Current Programs

Below is the list of our currently operating research programs. Links to program websites are below where available. To see a list of programs that are actively recruiting, please visit our Participate in Research page.

Programs:

ADHD

Summer Treatment Program (STP) (Summer 2016)

The STP is an award-winning and comprehensive treatment program for children's behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. Designed for children with ADHD and related problems, this program incorporates a set of evidence-based treatments into a therapeutic summer day camp. Parents take an active role in their children's treatment by participating in weekly parent training sessions, where they develop the skills needed to change their child's behavior in the home environment and to foster generalization of the child's therapeutic gains. We offer STP for Pre-Kindergarteners (STP-PreK) ages 4-6, STP for elementary age children (STP-E), and for adolescents (STP-A; see below). The STP has a proven track record of results for thousands of children and families... more

Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners (STP-PreK) (Summer 2016)

During the STP-PreK, the pre-Kindergartener's problem solving and social skills, and the social awareness necessary to enable him/her to get along better with other children are developed. Additionally, the pre-Kindergartener's academic and behavioral skills they will need to succeed in kindergarten should be improved. A further goal is the development of the pre-Kindergartener's abilities to follow instructions, to complete tasks that he/she commonly fails to finish, and to comply with adults' requests. Improvement of the pre-Kindergartener's self-esteem may be achieved by developing competencies in areas necessary for success in elementary school, such as friendship skills, self-control skills, athletics, and academics. STP-PreK may also increase the child’s familiarity with the kindergarten environment. Last, instruction for parents in how to develop, reinforce, and maintain these positive changes is implemented....more

Healthy-Lifestyle Intervention Program (HIP) (Summer 2016)

Adapted from the STP, the Healthy-Lifestyle Intervention Program (HIP) is an intensive 8-week behavioral family intervention offered to preschool children (ages 4 to 6) that actively involves both children and parents in promoting physical health as well as children’s school readiness. Designed for children who are on the higher end of the growth curve and for families who want to learn strategies to encourage their children to adopt healthier eating habits and enjoy being active, this program incorporates a set of evidence-based treatments into a therapeutic summer day camp. Parents also participate in weekly evening meetings in which they learn strategies shown to improve children’s physical health, behavioral and emotional functioning, and school readiness. Curriculum is adapted from evidence-based behavioral family lifestyle interventions and the internationally recognized Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program...more

Saturday Treatment Program (SatTP)

The Saturday Treatment program is a weekly program that meets for two hours on Saturday mornings throughout the school year. The program is open to children aged 5 - 12 with behavioral problems. Saturday sessions emphasize development of social and sports skills, in a fun and rewarding environment... more

Supporting Teens' Academic Needs Daily (STAND)

Consisting of academic skill building and working with a "coach," this service helps to coordinate a system of organization, assignment monitoring, and academic accountability at school for your adolescent... more

Anxiety Disorders

Child Anxiety and Phobia Program

Cognitive-behavioral therapy and computer based attention training programs are used to treat fears related to being separated from parents, sleeping alone, going to school, social situations, or specific objects or events. Treatment programs are available both for children with anxiety disorders and children who experience some anxiety and fears but do not have a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program

Evaluation and treatment services drawing on new technologies to deliver remote evidence-based care to the entire statewide population of Florida. Specialty behavioral telehealth programs deliver live therapist-led treatment directly to families in their own homes. Programs include Internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy for childhood anxiety disorders and OCD, as well as Internet-delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for early child behavioral disorders.

Selective Mutism Program

Intensive, as well as, weekly treatment programs based in cognitive and behavioral methods are offered for children with selective mutism, as well as a wide variety of other anxiety disorders. Through our weekly and intensive selective mutism treatments, we target the difficulties of speaking in social or school situations with familiar and unfamiliar peers and adults. Treatment is provided by student level and doctoral level clinicians and costs of treatment are based on a sliding scale. Please call the CCF at 305.348.0477 or email Dr. Jami Furr at jfurr@fiu.edu to inquire further about the selective mutism program at the CCF, treatment costs, and scheduling a diagnostic intake evaluation for your child.

