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The NYU Summer Program for Kids

Summer Program for Kids - About Our Kids

The NYU Summer Program for Kids (SPK), established in 1997, is currently the only evidence-based summer program in the New York Metropolitan area to treat children with ADHD and behavior disorders. It is a seven-week, therapeutic program devoted exclusively to children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are between the ages of seven to eleven years old. The 2015 program will run from Monday, June 29 - Friday, August 15.

The program, which is based on a component of a landmark study funded by the NIMH, is specifically designed to improve children's social behavior; friendship skills; coping skills; academic competence; problem-solving skills; self-esteem; classroom behavior; sports competence; rule following; home behavior; and frustration tolerance. Parents are also taught specialized parenting skills to enhance parent-child relations.

All counselors in the program are upper classmen in college or graduate students. The counselor to child ratio is one counselor to every one to two children. All counselors must participate in and complete an extensive behavioral therapy training program in June before the start of program. In addition, counselors are supervised by clinical psychologists, which is essential in such a highly individualized program, tailored to each child's specific needs and goals.

SPK is located on the campus of The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY. The program serves 50-55 children, attracting families from across the country and around the world.

The SPK includes both an academic and recreational component consisting of academic reinforcement, computer-assisted learning, art, morning and afternoon team sports, and daily swimming. In addition, social skills and coping skills training, using behavior modification procedures are applied to reinforce skills and positive behavior throughout the course of each day. In the academic component, using instructive, cooperative, and peer educational methods, highly qualified teachers target academic performance and improved behavioral functioning. In the recreational component, under the guidance of attentive and nurturing counselors, children develop sports competence, learn rule following, and build friendship skills.

For a list of frequently asked questions and their answers, click here. A flyer about SPK is available here and their brochure can be found here.

Program Video

Watch a video about our program, "Summer In Paradise," on our Multimedia Center page (you will need to scroll down), to learn more about how the program works and why it is successful through the perspective of our staff, the children in the program and their parents. The video may help you determine if our program is suitable for your child.

In the News

NYU Summer Program for Kids was featured in the NYU Physcian Winter 2013-2014 publication in an article titled, A Summer Camp's Rewards.

During the summer of 2008, NYU Summer Program for Kids appeared in a feature length story in The New York Times (September 12, 2008). The article, For Hyperactive Children, a Special Place, tells the story of one particular child, Jesse Federbush, and the progress he made during his attendance at the SPK.

Other articles and stories include: Sophie's Last Chance, People Magazine, September 2007; ADHD Summer Survival Tips, WebMD, May 1, 2007; Summer Camp Helps ADHD Kids Stay Focused, WNBC, August 25, 2006; Camp for Kids with ADHD, Eyewitness News, WABC, August 8, 2006; A Special Camp for Kids with ADHD, Healthology, May 22, 2006; Summer of Hope, Child Magazine, August 2005; A Summer of Fun for Children with ADHD, WebMD, April 12, 2004. 

How to Enroll

For information about how to enroll a child in our program, call Dr. Karen Fleiss at (516) 358-1811.

Employment Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that we are recruiting summer counselors for the 2015 NYU Summer Program for Kids. We are seeking junior level undergraduate or graduate students with excellent academic skills, preferably psychology or education majors. Please see the counselor flyer on the right sidebar for more details about the position and requirements.

We are seeking academic and art teachers and a registered nurse. If you are interested in any of these positions, please email us at donna.d'onofrio-watts@nyumc.org.

Fall Booster Program

A follow-up fall booster program is offered to children enrolled in our program. For detailed information about the booster phase of our program, please read Boosting Social Skills for Children With ADHD: Follow-up After an Intensive Summer Program, an article by Karen Fleiss, Psy.D. and Tamra Holtzer, Ph.D.