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Parenting a child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presents most parents with many challenges. Research has shown that teaching parents about ADHD and how to appropriately use behavioral management principles can be an effective component in the successful management of their child’s ADHD, either in combination with medication management or alone. Such training can help:
Our program teaches parents skills targeting specific problems common to most children who have ADHD. Moreover, parents learn how to be advocates for their child. The goal of our program is to empower parents to manage their child’s ADHD more effectively and to help their child succeed.
To increase the availability of this treatment within the Cincinnati area, the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers behaviorally based parenting groups for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD at the Center for ADHD, located at the Cincinnati Children’s Oak Campus, as well as at several of our other neighborhood locations throughout the year.
Our parent group program, Understanding and Managing ADHD, consists of eight weekly sessions that focus on teaching parents behavioral management strategies they can use at home and school to improve the functioning of children ages 6 to 12 with ADHD. Children do not attend these parenting groups. Instead, parents work with their child at home to apply the strategies they learn to address their child’s difficulties. In addition, parents learn how to work with their child’s teacher to deal with problems the child may have at school.
Because the skills taught in each week’s session build upon the information presented in previous sessions, it is important that parents understand that they must commit to attending all eight sessions, with no absences, to maximize the benefits they and their children obtain from this group program.
There are many benefits of attending Understanding and Managing ADHD:
We offer a separate program for parents of difficult-to-manage preschool children (ages 3-5 years). It is appropriate for parents of preschoolers who display difficult-to-manage behaviors, whether or not they have been diagnosed with ADHD. The group meets once a week for six weeks and is designed to provide parents with education, support and training in parenting strategies that can improve a child’s behavior. The “Parenting the Difficult Preschooler” program is typically offered at the Cincinnati Children’s Burnet Campus and Mason Campus several times throughout the year.
To learn more about the Parenting the Difficult Preschooler parent group and to be put on the waiting list for the next available group, call our office at 513-636-4336, option #.
Families may register by:
* A physician referral* Self-referral
To be eligible a child must:
* Be between the ages of 6 and 12* Have formally been diagnosed with ADHD
Parents will be contacted a couple of months before the start of a particular group to schedule an initial interview.
View the Behavior Group therapy schedule, including location information.
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