Summer Programs

Summer Programs

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If you're interested in learning more about our Summer Programs, please give us a call.

716.629.3400
75 Pineview Drive, Suite 200
Amherst, NY 14228

Summer Programs

TWO specialized summer programs for children with autism or ADHD – ONE great summer!

We are closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving situation related to the coronavirus. As of today, we plan to operate the program as scheduled and are actively accepting and reviewing applications. As we continue our planning for the summer, we will follow guidelines from the CDC, governor and county executive.  Should our program be canceled, families will be issued a full refund.

Our autism and ADHD focused summer camps are hosted at Willow Ridge Elementary School, 480 Willow Ridge, Amherst, NY,  just minutes from the I-990 and I-290. Willow Ridge is a beautiful, air-conditioned school with plenty of green space for outdoor sports and activities, a great playground, state-of-the-art computer lab, and more!

Community Connections

The Community Connections Program provides children and adolescents with 200 hours of intensive training, experience, and practice in social, emotional and behavioral skills, allowing them to make friends and learn to better connect with peers, siblings, teachers, and parents/caregivers. Children participate in multiple small group-based social skills training sessions, followed by age-appropriate recreational, academic and job activities designed to practice those skills learned in the social skills training session.

Eligibility: Community Connections is designed for children and adolescents entering grade 1- age 16 with social interaction difficulties related to high functioning autism spectrum disorders or other disabilities (involving underdeveloped social abilities). Apply today!

Summer Treatment Program (STP)

The Summer Treatment Program (STP) is our premier program for children and adolescents with ADHD. STP provides a unique camp-like experience giving children the opportunity to spend the day playing sports and engaging in recreational and social cooperative activities with children their age. They will also participate in daily social skills training, arts and crafts, and spend 1.5 hours per day in a classroom setting working on behaviors to promote academic success.

Eligibility: The STP is open to children and adolescents ages 7-13 with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems. Apply today!

Summer Programs Brochure

Community Connections

The 2020 program runs from July 6 – August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Willow Ridge Elementary (480 Willow Ridge Drive | Amherst, NY 14228). For more information, call us at 716.629.3400.

 

Community Connections is a replication of an evidence-based summer program for children and adolescents (entering 1st grade – age 16) with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders or other disabilities (involving underdeveloped social abilities). 
Although Community Connections is designed to support children and adolescents (grade 1 – age 16) with autism spectrum disorders, a clinical diagnosis is not required to participate as long as the child demonstrates social-communication difficulties. Community Connections targets development of key social competencies using direct instruction, fun and engaging practice exercises, and recreational activities in a summer camp format.
Each day, children participate in multiple small, group-based social skills training sessions, followed by age-appropriate recreational activities designed to practice targeted social competencies.
The School-Based Enhancement Program targets common areas of difficulty for students with Autism and other social-communication challenges such as:

  • Following directions
  • Attending to and participating in group-based activities
  • Offering task-relevant contributions
  • Requesting and accepting assistance
  • Keeping organized
  • Completing homework

Weekly parent sessions provide caregivers with strategies to promote their child’s social interactions and extend the gains of the program to other settings.  This program is an extension of the evidence-based Connections program that has been documented to be effective in multiple peer-reviewed clinical studies.

Apply Securely Online

The following application must be completed before we can determine the suitability of your child for these programs. The child’s primary caretaker should complete all questions. Only a parent or legal guardian can apply for services for their child through The Summit Center. Please allow yourself at least 20-30 minutes to complete the application. Please note: Submission of materials does not guarantee acceptance into our programs. Our goal is to ensure that we can meet your child’s needs. In some cases, we may request additional information about your child or request that your family participate in an interview to gather additional information.

Apply here.

Program Goals

We want every child to make gains during their time in the program. As such, the goals of Summit’s Community Connections Program are as follows:

  • Increase social skills and improve child’s ability to get along with others and make friends
  • Help child better understand the feelings, facial expressions and other non-verbal social cues
  • Increase school-based skills such as following directions, participating in group activities and organization
  • Reducing problem behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders
  • Instruction for parents in how to develop, reinforce, and maintain these positive changes

We will also be developing individualized targeted goals for each child, based on their responsiveness to the program and presenting challenges.

