Registration Begins for UTHSC Day Camp Targeting Children with ADHD

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From June 27 to July 1, Memphis area children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will have a unique opportunity to participate in a fun and exciting camp which helps them develop appropriate social skills.

From June 27 to July 1, Memphis area children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will have a unique opportunity to participate in a fun and exciting camp which focuses on activities to help them develop appropriate social skills. “All Days are Happy Days” camp is open to children ages 6 to 11 and offers one-to-three supervision. This year, the camp offers an additional program for 12 and 13-year olds referred to as “Camp Fire,” which provides transitional skills training and daily field trips for a maximum of 12 students in this age range. A team of professional social workers, educators and medical personnel from the UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities is available for oversight and consultation as needed. The Boling Center is a program of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine.

Held at St. Columba Episcopal Center, 4577 Billy Maher Road, the camp will help children understand ADHD type behaviors. “Campers team with other children who experience similar issues related to ADHD, such as inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity,” explained Belinda T. Hardy, chief of social work at the UT Boling Center. “Promoting self-esteem and learning-appropriate problem-solving behaviors in a fun environment will help these children realize they are not alone in facing their challenges,” she noted.

Parents and siblings are invited to join campers on the first day, June 27 at 6:00p.m. Camp will be held for the children on Sunday from 2 to 7:30 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

Interested parents can register their children or obtain more details by contacting Hardy by phone (901) 448-6669 or e-mail btate@uthsc.edu. Parents may also visit the Boling Center website at www.uthsc.edu/bcdd.

The UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities is an interdisciplinary program that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities — as well as their families — through training, service, applied research, information dissemination, planning and policy development. This is the eighth year that the Boling Center has offered a special day camp to families with children affected by ADHD.