UAB offering day camp for kids with behavioral disorders - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

UAB offering day camp for kids with behavioral disorders

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A new summer day camp at UAB is helping kids with behavioral disorders to succeed.

The camp is offered through the UAB Civitan International Research Center and the Civitan-Sparks Clinics. It is for children ages 6-12 with behavioral disorders such as ADHD, Aperger's and oppositional defiant disorder.

The program will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays from June 21st to July 30th at the Community Education South Community School. The cost is $3,100 per child.

"Children with behavioral disorders are often treated with medications that treat their symptoms, but don't give them the skills that they need in everyday life," said UAB Assistant Professor Bart Hodgens, Ph.D., a co-director of the UAB Summer Treatment Program who also teaches in the UAB Department of Psychology. "The primary goal of the Summer Treatment Program is to build those skills and competencies into these children."

In the camp, children will spend time with a certified special education instructor who will teach them better academic skills and will work behavioral treatments specific to the child into activities. Children will also get many recreational activities such as art, computer lab, soccer and basketball.

Space is limited. For more information, call 205-934-5471 or e-mail UAB psychologists Hodgens at bhodgens@uab.edu or co-director Cryshelle Patterson, Ph.D., at cspatter@uab.edu.

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