 

Summer Treatment Program (STP)

The 2020 program runs from July 6 – August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Willow Ridge Elementary (480 Willow Ridge Drive | Amherst, NY 14228). Please call us at 716.629.3400 if you are interested in applying.

The ADHD Summer Treatment Program (STP) is an award winning, comprehensive, evidence-based summer program for children ages 7-13 with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning problems, and related behavior problems. STP provides treatment tailored to children’s individual behavioral and learning difficulties to help them build self-esteem and behavioral, academic, and social competencies.

Eligible participants should have a diagnosis of ADHD or other social or behavioral problems. The STP targets development of key behavioral, social, and academic competencies using direct instruction, fun and engaging practice exercises, and recreational activities in a summer camp format.

It may be helpful to have information about your child’s teacher and pediatrician on-hand before beginning the online application.  Once started, the application needs to be completed in full. We expect the application to take between 20-30 minutes to complete.

The Summer Treatment Program (STP), founded in 1980 by William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., was formerly operated in Buffalo by the Center for Children and Families at the University at Buffalo. The STP was acquired by Summit in 2010 and provides a structured but camp-like environment for children. The STP has a proven track record of effective treatment for more than 2,500 children and families. Based on its excellence in providing treatment for children with ADHD, the STP has been featured on national television news and in national magazines.

The STP has also been:

  • Used in clinical trials conducted under the auspices of the National Institute of Mental Health
  • Named a Model Program in Child and Family Mental Health by the American Psychological Association and SAMHSA
  • Named a program of the year by CHADD, the national parent advocacy group for children with ADHD
  • Listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Children feel like they are at a summer camp, not a treatment program. This is because our goal is to help your child build self-esteem and behavioral, academic, and social competencies. Children spend the day playing sports and engaging in recreational and social-cooperative activities with other children their age. They also participate in daily social skills training, arts and crafts, and spend two hours per day in a classroom setting working on academics and behaviors conducive to academic success. Children participate in special on- and off-site field trip activities on Fridays. Groups generally consist of four expertly trained staff members and 12 children. Licensed Psychologists, with expertise in ADHD, supervise staff. Weekly parent sessions provide caregivers with strategies on how to better manage children in the home and provide the necessary support to improve functioning at school.

Apply Securely Online

The following application must be completed before we can determine the suitability of your child for these programs. The child’s primary caretaker should complete all questions. Only a parent or legal guardian can apply for services for their child through The Summit Center. Please allow yourself at least 20-30 minutes to complete the application. Please note: Submission of materials does not guarantee acceptance into our programs. Our goal is to ensure that we can meet your child’s needs. In some cases, we may request additional information about your child or request that your family participate in an interview to gather additional information.

Apply here.

Program Goals

The overall goals of Summit’s Summer Treatment Program are as follows:

  • Development of the child’s problem solving and social skills, and of the social awareness necessary to enable the child to get along better with other children
  • Improvement of the child’s learning skills and academic performance
  • Development of the child’s abilities to follow instructions, to complete tasks that the child commonly fails to finish, and to comply with adults’ requests
  • Improvement of the child’s self-esteem by developing competencies in areas necessary for daily life, such as interpersonal, recreational, academic, and other task-related areas
  • Instruction for parents in how to develop, reinforce, and maintain these positive changes
  • If appropriate, evaluation of the effects of medication on the child’s academic and social functioning in a natural setting

We will also be developing individualized targeted goals for each child, based on their responsiveness to the program and presenting challenges.

Treatment

Treatments include individually adapted reward and response-cost programs; daily report cards; group contingencies; training in group problem solving and individual social skills; instruction in overcoming learning deficits; strategies for improving concentration, task completion, and self concept; time out, and a daily feedback system. Treatment plans and strategies are continuously monitored and modified as necessary to help children with ADHD build skills.Although the STP is highly structured and emphasizes treatment, parents should be aware that most children with ADHD enjoy the STP tremendously – in fact, they feel like they’re at camp! In addition to being beneficial for them, the program is also fun.

