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B.U.D.S. Program

B.U.D.S. is a summer treatment program run by the Program for ADHD & Disruptive Behavior at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. This 5-week summer program is intended for young children who demonstrate mild to moderate disruptive behavior. The program is developed and led by Dr. Vasco Lopes, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Who is the program intended for?

  • Young children between 6 and 9 years of age
  • Children who demonstrate disruptive behavior in their current classroom setting

How can this program help my child?

  • Improve listening to teacher instructions
  • Transition from activities more quickly
  • Help regulate activity level in the classroom
  • Improve frustration tolerance
  • Improve social skills
  • Help overcome school-related anxiety

What activities does the program entail?

We will simulate an early childhood classroom structure while engaging children with a mix of fun activities, challenging academic-like tasks, and therapeutic interventions.

Fun Activities:

  • Outdoor Play time
  • Field trips to museums, zoos, and other activities
  • Classroom play time

Academic-like Activities:

  • Story times
  • Arts & crafts
  • Academic games in math, reading, and writing

Therapeutic Interventions:

  • Positive reinforcements throughout the program day to improve positive school behavior
  • Social skills training to improve interactions with peers
  • Coping skills for frustration tolerance and emotion regulation

What are the different components of the program?

We incorporate evidence-based treatment approaches, including:

  • Positive reinforcements throughout the program day
  • Coping skills training
  • Social skills training
  • Daily Behavior Report Cards
  • Weekly Parent training meetings to help manage disruptive home behavior

Program Specifics:

The School at Columbia
556 W 110th Street (110th & Broadway)
New York, NY 10025

July 1st – August 2nd

Length of Program Day:
9:00 am-3:00 pm

Staffing ratio:
2 children per staff member

How to inquire about B.U.D.S. Program?

Contact Dr. Vasco Lopes

Phone: 212-342-0216


B.U.D.S. Program is directed  by Vasco Lopes, PsyD. Dr. Lopes is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Lopes has years of training and experience in treating children with behavioral and emotional dysregulation. Dr. Lopes is certified in gold-standard treatments for children with disruptive behaviors, including Parent-child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Parent Management Training. He has led numerous workshops and has consulted with many schools in training teachers on how to manage disruptive classroom behavior and has published several journal articles on childhood ADHD and emotional dysregulation.