Brave Bunch Summer Program

The FIU Brave Bunch Summer Treatment Program is a week-long intensive group treatment program for children ages 3-8 who have been diagnosed with selective mutism or have difficulty speaking in social or school situations with familiar and/or unfamiliar peers and adults. This program is modeled after the Brave Buddies summer treatment program developed by Dr. Steven Kurtz of the Child Mind Institute.

The FIU Brave Bunch Program simulates a classroom, which provides guided opportunities for these children to interact with a number of new children and adults, participate in classroom-like activities (e.g., morning meeting, circle time, show and tell, group creative projects), engage in field trips (e.g., to the library, the park), and play socializing games that promote verbal participation (“brave talking”) and spontaneous speaking. The children will have snacks and lunch together each day providing further brave talking and socializing opportunities. They will earn participation points throughout the day that will be traded in for small rewards at the Prize Store at the end of each day. more...

Other Interventions

Reading Explorers Program

The Reading Explorers Program, operated through the Center for Children and Families at FIU, is a reading itinerant service that layers enhanced reading services into existing Children’s Trust-funded summer camp programs. It is intended specifically for rising kindergarten (age five as of September 1, 2013), first, and second graders who are attending camp sites located in and around the public school system’s Education Transformation Office (ETO) elementary schools. Reading Explorers is generously funded by The Children’s Trust. Each year the Reading Explorers team at FIU, in coordination with Hope for Miami and Nova Southeastern University, hires, coordinates, trains, supervises and deploys certified teachers, trained reading paraprofessionals/volunteers, and/or education undergraduate/graduate students to deliver research-based reading services. The services provided by Reading Explorers include: - Parent School Readiness Workshops - Book giveaways - Book Reward Program - Literacy Festivals for participating children and their families - Reading assessments at the beginning, middle, and end of the summer with personalized feedback for parents about child’s oral reading/pre-reading progress - Small group (maximum 5 children) structured and interactive reading instruction tailored to children’s ability levels, delivered 30 minutes/day, 4 days/week for 6 to 8 weeks - Assistance in connecting families to more formal reading supports if needed at the end of the summer.

To find out more about Reading Explorers, or to learn about employment, as well as, practicum, volunteer, and credit-earning opportunities available for teachers, students, and volunteers this summer, please email us at reading@fiu.edu . If you are interested in registering your child for the Reading Explorers Program, please visit http:/thechildrenstrust.org to find participating Children’s Trust summer camp program locations and registration information.

Collaborative Behavioral School Consultation

Tier 1 and Tier 2 classroom management strategies are effective in reducing impairment and improving functioning in children with or at risk for ADHD. Although these interventions are well-established, there is significant concern about the integrity and consistency with which general education teachers implement these interventions without ongoing support. Possible malleable factors that can be targeted in school-based consultation programs to increase teacher intervention integrity include teacher knowledge, skills, and beliefs. Our research is interested in improving student outcomes through direct work with teachers in collaboratively developing, implementing, and maintaining classroom interventions for children with ADHD.

Infant and Early Childhood Services

Evidence-based evaluations and interventions are provided for families of infants and young children (ages 0 to 5) with behavioral and developmental problems.

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program (EIBI)

The FIU Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program (EIBI) provides intensive, individualized, applied behavior analysis intervention to children under three years of age, who have or are at risk for a developmental delay or disorder, such as autism. EIBI is designed to strengthen communication, social and pre-academic skills. The goal of the program is to maximize each child's learning potential in these key areas in order to prepare her/him for preschool. EIBI provides one-to-one instruction throughout the day, in an environment designed to engage the child. Teaching strategies emphasize reinforcement of desired behaviors that foster learning and independence. Parent training is also offered to facilitate the child's ongoing progress in the home and other settings...more