STP Staff

Our program is directed by New York State licensed psychologists with many years of experience working with children with ADHD, with the assistance of graduate level coordinators who have several years of experience in the summer programs. Counselors are typically highly-trained graduate and undergraduate students who receive 40 hours of intensive training prior to the beginning of program. Our counselors generally major in psychology, education, or speech language pathology, and exhibit a love and enthusiasm for working with individuals with special needs. Many return year after year to work in the program.The on-line application and job description for working in our summer programs is available on our Careers page.

Apply

Here's everything you need to apply.

The following documentation should be submitted for all new children applying to the program:

  • On-line application (see link below)
  • Documentation of diagnosis
  • Psychological and/or psychiatric reports
  • Speech and language reports
  • IEP (if child receives special education services)
  • Other relevant educational records and special education documents

If your child has previously attended a Summer Program, please submit any updated documentation along with the on-line application.

Submit documentation by mail to:

The Summit Center
ATTN: Summer Programs
75 Pineview Drive
Amherst, NY, 14228

or fax to: 716-799-8529
ATTN: Summer Programs

or email to:
summerprograms@TheSummitCenter.org

When: The program run from July 6 – August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Willow Ridge Elementary (480 Willow Ridge Drive | AmherstNY 14228)

Cost: $2700

The online application takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. Once started, the application needs to be completed in full as there is currently not an option to save and update at a later time. The online application allows you the option to upload supplemental paperwork (IEP, diagnosis, evaluation), however this can be mailed, faxed, or emailed if you prefer.

If you have any questions, please contact Summit at 716-629-3400.

Apply Securely Online

Make a Payment

The cost for The Summit Center's 2020 Summer Programs is $2700 per child. Full payment must be made before the start of the program. A non-refundable $500 deposit must be made by May 15, 2020 for your child to be enrolled in the program. Contact Deb Murak at dmurak@thesummitcenter.org to set up a payment plan.

The payment portal has 2 parts. Make sure to select the link at the end of Part 1 to complete your payment.

You can make your payment here.

Financial Aid

A limited amount of financial aid is available to families who meet the established criteria. 

The Summit Center’s funds for financial aid are extremely limited and awarded based on need. Families requesting financial aid should apply as soon as possible.

Please complete this form and return by April 15, 2020 with a copy of your 2019 tax return and/or proof of financial assistance to be considered for financial aid funds. Your 2019 tax return and/or proof of financial assistance are required documents for consideration to receive aid. All financial information is strictly confidential. Please note that completion of this form does not guarantee that your family will receive financial assistance and has no bearing on your child’s acceptance into the summer programs. Notice of financial aid awards will be mailed out starting April 22, 2020. A $500 deposit is due by May 15, 2020 to secure your child’s spot in the program and financial aid award.

Download Application Financial Aid Application for 2020 Summer Programs.

Buffalo's Visitor Guide

In case you’re considering visiting Western New York for one of our summer programs, we’ve compiled a few helpful links to help you to get to know our city.

Housing

In past years, families from out of town have stayed at extended stay hotels, Ronald McDonald House, or rented homes/apartments for the two months that they were in the area.  Here are some links that may assist you with housing options:

Extended Stay America – http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/hotels/ny/buffalo/amherst

Ronald McDonald House Charities – http://rmhcwny.org/

Apartment Guide – http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/New-York/Buffalo/short-term-apartments-4id/

Robtaille Real Estate – http://robrealestate.com/relocation/

General Info

Visit Buffalo Niagara – http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com

Visit Buffalo YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/buffalocvb

Hotel Information – http://www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/visitor-info/hotels/

Shopping

Walden Galleria Mall – http://www.waldengalleria.com

Boulevard Mall (Northtowns) – http://www.boulevard-mall.com/

McKinley Mall (Southtowns) – http://www.shopmckinleymall.com/

Elmwood Village (Downtown) – http://www.elmwoodvillage.org/

Things To Do

Taste of Buffalo – http://www.tasteofbuffalo.com/

Delaware Park – http://www.bfloparks.org/index.php/parks/delaware/

Buffalo Zoo – http://www.buffalozoo.org/index.html

Albright Knox Art Gallery – http://www.albrightknox.org/

Burchfield Penney Art Center – http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/

Buffalo & Erie County Bontanical Gardens – http://www.buffalogardens.com/

Elmwood Village (Downtown) – http://elmwoodvillage.org/

Allentown Historic District – http://www.allentown.org/

Canalside (Waterfront) – http://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/

Niagara Falls State Park – http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House – http://www.darwinmartinhouse.org/

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Connections Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates and times of the program?

