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

ADHD Summer Treatment 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 program.

The original Summer Treatment Program for ADHD has a proven track record of results for thousands of children and families.

The 2019 Summer Treatment Program applications will be opening January 2019.

The program will run the second week of June through the last week in July. Location coming soon.

What is the Summer Treatment Program?

For Kids
Something more than medication to help improve an ADHD child’s behavior. Children’s Mercy Summer Treatment Program is a seven week, therapeutic day program designed for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and related problems. The program offers an award-winning comprehensive treatment that is tailored to each child’s behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties. Although the Summer Treatment Program is highly structured and emphasizes treatment, most children enjoy the program tremendously, as they would any summer program.

For Parents
The Summer Treatment Program also provides evening meetings with parents to discuss ADHD treatments and give parents the tools to extend the gains from the program to the child’s natural environment. The sessions help parents work with their children to change unacceptable behavior at home, reduce noncompliant and disruptive behaviors, improve homework task skills, and improve relationships with parents and siblings. 

How will the program help?

STP will help to develop the child’s problem-solving and social skills, and help the child gain the social awareness necessary to enable him or her to get along better with other children. The program will develop the child’s abilities to follow through with instructions and complete tasks. The program will also improve the child’s learning skills and academic performance as well as the child’s self-esteem. STP will help to teach parents how to develop, reinforce, and maintain these positive changes.

Who is eligible?

Children ages 6-12 are eligible to participate in the program with enrollment limited to those who meet certain criteria. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians or parents.

Program Staff

The program is implemented by highly-trained, undergraduate paraprofessional counselors, students pursuing advanced degrees in psychology, and educational specialists. Doctoral level psychologists supervise the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of the program, while developmental pediatricians and/ or primary care physicians supervise the medical aspects of the program. In general, there are five staff members for every group of 15 children. If medically indicated, the Summer Treatment Program staff will also evaluate the effectiveness of the child’s medication. The program uses only treatments that have been well-documented and shown to be effective through research. However, our program staff continues to carefully evaluate treatment effectiveness, both at the individual level and for the program as a whole. 

What is a typical day like?

The carefully structured days during the Summer Treatment Program provide opportunities for success to children who have difficulty paying attention, staying organized, following directions and coping with frustration in a camp setting. Campers enjoy the daily recreation of team sports such as basketball, soccer, and softball, while learning the rules and building athletic skills. Children express creativity through arts and crafts and attend the Academic Learning Center each day. Campers stay in the same groups of 12-15 kids throughout the day, where they can foster friendships and develop teamwork. 

The program includes the following Multi-Modal Treatments:

  • Point/Token Economy System Social Skills Training 
  • Counselor-Directed Group Problem and 1-on-1 Problem Solving Discussions 
  • Sports Skills Development 
  • Time Out 
  • Daily Report Cards 
  • Individualized Reward Programs 
  • Rewards Based On Daily And Weekly Progress Weekly 
  • Parent Education Sessions

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