Developmental and Behavioral Sciences ADHD Summer Program
Developmental and Behavioral Sciences ADHD Summer Program

Are you looking for something more than medication to help improve an ADHD child's behavior? The Children's Mercy Summer Treatment Program (STP) for ADHD offers an award-winning comprehensive treatment program for children's behavioral, emotional and learning problems. Designed for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related problems, this program incorporates a set of evidence-based treatments into an eight-week therapeutic summer day camp.

The original Summer Treatment Program for ADHD has a proven track record of results for thousands of children and families. The Children's Mercy Summer Treatment Program runs from early June through July, weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Summer Treatment Program

The program provides treatment tailored to each child's behavioral, emotional, and learning difficulties. In the context of a camp-like setting with a broad treatment focus, both group and individually designed treatment plans are implemented by paraprofessionals under the supervision of experienced senior staff members.

Children are placed in groups of similar ages.  Each group is supervised by five clinical staff members. These groups stay together throughout the day so that children receive intensive experience in functioning as a group and in making friends. Each group spends two hours daily in classrooms conducted by special educators. These specialists carry out behavior modification programs designed to treat children's problems in a classroom context. Individualized instruction is also provided. The remainder of each day consists of recreational group activities. During these periods, which include age-appropriate sports and activities, an integrated variety of treatment components are implemented.

Eligible Children

Children ages 6 to 14 are eligible to participate in the program, with enrollment limited to those who meet certain criteria. Our program staff will perform an initial screening and psychological testing to determine a child's eligibility, but recent testing from other sources may be acceptable in some cases. Typically, we evaluate children with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, learning problems, or children with mixed behavior and learning problems. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians or parents.


Fees for the STP are established in recognition of the cost of offering such a service. Typically, parents are responsible for the cost of the STP. The fees for the 2015 Children's Mercy STP are $4,000; payment is required to hold your child's place in the STP. During the application and screening process, each parent has the opportunity to meet with a representative from the Children's Mercy STP, who can answer questions concerning STP fees.

The program is the equivalent of 360 hours of traditional, one-hour-per-week outpatient therapy, which can normally cost more than $21,000 (based on 2013 Medicaid reimbursement rates). For the $4,000 program fee, children receive:

  • 360 total hours of behavioral therapy, including an individualized treatment plan
  • 45 hours per week of childcare
  • 8 hours per week of academic instruction from a certified teacher
  • Their own counselor that has received extensive training and supervision from a licensed psychologist
  • Daily social skill instruction
  • Daily sports instruction
  • Weekly parent groups specializing in behavioral management techniques (childcare provided during these evening meetings)
  • Fun Friday activities that are designed and selected by the STP kids

How to apply

During the summer of 2015, the Children's Mercy Summer Treatment Program will run from June 1 through July 24 at the Kansas City Christian School - Prairie Village Campus, in Prairie Village, Kansas. The day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

For more information or to initiate the application and screening process, interested parents or professionals should call:Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (913) 696-5748

Learn more about the STP.

Enrollment is limited, and parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Download the Children's Mercy STP Brochure

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