Summer Treatment Program

The ADHD Summer Treatment Program (STP) is an award winning, comprehensive, evidence-based summer program for children and adolescents (entering 1st grade – age 15) with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems. The program will be conducted for five weeks during the summer from July 2 – August 3, 2018 (Monday – Friday) from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The program will be held at Willow Ridge Elementary School, 480 Willow Ridge, Amherst, NY, 14228.

The 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 academic 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.

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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.

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 activities with other children their age. They also participate in 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. Four expertly trained staff members work with each group of 12-16 children. Two 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.

If you are interested in having your child participate, please call us at 716-629-3400.