Summer Program for Kids

The Summer Program for Kids, a program of the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, is the first evidence-based summer program in the New York metropolitan area to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The program, established in 1997, provides social, academic, and recreational enrichment that helps prepare children for the upcoming school year.

Children at Child Study Center Summer Program for Kids

The 5-week day camp starts the first week of July and is for children ages 6 to 10. The program takes place at The College of New Rochelle, a 20-acre suburban campus in New Rochelle, New York. Each year, we host up to 30 children and their families from across the country and around the world. Over the past 22 years, we have successfully treated close to 900 families and have trained nearly 500 counselors.

For answers to some of your questions about the program, please read our frequently asked questions.

Goals of the Program

The Summer Program for Kids is designed to improve children’s self-esteem and addresses key components of a child’s life—home, academics, team sports, and recreation.

In the classroom setting, we target academic performance, improved behavioral functioning, and successful peer interactions by using instructive and peer educational methods.

During the recreational component, children learn good sportsmanship while improving their sports ability. They also learn rule following and frustration tolerance and build friendship skills during activities that include swimming, team sports, free choice time, and recess.

Once a week, parents attend training sessions on campus that are focused on specific behavioral strategies and ways to improve parent–child relations and home life.

Children who complete the Summer Program for Kids are eligible for our follow-up Fall Booster Program, an eight-session, twice monthly group program that begins in late fall. The program, led by Summer Program for Kids counselors, provides an opportunity for children to practice and reinforce the skills they learned in a small group setting. Using our weekly field trip model, children participate in fun outings with their peers and are coached to use the skills they learned, while having fun in a natural setting.

How to Enroll

A telephone screening is required before an application can be submitted. Please contact Donna D’Onofrio-Watts at dcap.spk@nyulangone.org or 516-358-1811 to schedule a phone screening.

About Our Staff

All camp counselors are graduate students and junior- and senior-level undergraduates who undergo an extensive behavioral therapy training program. There is one counselor for every one to two children.

Counselor and Young Boy Laughing at Child Study Center Summer Program for Kids

Counselors are supervised by clinical psychologists who carefully monitor the children’s progress and engagement, as well as work to ensure an overall positive experience. Our clinical psychologists are NYU Langone faculty members who treat children with ADHD. They oversee the specialized treatment and interventions used by our camp counselors. Our staff also includes a highly qualified consultant teacher and a licensed nurse.

Internships and Employment Opportunities

Each year we recruit camp counselors for the Summer Program for Kids. We seek junior- and senior-level undergraduate or graduate students with excellent academic and interpersonal skills. Psychology or education majors are preferred.

Counselor and Child at Child Study Center Summer Program for Kids

This is an unpaid internship for professional development and/or NYU school credit. Interns are under the direct supervision of a trained professional. This is a great opportunity for people pursuing a career in mental health or education working with children. Interns gain clinical experience and learn and use behavioral treatment strategies while working under the daily supervision of clinical psychologists.

Before the program begins, counselors undergo three weeks of intensive training with our clinical staff. To apply and for more details about the position and requirements, view the counselor application.

We are also seeking a part-time consultant teacher and a full-time licensed nurse for paid positions.

If you are interested in learning more about the summer internship or our employment opportunities, please email Donna D’Onofrio-Watts, program coordinator, at dcap.spk@nyulangone.org.