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ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

Summer Program

The Child Mind Institute Summer Program is a four-week summer treatment program for children ages 5 through 10 who have ADHD or who need help with behavioral, learning and social issues.

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About the Program

The Child Mind Institute Summer Program is a four-week summer treatment program for children ages 5 through 10 who have ADHD or who need help with behavioral, learning and social issues. Children participating in the program will benefit from a high level of support and expertise from their counselors as they work on goals including:

  • Developing and maintaining positive peer relationships
  • Improving emotional awareness and regulation
  • Maintaining academic progress

If your family is seeking to jumpstart progress during the summer or maintain gains made during the school year, this program is designed to help meet those goals while also providing a fun summer camp experience tailored to your child’s particular needs.

“The tailored hands-on attention was very beneficial for my son and me. He developed new skills that he was not able to accomplish during the school year.”

In-Person Program Details

  • Dates: Weekdays, Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 29, 2022
  • Hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Location: Trevor Day School, 1 West 88th Street, NYC, NY 10024
  • Groups: Children will be matched by age into groups of eight to nine. There is one summer program staff member for every two children.
  • Cost: $8,000*
    *Children who have attended the program in the past are eligible for a discount

At this point in time, our team is optimistic that we will be able to run an in-person program. If we are unable to run in-person, we will offer a virtual option. We continue to follow state guidelines and recommendations closely to ensure the safety of our staff and families.

Program FAQs

Program Hallmarks

Individual Attention
Each child will have an individualized set of goals based on their needs. Our small group sizes and 1:2 counselor-to-child ratio allows us to provide frequent feedback and real-time interventions to facilitate behavior change.

Specialized Instruction
Our Summer Program staff includes teachers who are experienced in working with students who have learning and attention issues. Teachers will help children maintain academic progress to prevent lag and contribute to an end-of-program report card.

New in 2022! Ongoing Year-long Support
This year we are excited to offer continuous support for parents and extended caregivers through periodic workshops and consultation groups. These booster opportunities will allow caregivers to continue to learn, practice and reinforce the skills they gained with guidance from summer program staff. A portion of these live virtual training groups will be recorded to view at your convenience if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

Peer Learning
Children work on developing meaningful friendships and age-appropriate social skills such as:

  • Initiating and maintaining conversations
  • Problem solving and flexible thinking
  • Engaging in structured games and activities
  • Playing on a team and being a good sport

We will be adhering to New York State social distancing guidelines during the program. Groups will be separated into distinct pods in order to reduce the chances of COVID-19 infection. If a staff member or child has a positive COVID-19 test result, their pod will be required to quarantine for the amount of time specified by the state at the time the program is running. If this occurs, the program will be offered virtually during the period of quarantine.

Click here for more information on the Child Mind Institute’s COVID-19 policies at this time.

Program Highlights

Parent Training

Weekly training groups for parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies or other caregivers will focus on learning strategies to reinforce progress at home.

Due to social distancing measures and efforts to reduce the amount of people in the building, we are currently planning to offer these trainings via video conferencing on Zoom. Trainings will be recorded to view at your convenience if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

Ongoing Year-long Support
Virtual sessions for caregivers will occur weekly during the summer and will now extend throughout the school year with sessions in October 2022, February 2023 and April 2023.

“The parenting sessions included with the summer program have also empowered us to better support him and have allowed us to maintain gains that he made over the summer.”

How to Enroll

All applications will be reviewed within five business days to determine the next steps in the admissions process. Enrollment is on a first-registered, first-served basis. Our team may determine that a screener is clinically necessary to ensure that our program will appropriately meet your child’s needs. If this is the case for your child, you will be contacted by one of our staff members to schedule. This is often an essential first step in treatment planning and collaborating with parents. The cost of this screener will be covered by your application fee.

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Follow-up Care

Follow-up care at the Child Mind Institute can be provided for an additional cost. Interested parents can notify Summer Program staff during the last week of the program. A staff member will connect parents to the appropriate clinician. Possible treatments options include:

  • Continued parent training with help managing behaviors at home, exploring school placement questions and pursuing individual education planning
  • School consultation to develop a consistent behavior plan in the classroom
  • Individual support for your child
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Psychiatric consultation

Cancellation Policy

If a child cannot attend and we are notified within 30 days prior to the start date of the program we will issue a refund, excluding a $300 non-refundable deposit for administrative fees. At the time of registration full payment is required to reserve a space. If less than 30 days notification is given, no refund will be provided.

Work With Us

If you are interested in becoming part of the Summer Program staff, please see the available positions below: