Registration Begins for Day Camp Targeting ADHD Children

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Organized by UTHSC, “All Days are Happy Days” camp provide Memphis area children diagnosed with ADHD a unique opportunity to participate in fun, focused activities to help them develop appropriate social skills.

From May 31 to June 4, Memphis area children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will have a unique opportunity to participate in a fun and exciting camp focused 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. A team of professional social workers, educators and medical personnel from the UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities is available to provide 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 the Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Avenue, the camp will help children understand their 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, May 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Camp will be held for the children on Sunday from 1 to 5:30 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 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 seventh year that the Boling Center has offered a special day camp to families with children affected by ADHD.