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Children's Mercy summer camp uses constant feedback to help kids with ADHD

The 10-year-old smacked the first pitch he saw, sending the runner on first dashing toward second base-and into left field.

A whistle's shriek brought play to a halt as the counselor in center field and other players surrounded the runner to explain the rules.

The counselor then asked a girl in right field to repeat the rule back to him and awarded her 10 points when she did.

Pickup games, academic sessions and even bathroom breaks work a little differently at a summer camp for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Children's Mercy Hospital's Summer Treatment Program, now in its fourth year, is an intensive seven-week day camp designed for children ages 6-14. 

"This program targets all of the things affected by ADHD, and it's unique because it happens in a real-world setting that we don't have in a clinic," said Carla Allan, the camp's director and child psychologist at the Children's Mercy ADHD clinic.

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