FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- FAQ Download for Parents & Professionals
- What is the difference between BADP and a regular day camp?
First, our entire schedule of fun activities is designed and implemented behaviorally towards improving social skills. Second, our large group of staff (1:3 staff-to-child ratio) are professionally-trained which gives children significantly more specialized attention. Third, our special education teachers offer academic tutoring and classroom instruction to address specific school concerns. Fourth, our social skills program is evidenced-based which means we use research-supported strategies to teach new social skills across multiple settings. Fifth, we provide parent training to generalize improvement at home.
- How big is BADP?
We only accept about 25 kids each summer.
- What type of children are best suited for BADP?
Our program and staff are best suited for children who want more friends but have difficulties with social skills. They might be impulsive at times, miss social cues, not know what to say, or have anxiety in social groups. Our kids have average or above cognitive and language abilities. They might have narrow interests and difficulties carrying a two-sided conversation or following directions immediately. Our kids might carry a diagnosis of ADHD, Anxiety, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, HFA, Learning Disabilities, NVLD, and Selective Mutism. We do not accept kids with dangerous behavior.
- How does BADP ensure that kids have fun?
Once kids recognize that staff are supportive, activities are scaffolded based on ability, and feel the impact of reinforcement for positive behavior, they quickly acclimate to the classroom time and point system. By teaching them how to succeed, they feel good about themselves and build confidence which makes activities enjoyable.
- Does my child have to participate for the entire program?
The nature of the program requires full participation to achieve optimal results. However, we can make exceptions when we feel the child will still benefit for a shorter duration. The price per week is higher for less weeks. Contact us for exact pricing.
- Do you ever accept kids ages 5-6?
We offer a shorter program from 9 am-3 pm for age 6 and are creating a separate program for age 5 next summer. Please sign up here if you’re interested in this for next summer.
- Do you provide transportation to/from the program location?
Yes. We offer: 1) chaperoned subway transportation to/from Grand Army Plaza Station in Park Slope, Brooklyn; 2) *Busing from multiple locations in Manhattan; and 3) Private chaperoned subway transportation from your home in Manhattan. Contact us about the fee. Discounts do not apply to transportation. *Subject to change based on need.
- Do you offer any scholarships or financial aid?
Yes, we offer a sliding scale based on financial need and available funding. Families that earn less than $150,00 per year qualify for a 25% discount.
- Do you provide food during the day?
No. Children are required to bring a cold lunch, snack, and drink.
- Do you accept children without IEPs?
Yes. We accept children with varying types of educational situations (e.g., home schooling, inclusion, private school, etc…)
- What is your payment policy?
We accept cash or check, and do not offer payment plans at this time. Payment is required in full to secure enrollment.
- Do you accept health insurance?
No. However, portions of BADP may be reimbursable via health insurance. At the end of the program, we can provide a receipt for out-of-network reimbursement. Please contact us to request information about verifying this with your insurance company.
- Can I seek reimbursement for BADP via my child’s IEP?
Yes. We can implement goals from your child’s IEP, and provide documentation for you to submit for reimbursement. Our program is designed to prevent summer regression and loss of skills which would extend your child’s transition when returning to school and negatively his/her affect learning. Please contact your educational attorney, child advocate, and/or IEP coordinator about this.
- What types of child difficulties are not appropriate for BADP?
We are not equipped to help children with behavioral, cognitive or language impairment who might require 1:1 attention, such as those with pure Autism, aggression, or who run away. We are not properly staffed for kids with physical health impairments, such as frequent seizures, physical handicaps, or other physical health conditions that require frequent medical attention.
- Can BADP administer medication during the day?
Yes. We can administer prescribed medications as needed with parental consent.
Any questions, please contact us.