The Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is launching its first annual summer camp created for children in grades 1–3 diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The ADDventure Summer Camp will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Day School in Houston during the afternoons, June 9-27, and will be open to children previously diagnosed with ADHD by a pediatrician or child psychologist. Pre-registration for the camp is now open.
Campers will work with experienced psychologists and trained professionals in learning to follow instructions, complete tasks, develop problem-solving skills, and improve self-esteem by developing competence in interpersonal, recreational, and academic tasks. Arts and crafts, sporting events, and individualized academic interventions will provide a blended mix of fun and learning.
“Summer is the perfect time to focus on areas that challenge children with ADHD, whether social or academic, so that they return to school with solid academic skills and self-confidence,” said psychologist Dr. Rosanna Polifroni, of the Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic.
ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders and can affect a child’s social and academic life throughout adolescence and into adulthood. Typical symptoms of ADHD are inattention (easily distracted or bored, difficulty focusing or listening, forgetful); hyperactivity (constantly talking or moving); and impulsivity (impatience and impulsive behavior). Using evidence-based instructional practices, the ADDventure Summer Camp is designed as a fun and highly focused intervention for children struggling with these symptoms.
“We are thrilled to launch this camp as an excellent alternative for children who may have difficulty in traditional social or academic summer programs,” Polifroni said.
The Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic, a part of the UTHealth Children’s Learning Institute, provides comprehensive assessments of children, adolescents and young adults who are thought to have developmental or behavioral problems, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, or learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Through careful diagnostic assessment of strengths and weaknesses, the clinic is able to create thorough and evidence-based intervention plans for clients.
For more information on the ADDventure Summer Camp or the Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic, contact Polifroni at 713.500.3888, Rosanna.B.Polifroni@uth.tmc.edu.