The program runs from July 6 – August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Willow Ridge Elementary (480 Willow Ridge Drive| Amherst, NY 14228).

How early can I drop off my child?

Morning drop offs occur from 8:15-8:30 a.m. and afternoon pickups occur at 4:00 p.m.

What if we cannot attend all days of the program?

Unexpected absences sometimes occur during the program as well as planned absences for things like family vacations. If you plan on taking your child out of program on a particular day or days, please let us know in advance. There is no change to the cost of the program if you attend fewer program days.

Can out-of-town families attend the program?

We have had several international families and families from out of state attend the program. They had a wonderful experience staying in Buffalo for a few weeks of the summer. We do not provide housing, but can give you some resources for searching for housing options during your stay here. Please refer to the link to “Buffalo Visitor’s Guide” for more information.

Do you offer transportation to camp?

We do not offer transportation to the program. There is a carpooling option on our application if you would like to connect with other families interested in carpooling to the program.

What should my child bring to camp?

Children and adolescents should bring a backpack, lunch, sunscreen, and water bottle each day.

What if my child takes medication during the day while he/she will be at program?

Our summer programs do not have a nurse available to administer medication, however if your child is approved as being “self-directed,” he or she can administer their medication should the need arise under the supervision of our program staff. In order for your child to be considered “self-directed”, he or she must be able to:

  • Identify the correct mediations (e.g., color and shape)
  • Identify the purpose of the medication (e.g., headache or cramps)
  • Know the correct dose to be taken (e.g., 1 or 2 pills)
  • Staff will set an alarm and prompt child to take their medication at the correct time.
  • Describe what will happen if the medication is not taken
  • All medication will be kept locked in the supervisor’s office. No more than one days worth of medication can be kept on site.

What is the cost of the program?

$2700

Is this covered by insurance?

We do not bill through insurance directly for this treatment. You may be able to use funds from your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for this program.

What are my payment options?

Cash, checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted forms of payment. Checks should be made payable to “The Summit Center.” Payment plans can be set up with our finance department but payment in full must be received before the program begins. (no exceptions).

You may also use funds from an ABLE account to pay for the program.

I am a school official and would like to send a student to your summer program. What is needed?

While several school districts have elected to pay for students to attend the program, Community Connections is not a State Education Approved program. The Summit Center has no influence on the determination of a school district to pay for a student to attend. In order for a child to be enrolled, please have the parents complete an application and submit the required paperwork. Upon acceptance into the program, we will draft a contract with the school district for any students that they will be paying for.

Summer Treatment Program (STP) Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates and times of the program?

The program runs from July 6 – August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Willow Ridge Elementary (480 Willow Ridge Drive | Amherst, NY 14228).

How early can I drop off my child?

Morning drop offs occur from 8:15-8:30 a.m. and afternoon pickups occur at 4:00 p.m.

What if we cannot attend all days of the program?

Unexpected absences sometimes occur during the program as well as planned absences for things like family vacations. If you plan on taking your child out of program on a particular day or days, please let us know in advance. There is no change to the cost of the program if you attend fewer program days.Can out-of-town families attend the program?We have had several international families and families from out of state attend the program. They had a wonderful experience staying in Buffalo for a few weeks of the summer. We do not provide housing, but can give you some resources for searching for housing options during your stay here. Please refer to the link to “Buffalo Visitor’s Guide” for more information.

Do you offer transportation to camp?

Unfortunately, we do not offer transportation to the program. There is a carpooling option on our application if you would like to be connected to other families interested in carpooling to the program.

What should my child bring to camp?

Children should bring a backpack, lunch, sunscreen, and water bottle each day.

