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    A Summer of Fun for Children With ADHD

    A variety of day and sleep-away camps are helping children with learning disabilities blossom like a summer flower.

    Wilderness Adventure continued...

    Indeed, the philosophy behind SOAR is that children with learning disabilities or ADHD "flourish" when allowed to focus on their strengths in a totally new and challenging environment. And challenging they are. While SOAR's home bases are located in Balsam, N.C., and DuBois, Wyo., their two- and four-week programs lead expeditions throughout the Southeast, Florida Keys, Caribbean, Rockies, and desert Southwest, with special programs also available in Belize, Central America. Activities include wilderness backpacking, horse packing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, wildlife studies, mountaineering, scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and wilderness medicine.

    Because up to 80% of all children with ADHD or other learning disabilities are on some type of medication regimen, SOAR as well as all of the camps previously mentioned, is staffed with psychologists, nurses, and counselors trained in administering treatments and watching over those who are on medication. The counselor-to-camper ratio is also quite high in nearly all the ADHD summer programs throughout the country, thus ensuring that the children are not only well cared for, but also that they receive the necessary emotional support as well as physical attention.

    For more information on the summer treatment programs philosophy, visit ctadd.net/ctadd/stpmanual2.html.

    To learn more about The NYU Program, visit www.aboutourkids.org.

    Find the University of Alabama program at www.circ.uab.edu/sparks/adhd.

    For information on SOAR, visit www.SOARNC.org.

    To learn about Talisman, check out www.talismansummercamp.com.

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    Reviewed on August 16, 2006

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