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As adolescents reach middle school and enter high school, they experience an increase in academic demands and expectations (class work and homework load, number of teachers and classes to juggle, and organization of various activities). For adolescents with ADHD, the increase in demands and expectations of higher grade levels and, at times, the loss of academic supports provided in elementary school may lead to a decline in grades or academic failure. Our Academic Success for Young Adolescents with ADHD group program is designed to meet the needs of adolescents with ADHD who are in Middle School (grades 6 through 8), while our Academic Success for High Schoolers with ADHD group is designed for adolescents with ADHD who are in their freshman and sophomore year of high school. Both group programs teach adolescents and their parents specific strategies targeting academic improvement that work for most adolescents with ADHD. Moreover, parents and adolescents learn how to advocate for appropriate accommodations or other assistance at school.
Yes. The parent will attend all sessions, while the adolescent will attend all but one session (one session is parents-only). In these sessions, parents and adolescents will work together to learn and apply specific strategies to improve the adolescent’s academic success with homework and in the classroom.
The strategies taught in these programs are appropriate for adolescents who have a primary diagnosis of ADHD, who are either in sixth through eighth grades or in their freshman or sophomore year of high school, and who are experiencing academic difficulties.
The following topics are covered in the Academic Success for Young Adolescents with ADHD program:
The following topics are covered in the Academic Success for High Schoolers with ADHD program:
Both of these groups are offered at the beginning of the fall (August-September) and spring (January-February) semesters. To sign up for either group program, call the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology's Intake Office at 513-636-4336, option #.
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