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Nationally acclaimed, our Summer Treatment Program is an eight-week comprehensive summer camp program for children ages 6-12 with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.

The program also encourages parent involvement with weekly parent training sessions to develop the skills needed to change their child's behavior at home and assist in their progress and success.

Each child and family has unique needs. Our program was designed to help everyone improve:

  • Problem-solving and skills to improve peer relationships
  • Learning skills and academic performance
  • Ability to follow instructions, complete tasks assigned and comply with requests
  • Improve self-esteem by developing competencies necessary for daily life
  • Skills and tools needed for parents to develop, reinforce and maintain positive changes

Information

Our program consists of behavior therapy using a point system throughout the whole day, required parent training once a week, two hours a day of academic instruction, and various sports including softball, soccer and basketball.

The vast majority of parents who have been through our program feel their entire family benefitted, would send their child again or would recommend the program to other parents.

Thanks to the generous support of The Children’s Trust, we are able to offer most families scholarships, with amounts varying based on household income and number of family members living in the home and as verified by tax return information.

Schedule

The 2021 Summer Treatment Program has concluded. As soon as dates for the 2022 Summer Treatment Program are available, they will be posted here.


Our Team 

Supervision and oversight are carried out by staff with over 20 years of experience conducting effective treatment programs for children with ADHD. While in the classroom, children are supervised by a teacher and a developmental aide, including highly trained, undergraduate paraprofessional therapists - students pursuing advanced degrees in psychology and educational specialists.

Psychosocial and behavioral aspects of the program are supervised by doctoral level psychologists. Medical aspects of the program are supervised by developmental pediatricians and/or child psychiatrists and nurses.

Parents: How to Apply to the Summer Treatment Program

This section will be updated when the application process opens for the 2022 Summer Treatment Program.

Work for the Summer Treatment Program

This section will be updated when the application process opens for the 2022 Summer Treatment Program.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Responsibilities and Expenses

    Dates, hours, salary and responsibilities for all positions vary by program and position. Please see the program announcements linked above for details.

    Room, board and travel expenses are not covered. Participants are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Each summer, there are many STP staff members from outside the Miami area who are interested in finding roommates and sharing housing. Once accepted to a position, staff members will have the opportunity to join a social media group to meet and communicate with other staff members to make housing and carpool arrangements.

  • Recommendation Letters

    After completing your application form, you will receive a link to enter names and email addresses for your three recommenders. Each recommender will receive an email with a unique link to upload your letter of recommendation to our system.

    You should request letters of recommendation from people who know you well and can speak about your skills in relation to the position for which you are applying. Your letters may be academic, professional or personal in nature.

    If you have worked in a research lab, you should consider requesting a letter from your research supervisor. If you have worked with children in a school setting, summer camp, after-school program or sports/recreation program, you should consider asking your supervisor at that program to submit a recommendation in support of your application.

    If you played on a sports team, you should consider asking your coach to submit a letter in support of your application. Coaches may be able to write about teamwork, leadership, and your ability to work under pressure in ways that other recommenders may not.

    You may request personal letters of recommendation from people who know you well and can describe your strengths and skills. However, given the competitive nature of the application process, we recommend that some of your letters are academic or professional in nature.

  • Transcripts and Grade Reports

    Applicants will be required to upload their unofficial transcript / student grade report when completing their application.

    Applicants who are selected for an interview will be required to submit an official transcript from their college or university for education verification. Official transcripts must be submitted via your school’s Registrar’s Office or transcript service.  

  • Notifications and Interviews

    After you submit your application form, you must ensure that your letters of recommendation are submitted in a timely manner in order to make your application packet complete. Applicants will receive a personalized link that will allow them to monitor the status of their letters of recommendation letters.

    Completed application packets are reviewed on a rolling basis to select applicants to interview. We will continue interviewing until all positions are filled. Due to the large number of applications we receive and the number of STP positions available, a significant amount of time is required to complete the review process.

    Applicants living outside the Miami area may interview remotely via FaceTime, Zoom, or other service.

  • International Students

    International students currently studying in the United States on an F-1 Visa may be eligible to participate in the STP if their current college or university is able to approve their participation as Optional Practical Training or Curricular Practical Training. Contact your international student services office to inquire about an authorization for the OPT/CPT options. We are not able to sponsor visa applications for students who wish to travel to the United States in order to work in the program. Additional information about OPT and CPT is available at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  • Program Location

    The Summer Treatment Program will be held at Paul Bell Middle School, 11800 NW 2nd Street, Miami, FL 33182, about 1.9 miles from the main entrance of FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Please do not contact Paul Bell Middle School with questions regarding the STP.

    Some staff training activities will take place on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. 

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