Summer treatment programs for youth with ADHD

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Oct;23(4):757-73. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2014.05.012. Epub 2014 Aug 10.


Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) require intensive treatments to remediate functional impairments and promote the development of adaptive skills. The summer treatment program (STP) is an exemplar of intensive treatment of ADHD. STP intervention components include a reward and response-cost point system, time-out, use of antecedent control (clear commands, establishment of rules and routines), and liberal praise and rewards for appropriate behavior. Parents also participate in parent management training programming to learn how to implement similar procedures within the home setting. There is strong evidence supporting the efficacy of the STP as an intervention for ADHD.

Keywords: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; Behavior modification; Contingency management; Evidence-based treatment; Parent training; Summer treatment program.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / therapy*
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Behavior Therapy / organization & administration
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Evidence-Based Practice / methods*
  • Evidence-Based Practice / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Parents / education*