We are very proud at Quest to have evidence-based research that supports what parents and professionals have seen since 1989!
Strong, Effective Treatment
The results from Lisa Greenberg’s study demonstrated treatment benefits rarely seen in psychological programs. Children who come to Quest struggling to make friends, handling frustration and conquering their fears, leave with increased self-esteem and improved peer and family relationships.
Their fears and frustrations are reduced and behavioral problems become less influential in their lives. In the research study, gains were found across diagnostic, ethnic, age, income, medication status and gender groups and across clinical importance measures, including reliable change, clinical equivalence, effect size, and global impairment indices.
Quest Therapeutic Camp demonstrates large effects in improving overall functioning in different settings and medium effect sizes in reducing problem behaviors and improving social skills based on parent and counselor report.
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Improvement in Social Function
Forty-seven campers participated in the Assistant Director, Kyle Smith’s, thesis study over the course of two summers. Among CBCL sub-scales Social Problems and Aggressive Behavior significantly improved.
For the SRS-2, improvements in scores on the Social Awareness, Social Cognition, and Social Communication sub-scales and its total score were significant. Finally, changes in scores on the parent questionnaire were significant.
The study’s improvements in social functioning and reduction of aggressive behavior demonstrated that the therapeutic camp treatment modality can bring about significant change over the course of a few weeks.
In particular, it further substantiates the findings regarding The Quest Therapeutic Model and specifically shows it as a promising treatment modality for ADHD, high functioning autism (previously known as Asperger’s Disorder), and other problem behaviors.
Children who come to Quest struggling to make friends, handling frustration and conquering their fears, leave with increased self-esteem and improved peer and family relationships.
Aggression & Social Problems
The decrease in CBCL aggression corroborates past findings related to aggression in children with ADHD. Theories of ADHD tie both aggression and emotion regulation to deficits in behavior inhibition.
Elements of Quest Camp, like goals related to impulse control, token-based reinforcement and teaching of critical thinking strategies, are designed to address deficits in behavioral inhibition.
It is possible that these interventions are responsible for improved impulse control, resulting in decreased aggression. Another explanation for the changes in aggression could be related to Quest’s emotion regulation interventions, like coping skills training and emotional labeling.
In the camp setting, opportunities to use more appropriate coping skills like deep breathing or progressive relaxation are plentiful, and campers who use such skills are reinforced.
The social problems sub-scale of the CBCL and the social awareness, social cognition and social communications sub-scales of the SRS-2, as well the SRS-2 total score, improved significantly.
These improvements suggest that Quest Camp may shrink the social deficits that are observed in children with ADHD and are endemic to children with high functioning autism.
The specific sub-scales that showed significant improvement coincide with the emphases of Quest Camp’s social interventions.
The social awareness sub-scale measures a child’s ability to observe social cues, the social cognition sub-scale is a representation of a child’s ability to interpret social cues, and the social communication sub-scale measures a child’s ability to communicate socially.
All of these concepts are routinely targeted by Quest Camp interventions through work with peers, modeling and reinforcement by counselors, and the cultivation of an environment that is conducive to practicing new social skills.
Observation of Change
Scores on the 15-item parent measure also improved significantly. This measure represented an aggregate of behavioral concerns parents might have about their child.
Though limited, this change suggests that, overall, parents observed an improvement in children’s behavior. This speaks to the generalization of the camp’s treatments to the home setting.
Parent Estimates of Functioning
See What Parents Are Saying
Though limited, this change suggests that, overall, parents observed an improvement in children’s behavior.
This speaks to the generalization of the camp’s treatments to the home setting.
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Quest Therapeutic Camps of Southern California offer 7 weeks of summer day camps and rock climbing therapeutic social skills groups throughout the school year in Huntington Beach for children with mild to moderate social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties.
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