What are the benefits of
going through a Medication Trial?
The medication trials offered by the ACET Program offer an objective,
databased trial of either methylphenidate or Adderall®. These
trials allow for a more impartial mediation trial than typical practice,
which operate on a trial-by-error system of increasing/decreasing
doses based on subjective feedback from parents. The ACET Program
medication trials require more objective feedback from both parent
and teacher, and effects of medication are monitored closely for
both positive and negative side effects.
How long do the Medication
The actual trial lasts 4 to 5 weeks, depending on a number of different
factors (i.e., age, prior involvement with psychostimulant medication).
Four to five sessions are scheduled weekly on Friday afternoons.
Baseline information is gathered at the first session, which will
be used to evaluate the effects of medication as well as possible
Why is there a placebo week
The medication trial involves 3 weeks with random assignment of
dose and one week of a placebo pill. The placebo can clarify whether
psychostimulant medication is appropriate or contraindicated for
a childs treatment plan.
Summer Treatment Program (STP)
Does insurance cover the
cost of the STP?
Historically, health insurance may cover a portion of the cost;
however, coverage has been limited. Parents are encouraged to discuss
coverage with their insurance representative.
Do you offer any scholarships
or tuition cuts?
There may be some financial assistance available; however, these
arrangements are few and based on need.
Does my child need to be
diagnosed with ADHD in order to be accepted?
Yes. Children already diagnosed with ADHD do not need to be re-evaluated;
however, documentation of the diagnosis is required. Parents interested
in a formal diagnostic evaluation can schedule an appointment with
the ACET Program. All children are screened for symptoms of ADHD
during the application process regardless of diagnosis.
How many children are accepted
to the program?
Enrollment is limited to 44 children. Since previous summers have
incurred over 100 applications, parents are encouraged to apply
early. Children are accepted on a rolling admission policy, and
applications are reviewed in the order of their receipt.
How do I begin the application
Interested families should contact Kristina Shiever, STP Coordinator,
at 216-444-0075. Please leave a message indicating that you would
like an application packet sent to your address.
How can I receive more information?
To receive more information on the STP, please contact Kristina
Shiever, STP Coordinator, at 216-444-0075. Please leave a message
indicating that you would like information sent to your address.
During the STP, are children
involved with any academics?
As part of their daily activity, children engage in 3 Learning Centers:
Academic, Computer, and Art. During this time, children practice
skills that will allow them to become more successful in the classroom
environment (e.g., staying on task, following instructions, task
What is the child/counselor ratio, and who makes up
The program boasts a 2:1 child: counselor ratio. Five counselors,
one graduate student and four undergraduate students, supervise
each group of 10-11 children. Licensed teachers manage the academic
and computer learning centers.
How are parents involved
during the summer?
Parents are actively involved. Parents implement a Daily Reward
System that is individualized for each child. Parents are assisted
with this process during weekly parent training sessions, during
which they also learn about appropriate behavioral interventions
that can be implemented at home. Current research and strategies
for school involvement are also discussed.
Is any follow-up treatment offered as
part of the STP?
Children and their parents are involved in monthly booster sessions,
which meet throughout the school year. During these two-hour meetings,
parents engage in parent training while children participate in
typical STP activities under the supervision of the STP counselors.