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Registration Begins for Day Camp Targeting ADHD Children


Professionals at the UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilitie have organized a unique camp from June 1 to 4 for Memphis area children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

From June 1 to 4, Memphis area children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will have a unique opportunity to participate in a fun and exciting camp that will focus on activities that will help them manage their behaviors — behaviors they often don’t understand. “All Days are Happy Days” camp is open to children ages 6 to 12 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 promote opportunities for children to develop appropriate social skills. “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, Sunday, June 1 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 Wednesday.

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 sixth year that the Boling Center has offered a special day camp to families with children affected by ADHD.

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