Often, NYC parents of children with special needs struggle to find an appropriate summer program for their children. Big Apple Day Program (BADP) is a new therapeutic summer program that aims to offer an additional choice for NYC parents of children with special needs.
Big Apple Day Program (BADP) is a Manhattan co-ed summer day program for children ages 5-18 with emotional, behavioral, developmental and/or learning difficulties. BADP is an empirically-based, behaviorally-oriented program with highly-trained staff who integrate individualized goals with academic remediation, social skill training, and recreational sports. BADP provides a fun, safe and therapeutic summer experience for children with special needs.
GOALS & APPROACH
BADP provides skill building in the areas of: peer relationships, problem-solving, self-esteem, academic performance, anger management, and behavioral compliance. BADP employs a behaviorally-oriented social skills program, consisting of: point/token economy, time-out, daily report cards, individualized goals, daily and weekly rewards, and weekly parent education classes.
Children participate in social skills training, art learning, group problem-solving, recreational team sports, classroom academic sessions, and field trips. Older adolescents also participate in interpersonal skills group, adolescent issues group, and business meetings where they learn to responsibly plan and execute long-term community projects.
BADP accepts boys and girls, ages 5-18, with various social-emotional difficulties, such as ADHD, Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, Anxiety, Behavior Problems and Learning Disabilities. Children are assigned to age-appropriate groups of 9-12. BADP is not appropriate for children with severe behavioral or cognitive impairment, children with physical disabilities who might require 1:1 assistance, or adolescents with substance abuse or self/other-harm concerns.
BADP is led by Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, a NY & NJ licensed clinical psychologist who practices in Manhattan, and has presented and published on Asperger’s Syndrome and the behavioral treatment of ADHD. The program maintains a minimum of 1:3 staff-to-child ratio in all activities. BADP staff includes: psychologists, special education teachers, and specially-trained counselors.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & REIMBURSEMENT
First, BADP offers a sliding scaled based on documented financial need. Second, as a comprehensive program, families with IEPs can apply for extended year and/or Carter reimbursement. Third, some portions of the program may be reimbursable via out-of-network health insurance. Finally, the program is tax deductible as a medical or educational expense.
Summer 2011 Session: July 11th – Aug 6th (4 wks) or 19th (6 wks)
Mon – Thurs, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Holy Name School: 202 West 97th St, New York, NY 10025
Visit www.BigAppleDayProgram.com to download an application, or contact Dr. Rosenthal at 646-801-2237 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.