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ADHD Summer Treatment Program


Children’s Mercy's top priority is the safety, health and well-being of children. Because of COVID-19 and in accordance with guidance provided by the CDC, other government agencies and the Children’s Mercy COVID-19 Task Force, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the ADHD Summer Treatment Program (STP) for the summer of 2020.

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 seven-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.

June 8 - July 24, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Notre Dame de Sion
10631 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64114

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 an 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. While 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 in kindergarten through fifth grade 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 therapists, 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?

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. The remainder of each day consists of recreational group activities that implement a variety of treatment components.