Summer camp for kids with ADHD enters fifth season


Camp STAR, a comprehensive, evidence-based therapy for children with
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other behavioral,
emotional and social difficulties, begins its fifth season on June 11.

The camp, whose name stands for Summer Treatment for ADHD and Related
Issues, is a partnership of the University of Illinois at Chicago and
the Jewish Council for Youth Services.

The director of Camp STAR, Dr. Mark Stein, professor of psychiatry at
Uiniversity of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Research, says that the program is not
only effective in reducing ADHD symptoms, but in teaching skills to
children and their parents that can improve social functioning.

Children with ADHD and associated problems often struggle to fit in at
typical camps that do not address their special needs, Stein said.

Every child gets an individualized treatment plan to teach and reward
social skills, improve attention, and control impulsive behaviors.

The camp combines typical camp activities with behavioral treatments
to improve social skills and anger management, reduce oppositional
behaviors, and enhance self-esteem.

Campers express their creativity through arts and crafts, and work on
classroom behavior in the Academic Learning Center. Weekly parent
training sessions will discuss techniques to improve child behavior at
home and family relations. Camp highlights include weekly field trips,
Friday BBQs, swimming and an end of camp graduation ceremony.

Camp STAR also includes a research component to help investigators

learn more about personalizing ADHD treatment .

For more information, contact (847) 814-STAR (7827) or visit

For more information about the University of Illinois Hospital & Health
Sciences System, visit