out-of-pocket cost. It does not include possible scholarship or use of third-party funding.

Future camps

If you are interested in First Steps Camp, but cannot join us this time, please consider applying for the next session. 

  • Fall 2022:
    • Virtual Program: TBD, September-November
    • In-Person Program at Rocky Mountain Village: TBD, four-day weekend in October (Thursday-Sunday)

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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