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 only evidence-based summer program in the New York metropolitan area to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and behavior disorders. 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 is for children ages 7 to 10. The program takes place on the beautiful suburban campus of The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY, starting the first week of July. We serve up to 28 children and attract families from across the country and around the world.

Goals of the Program

The Summer Program for Kids is designed to improve children’s self-esteem and help them build confidence in social, academic, and team sports situations. The program also helps children with ADHD and behavior disorders improve classroom behavior, sports competence, rule following, and frustration tolerance, as well as friendship, coping, and problem-solving skills.

The program addresses three key components of a child’s life—home, academics, and recreation environments. Home behavior is improved through weekly training for parents, who are taught specific behavioral strategies and ways to improve their relationship with their child.

In the academic 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 develop sports competence, learn and practice good sportsmanship, learn rule following and frustration tolerance, and build friendship skills. These skills are taught and reinforced daily during activities that include swimming, team sports, free choice time, and recess.

About Our Staff

Our clinical supervisors are faculty of NYU and have extensive experience treating children with childhood disorders. Our specialized teacher has experience working with a special needs population. We also have a New York State–registered nurse on staff.

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

All camp counselors undergo an extensive behavioral therapy training program for 3 weeks prior to the start of the program. There is one counselor for every one to two children. Counselors are junior- and senior-level undergraduate or graduate students. Counselors are supervised by clinical psychologists who create individualized programs tailored to each child’s specific needs and goals.

Employment Opportunities

Each year we recruit counselor interns for the Summer Program for Kids. We seek junior-level undergraduate or graduate students with excellent academic skills and interpersonal skills. Psychology or education majors are preferred. Please see the Summer Internship flyer for more details about the position and requirements.

Counselor and Child at Child Study Center Summer Program for Kids

If you are interested in learning more about the summer internship, please email Donna D’Onofrio-Watts, program coordinator, at donna.d’onofrio-watts@nyulangone.org.

Fall Booster Program

A follow-up fall Booster Program is offered to children who have participated in the summer program. The Booster Program is an 8-week, twice monthly group program, beginning in October.

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 naturalistic setting.

How to Enroll

For information on enrollment, email us at donna.d’onofrio-watts@nyulangone.org or call us at 516-358-1811.