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. 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.

When

Monday, July 8th – Friday, August 2nd

Eligibility

Children between the ages of 5 to 10 years old who need help with behavioral, learning and social issues are invited to attend the Child Mind Institute Summer Program. Children participating in the program will benefit from a higher 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

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 an in-person screener is clinically necessary to ensure that our program will appropriately meet your child’s needs. If an in-person screener is needed, you will be contacted by one of our staff members. They will work to schedule a time for you and your child to come to the Child Mind Institute for a brief needs assessment and behavioral observation. 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.

Please contact Meg Zager, MSEd, LMSW, at summerprogram@childmind.org or 646.625.4229 if you have any questions.

Hallmarks of Our Program

Individual Attention

Each child will have an individualized set of goals based on his or her needs. There is one counselor for every two children, allowing our counselors to provide frequent feedback and real-time interventions in order to facilitate behavior change. If your child is currently seeing a mental health professional, we will ask for your permission to speak with that clinician.

Specialized Instruction

The Child Mind Institute Summer Program staff includes teachers who are experienced in working with students who have learning and attentional issues. Before the program begins we will ask for your permission to contact your child’s current teachers to learn more about your child. Child Mind Institute Summer Program teachers will help children maintain academic progress to prevent lag, and contribute to an end-of-program report card.

Peer Learning

Children will have the opportunity for live practice in a supportive group environment as they work on age-appropriate social skills such as:

  • Problem-solving and flexible thinking
  • Learning to play on a team
  • Engaging in structured recreational activities with peers (i.e., soccer, basketball, softball)
  • Interacting appropriately with adults

Parent Involvement

We offer weekly on-site parent training groups on Thursdays from 9:30am-11:30am. These groups focus on helping families learn strategies to reinforce progress at home and continue making gains after the program has ended. Grandparents, babysitters, nannies and other caregivers are invited to participate in the training groups.  Program counselors will provide parents with feedback on their child’s progress at the end of each day.

Parents are also encouraged to sign up for a parent-teacher conference held at the end of the program. This 10-minute conference is held by a teacher and clinician and provides a snapshot of each child’s experience in the program. Parents will also receive an end-of-program report card which can be shared with the child’s teachers and team of professionals.

Please note that this end-of-program conference will not provide specific recommendations about school placement or individualized learning plans. Consultation on that information will require more comprehensive and detailed follow-up care and can be provided at an additional cost.

Fees

  • $6,800 for the four-week program
  • Families who register and pay in full by March 1 will receive a 10% discount.

Post-Program Opportunities

Summer Program Booster Session

An additional half-day booster session is available for parents and children. Many children and families experience this session as a “camp reunion.”

  • Date: Friday, August 23rd
  • Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Cost: $300

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.

The program is directed by Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA, and Michelle Kaplan, LCSW.

Our Team

Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA

Clinical Psychologist, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Michelle S. Kaplan, LCSW
Michelle S. Kaplan, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Jillian C. DiPietro, LMSW
Jillian DiPietro, LMSW

Social Worker, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute

Meg Zager, LMSW, MSEd

Clinical Social Worker, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center

Child Mind Institute