Effectiveness of a therapeutic summer camp for children with ADHD: Phase I Clinical Intervention Trial

J Atten Disord. 2012 Oct;16(7):610-7. doi: 10.1177/1087054711416800. Epub 2011 Aug 19.


Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 2-week therapeutic summer day camp for children with ADHD, which included a social skills training program and parent psychoeducation and training program. This was an open-label, nonrandomized Phase I Clinical Intervention Trial.

Method: Parents completed the Weiss Functional Impairment Rating Scale (WFIRS) and the Conners' Global Index-Parent Version (CGI-P), and children completed the Index of Peer Relations (IPR). All questionnaires were completed prior to the camp and 3 weeks after starting school. A total of 33 children who attended the camp were compared with a group of 15 children with ADHD who did not attend camp.

Results: CGI-P, IPR, and WFIRS significantly improved in the group that attended the camp but not in the control group. Effect sizes were between 0.7 and 1.6.

Conclusion: The therapeutic summer day camp is effective in improving ADHD symptoms, peer relationships, and overall functioning of children.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / psychology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / therapy*
  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group*
  • Social Behavior*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome