ADHD Therapy Camp for Sam and a Friend
Organized by: Kelly Henley
EVENT DATE Jun 06, 2016
Through a lengthy application process, our son has secured one of 55 spots at an ADHD therapy camp run by Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. This Summer Treatment Program, or STP, is evidence-based, and was started over 30 years ago in Florida by ADHD researchers. It provides 360 hours of behavior therapy, to teach ADHD kids many of the skills they struggle to learn. The camp begins on June 6, 2016, and runs Monday through Friday for 8 weeks, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Thursdays, they have parents' nights, where they teach the parents how to maintain the behavior modification at home.
Our son takes medication, and it helps, but as they say at the camp, "Pills don't teach skills." We work hard with our son, but feel he could make so much more progress spending his summer at a program like this, where these skills are the entire focus. Many kids who have access to this type of behavior therapy end up needing fewer, or even no ADHD meds in the long term.
This type of program is not covered by insurance, and scholarships are rare. We really want this for our kid, but we figured that there are probably other families in the same situation, who have a need but don't know how they will pay for it. The fees are $4000 per child, so we would like to split whatever we raise, up to $8000, with another family. It is our hope that we'll be able to raise the full amount, which would fully fund our son and another child, but if we raise more, we'll put it toward a third child, and so on. Depending on how much we raise, we'll be in touch with Children's Mercy to disburse the money to another family or families.
I'm just like you. I want my kid to learn responsibility. I want to be able to tell him to do a thing, and be able to expect it to be done. I want to be able to go to the bathroom and trust that one of my other children won't be in tears because of something impulsive he has done. I want to send him to birthday parties and sleepovers, and know that he's going to have a good time and be invited back, not spend the whole time pestering the adults for something they have already said "no" to, or pouting because he didn't get his way. Your contribution will help him, and at least one other child, gain the social and self-management skills he needs in order to succeed. Thank you.