Dr. Pe, from the Lourdes Counseling Center, explained the benefits of the Lourdes Children's Day Program on the KNDU.

Lourdes Children’s Day Program Featured on KNDU

Posted on August 30, 2011

Dr. Pe, from the Lourdes Counseling Center, explained the benefits of the Lourdes Children’s Day Program on the KNDU.

Dr. Pe says the program combines education with fun activities and the result is therapeutic. He explains,

“This is like school, although it could be more fun because it’s a smaller group of kids. They get more individual instruction. There’s a feeling of being accepted and understood.”

There are two different sessions of the Children’s Day Program, an 8 week summer session and the school year program. Dr. Benjamin Pe, Child Psychiatrist, says,

“The Children’s Day Program essentially was set up to help kids. So if they’re not successful in the public school system, it gives them another option.”

During the school year, school districts have to refer students to the CDP, and pay for them. In the summer, however, the program is funded through grants and other support. Dr. Pe says often the children who attend the CDP are developmentally disabled, emotionally disturbed, sometimes aggressive, violent, depressed, withdrawn, anxious, or have other diagnoses.

Dr. Pe says the program combines education with fun activities and the result is therapeutic. He explains,

“This is like school, although it could be more fun because it’s a smaller group of kids. They get more individual instruction. There’s a feeling of being accepted and understood.”

The CDP hopes that difference will carry over. Dr. Pe explains,

“Our primary focus really is for them to be well-integrated with their families and their school.”