Notre Dame College Continues as Sole Host for Cleveland Clinic ADHD Summer Treatment Program

Notre Dame College and two of its alumni are once again leading a world-renowned summer camp at the College for youth with a documented learning difference.

The College continues its singular partnership with the Cleveland Clinic in 2018 as the sole host of the Clinic's Summer Treatment Program for children and adolescents aged 6-14 with ADHD symptoms. Fifty-eight students are participating in full time weekday sessions on campus through August 3 this year.

The camp is led by Ralph D’Alessio, who earned his psychology degree from Notre Dame in 2013 and is employed with the Clinic as assistant director of the ADHD summer treatment program. The seven-week program provides the youth and their families with individually designed treatment plans that address the children’s behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties.

For the second year, Patricia “Pat” Pensock Koch, a 1964 graduate of Notre Dame with majors in mathematics and English, is teaching a horticulture module and incorporating activities in the College’s on-campus community garden into the summer camp curriculum. Koch, a professional educator in Berea, Ohio, City Schools for more than 30 years, is a certified Master Gardener Volunteer with the Ohio State University Extension Office, and worked with the camp for the first time in 2017.

D’Alessio, who began working with the camp eight years ago as an intern while he was a student at Notre Dame, added the innovation of the gardening module. The annual experience educated youth primarily through classroom and athletics applications up until last season.

During the summer camp at Notre Dame, youth with ADHD strengthen social skills and awareness, learning skills and academic performance. The participants spend three hours each day in a classroom setting, followed by age-specific recreational activities such as swimming, soccer, baseball, basketball, gardening and cooking. The children also participate in group problem-solving discussions and teamwork exercises.

The Cleveland Clinic Summer Treatment Program is the only program selected for the national Multimodal Treatment of ADHD (MTA) study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Office of Education. More than 2,500 children and their parents have taken advantage of the camp.

June 2018


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For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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