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Building Relationships and Targeting Healthy Emotions (BREATHE)

Afterschool Program for Children with ADHD in Collaboration with the Haysville School District

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About the BREATHE program

KU School of Medicine-Wichita, in conjunction with the Haysville School-Based Health Clinic, is offering a free therapeutic afterschool program for K-5 students during the upcoming school year. The Building Relationships and Targeting Healthy Emotions (BREATHE) program will teach and reinforce social skills and behavior regulation in the context of sports and recreational activities.

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The BREATHE program offers something more than medication to help improve behavior in children with symptoms of ADHD. BREATHE is a 12-week, therapeutic afterschool program designed for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and related problems, and their parents. The program is adapted from an award-winning comprehensive summer treatment program that is tailored to each child's behavioral, emotional, and learning difficulties. BREATHE will help to develop the child's problem solving and social skills, and help the child gain the social awareness necessary to enable him or her to get along better with other children. The program will develop the child's abilities to follow through with instructions and complete tasks. Through the program, parents will also learn how to develop, reinforce and maintain these positive changes.

For kids

Children have the opportunity to build friendships and improve athletic skills. While the afterschool program is highly structured and emphasizes treatment, most children enjoy the program tremendously, as they would any recreational afterschool activity.

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For parents

Parents will attend weekly evening meetings to discuss ADHD treatments and learn the tools to extend the gains from the BREATHE program to the child's natural environment. The sessions help parents work with their children to change unacceptable behavior at home, reduce noncompliant and disruptive behaviors, improve home task skills, and improve relationships with parents and siblings. Parents and children enrolled in the program will be provided a meal during the parent session. Children will also be given time to complete schoolwork, with staff available to assist. (We are unable to accommodate siblings or other children not enrolled in the program.)

BREATHE is adapted from the nationally recognized Summer Treatment Program founded by William E. Pelham Jr.

Frequently Asked Questions

Children in grades K-5 are eligible to participate in the program, with enrollment limited to those who meet certain criteria. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians or parents.


The majority of each afterschool session consists of recreational group activities that implement a variety of treatment components. Each group is led by multiple treatment specialists who carry out behavior modification programs designed to treat children's problems in a group context. Children will also be given time to complete schoolwork, with staff available to assist.


There is no cost to families, as the program has been generously funded by grant support from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS).


Our team

The BREATHE program is led by Dr. Nicole Klaus, a board-certified child and adolescent psychologist with more than 12 years of experience treating children with ADHD, along with Dr. Zachary Blackhurst. The program is implemented by a team of highly trained undergraduate behavior therapists, graduate students in psychology and educational specialists. In general, there are five staff members for every group of 12-14 children. Doctoral-level psychologists supervise all aspects of the program to ensure high-quality, individualized behavioral intervention for your child. The BREATHE program uses only treatments that have been well documented and shown to be effective through research. Additionally, our program staff continues to carefully evaluate treatment effectiveness, both at the individual level and for the program as a whole.

Nicole Klaus, Ph.D.
Nicole Klaus, Ph.D., ABPP
BREATHE Director

Zachary Blackhurst
Zachary Blackhurst, Ph.D., LP
BREATHE Director

Joshua Sensenbaugh
Joshua Sensenbaugh, Psy.D.
BREATHE Assistant Director

Interested in joining our team?

BREATHE is looking to hire 10 energetic staff members to help facilitate our afterschool program. Counselors should have experience working with children or adolescents in settings such as summer camps, or afterschool, sports, day care or educational programs. Counselors will implement an extensive positive and negative behavior modification treatment program including feedback and associated consequences, daily and weekly rewards, social praise and attention, appropriate commands and removal from positive reinforcement. Counselors with deliver the treatment components during recreational periods and must have the ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp, feel, talk, hear and be capable of repetitive motion.

Counselors will attend at least four half-day trainings, beginning in August 2022. Counselors will work 7 hours per week (Tuesdays 2:30-6 p.m.; Wednesdays 3:30-7 p.m.) which includes staff meetings and additional training. Counselors will get at least 120 hours of direct clinical experience plus 64 hours of training, supervision and support activities. Counselors will be paid a session stipend.

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Contact us

  • Call 316-293-2691 for more information about the BREATHE program.
  • See the program flyer (PDF)
KU School of Medicine-Wichita

1010 North Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214-3199