NARRATOR: For the kids at this camp, summer means more than just playing sports, making crafts and meeting new friends.
DR. KAREN FLEISS: The NYU summer program is specifically set up and designed to meet the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
NARRATOR: Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, have trouble making friends and following directions, so traditional camp setting do not always have the tools to deal with these children.
For parents like Sandra Birkhold, that can mean summer stress for both her and her son.
SANDRA BIRKHOLD: They didn't have the positive influence that he requires and, over time, we got thrown out of camps, we got asked to leave because the behavior was very disruptive not only to him but to the other children in his camp.
NARRATOR: The New York University Summer Program, however, is different. Here, specially-trained counselors work with the children to teach them important skills.
DR. KAREN FLEISS: It is very structured, there's a lot of routine, a lot of repetition. There's a real emphasis on helping children to develop the skills that they don't have. For example, there's a big push to help them develop social skills.
NARRATOR: Parents, too, learn the skills they need to help their children after the camp day is over.