What if my child takes medication during the day while he/she will be at program?

Our summer programs do not have a nurse available to administer medication, however if your child is approved as being “self-directed,” he or she can administer their medication under the supervision of our program staff should the need arise. In order for your child to be considered “self-directed,” he or she must be able to:

  • Identify the correct medications (e.g., color and shape)
  • Identify the purpose of the medication (e.g., headache or cramps)
  • Know the correct dose to be taken (e.g., 1 or 2 pills)
  • Staff will set an alarm and prompt child to take their medication at the correct time.
  • Describe what will happen if the medication is not taken
  • All medication will be kept locked in the supervisor’s office. No more than one days worth of medication can be kept on site.

What is the cost of the program?

$2700

Is this covered by insurance?

We do not bill through insurance directly for this treatment. You may be able to use funds from your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for this program.

What are my payment options?

Cash, checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted forms of payment. Checks should be made payable to “The Summit Center.” Payment plans can be set up with our finance department but payment in full must be received by the program start date (no exceptions).

You may also used funds from an ABLE account to pay for the program.

I am a school official and would like to send a student to your summer program. What is needed?

While several school districts have elected to pay for students to attend the program, the Summer Treatment Program is not a State Education Approved program. The Summit Center has no influence on the determination of a school district to pay for a student to attend. In order for a child to be enrolled, please have the parents complete an application and submit the required paperwork. Upon acceptance into the program, we will draft a contract with the school district for any students that they will be paying for.

Testimonials

My son gets the instant feedback he needs. The staff knows how to work with children with his difficulties & my son benefited from being around other kids who are having the same difficulties as him.

Mother of an 8-year-old boy who attended STP

I have already recommended this program to many other parents and will continue to do so. My son has been to several summer camps and this is the only one he actually looked forward to going to and wants to return badly next summer.

Father of a 10-year-old who attended STP

I feel the program is really worth every penny; not only for the child but also the parents. I have heard a lot about DRC (daily report card) and actually learned how to apply it, but never succeeded. But after coming back from the summer camp, things become much easier. My son knows what his responsibilities are and what needs to be done first. And, I am much more at ease now.

Mother of a 9-year-old boy from Jakarta, Indonesia who attended STP

I wanted to share with you how wonderfully Brett is doing in school! He started 4th Grade this year and he is doing SOOOO well! A lot of the teachers who dealt with him last year cannot believe he is the same boy. His gym teacher, art teacher and even the lunch lady have all commented on how his behavior has improved from last year! AND he is on the Honor Roll with an average of 94 for the first quarter! Last week I received a phone call from the School Counselor who has been working with him since Kindergarten. She called to say that she believes that Brett does not need her services anymore – he has grown and displayed so much maturity that she dismissed him from her services! I can’t tell you how proud I am of him!!!! I honestly and truly believe that the STP has taught Brett so many things – and it was a life changing experience! I just thought you’d like to know!

Mother of a 9-year-old boy who attended STP

It’s an amazing program that has literally changed our lives for the better. It’s not even something we can put into words. What was once hopeless is now the greatest change of our lives. Thank you thank you thank you!

Community Connections Parent

At times I am at a loss about how to handle situations that come up with my child. It was great to be able to get help and feedback from a doctor that specializes in kids with ASD. I feel that my child and I have more tools than we did before.

Community Connections Parent

This program is unreal. The results are beyond amazing and our everyday lives, the whole family, have changed for the better. Coming into this I had little expectation for success and what we got out of it is beyond words. I wish my son could be in a program like this year round.

Community Connections Parent

Overall, we are very pleased with the Connections program. We have seen an increase in the use of appropriate social skills, both at home and ‘out and about.’ The individualized daily note is a tool that has worked wonders over the years, so we are very happy to learn more ways to implement it both at school and at home.

Community Connections Parent

I am amazed by this program! The individualzed instruction and attention to detail was amazing. My daughter learned so much during this program! She learned many new skills that will be extremely useful to her in daily social interactions and especially how to interact more appropriately with peers. The staff were extremely understanding and supportive and they really took the time to get to know my child as an individual. Great job to all!

Community Connections Parent