Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between a treatment camp like BADP and a regular day camp or “special ed friendly” camp?
BADP is different from other camps in several major ways: 1) Campers are given individualized goals that are monitored via their Daily Report Card (DRC); 2) Parents receive daily feedback about their child’s progress at pick up; 3) There is an expectation of change, meaning your child should change/improve from the start to the end of camp; 4) Our entire schedule of fun activities is designed and implemented behaviorally towards improving social skills; 5) Our large group of staff (roughly 1:2 staff-to-child ratio) are professionally trained which gives our campers significantly more specialized attention; 6) Our special education teachers offer academic tutoring and classroom instruction to address specific school concerns; 7) Our social skills program is evidence-based which means we use research-supported strategies to teach new social skills across multiple settings; and, 8) We provide weekly parent training to generalize improvement at home.
- How is BADP different from other treatment day camps in the area?
Most evidence-based treatment camps share common characteristics such as a high staff-to-camper ratio, behaviorally-informed activities and reinforcements, parent training and daily report cards with individual camper goals. However, BADP is unique in several ways: 1) BADP is explicitly focused on social skills and friendships and utilizes a custom social skills curriculum that is taught and reinforced throughout the day; 2) We do not accept children whose primary difficulties are disruptive, oppositional or dangerous behavior; and 3) Our program has been in operation since 2011 so BADP it is well validated and supported by parents and the professional community.
- What theoretical or treatment models does the social skills training follow at BADP?
Social skills training at BADP is based on several models with an emphasis on generalization. Drawing from the principals of SuperFlex & Social Thinking, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other social skills treatments, we have created our own custom treatment manuals for each age group: 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. We teach one specific skill twice per day (e.g, flexibility) using a structured teaching model (definition, video role modeling, child practice and then review). Our younger group also incorporates social stories. We then reinforce the skill throughout the day during all our activities using Labeled Praise, Differential Attention and SocialStars.
- How big is BADP? How many kids and staff?
We only accept about 50 kids each summer but employ over 35 staff, including Assistant Directors, Head Counselors, Special Education Teachers, a full-time Nurse, and Staff Counselors, which provides an excellent staff-to-camper ratio.
- How long has BADP been operating?
Since the Summer of 2011.
- 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 how to keep the conversation going, 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, High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, NVLD, Sensory Difficulties, and/or Selective Mutism. Our campers come from public, special ed, and private schools in NYC.
- How does BADP ensure that kids have fun?
Once kids recognize that staff are supportive and feel the impact of reinforcement for positive behavior, they quickly acclimate to the classroom time and reward system. Activities are also scaffolded based on ability in order to help them feel confident and learn at their own pace. By teaching them how to succeed, kids feel good about themselves and build confidence which makes activities enjoyable and fun.
- Do you provide 1:1 academic instruction?
During academics, campers receive 1:1, small group and large group instruction from our special education teachers and professionally trained counselors. We help children with learning challenges improve in Math and ELA and their classroom social skills, but we are not designed for children who need intense summer academic remediation.
- Does my child have to participate for all 6 weeks and the full day?
We recommend that kids attend all day for the full 6 weeks to get the most therapeutic benefit. However, we can accept children for shorter days and for 4 and 5 weeks as well.
- Do you provide transportation to/from the program location?
Yes. We offer: 1) Group chaperoned subway transportation to/from Grand Army Plaza Station in Park Slope, Brooklyn for $350/week; 2) Group chaperoned subway transportation from/to 71st Ave Subway Station in Forest Hills for $350/week; 3) Private chaperoned transportation from your home within 1 hour radius of the program location via subway, bus or taxi for $450/week. Discounts do not apply to transportation.
- What are the costs? Do you offer any discounts?
The costs for tuition, transportation and discounts can be found at the top of the Apply page. We offer a reduced fee based on financial need and available funding. Families that earn less than $150,000 per year qualify for a 25% discount, as long as they pay in full before April 17th. We ask for a copy of the first page of your most recent 1040 tax return. We also offer a 10% Early Bird special for families who pay in full before April 17th.
- Can I pay in advance to secure the discount before we’ve been accepted?
Yes. Even if you are not done with your application, interview or have been accepted, you can pay in advance to secure one of our 2 discounts. However, if you are not accepted, you will be refunded what you paid minus $500. If you are accepted, there are no additional fees.
- After my child has been accepted, by when do I need to submit payment?
After being accepted, we hold spots for families to make payment. However, we cannot hold spots for more than 5 business days because we have many other families waiting to be accepted and a limited number of openings. If you end up paying after the 5 day window, we will notify you if your spot has been secured. If there are no spots available by the time your payment is received, you will receive a full refund.
- Do you provide food during the day?
No. Children are required to bring a lunch, snack, and drink.
- What type of schools do your campers attend during the school year? Do you accept children without IEPs?
We accept children from all types of schools, such as private, public, special education and home schooling. An IEP is not required.
- Do you accept children from outside Manhattan?
Of course! While the majority of our campers reside in Manhattan and the 5 boroughs, we receive applications from across the United States and abroad, such as Haiti, Italy, China and Costa Rica.
- Do you allow paras, shadows and SEITs to attend camp with the child?
Yes. We allow outside providers to attend camp on a case by case-by-case basis. However, the specifics of how the SEIT will participate is based on the judgement of the group Assistant Director and the child’s needs. We work together to create a plan that works for our program, the family and the child.
- What is your payment policy?
We accept cash or check, but do not offer payment plans at this time. You can also pay via PayPal but there is an additional 3.5% administrative fee. Payment is required in full to secure enrollment. You can also wire transfer payment or mail payment to our UWS location (107 W 82nd St, 106, NY, NY 10024).
- How do I pay the application fee with Venmo?
After you download the Venmo app and sign up, search for “Manhattan Psychology Group” and enter the exact payment amount. In the “What it’s for” section, enter “BADP App Fee” and your child’s initials so we know where to apply your payment. **Most importantly: always select the audience as “Participants Only” so that your payments are private, and not shared with your friends or Venmo public. You can make this privacy setting automatic by going to settings>sharing>select default audience as “Participants Only.”
- Do you accept health insurance?
No. However, portions of BADP may be reimbursable via out-of-network health insurance. At the end of the program, we will provide a receipt for parents to submit for out-of-network reimbursement. Also, during your application, we can provide a sample receipt for parents to use to verify reimbursement with their insurance company.
- What types of child difficulties are not appropriate for BADP?
We are not equipped to help children with severe cognitive or language impairment, who are aggressive or who might 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. Students ages 7-12 with shadows during the school year are generally not appropriate for BADP or kids who are not interested in peer socialization.
- Is BADP nut-free?
No. Campers can bring any type of food they choose for snack or lunch. However, we have a general policy that children are not allowed to share food. Children with severe allergies might be given special seating during snack time and lunch to keep them safe.
- Can BADP administer medication during the day?
Yes. We can administer prescribed medications as needed with parental consent. We have a full-time nurse.
Any questions, please contact us.