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> New summer camp treats ADHD kids
The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is sponsoring a new summer camp designed to help children with ADHD modify their behavior while having fun.
The camp is built on the belief and developing research that teaching kids how to adjust their behavior and cope is a powerful tool alongside medications that help but can’t entirely do it alone.
The camp, for children ages 6-10, will be at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire from June 1 to July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day will be divided into various sessions and will include weekly parents’ meetings to help them learn about their child’s individualized plan and how they can supplement and reinforce it at home.
In addition, Wichita businesses can support this initiative by providing items the children can buy in the “points store.” Points are earned by children for following the rules and paying attention. At the end of each week, they can spend those points. Donations of meals for parent education nights are also a need. If an individual, business or organization would be willing to sponsor a child or provide a scholarship, that would help make the camp more accessible to families. The cost of the seven-week camp is $4,000, which encompasses about 280 hours in behavioral therapy overall.
To learn more about the KU Summer Treatment Program, please visit wichita.kumc.edu/ADHDSTP or call (316) 293-2691.
Health care professionals as well as parents can begin the application and screening process at that website.
> Physician group pledges $25,000
Wichita Nephrology Group recently made five-year, $25,000 pledge to the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita Internal Medicine residency program, university officials reported.
Nine of Wichita Nephrology Group’s 11 doctors did internal medicine residencies through the KUMC-Wichita, and five did advanced training in nephrology with KU as well.
Jany Moussa, M.D., said the gift was not only a way to support the program and its residents but also the leadership of William Salyers, M.D., who became chair of internal medicine last year and continues in his previous role of residency director.