• Understanding and Managing ADHD Groups for Parents of Children with ADHD

    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:

    1. Improve a parent’s understanding and ability to manage his or her child’s behavior 
    2. Improve a parent’s interactions with his or her child 
    3. Reduce stress for all family members    

    Our parent group programs teach 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 programs are 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. (Download a PDF of the Group Therapy Schedule, with date, time and location information.)

    Our original parent group program, Understanding and Managing ADHD in Children ages 6 to 12, consists of eight weekly sessions, typically lasting 90 minutes each. The focus of the group is to teach 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.

    Topics Covered in Understanding and Managing ADHD in Children ages 6 to 12:

    • Understanding ADHD
    • Principles to guide the effective management of ADHD
    • Principles of effective behavior management
    • Use of positive attention to promote positive behavior
    • Promoting child compliance to instructions and rules 
    • Prompting and promoting desired behaviors
    • Promoting success with homework
    • Working with teachers to reduce problems in the classroom
    • Reducing undesired behaviors
    • Managing child behavior in public places
    • Maintaining positive change over time

    There are many benefits of attending Understanding and Managing ADHD in Children ages 6 to 12:

    • Increases parent understanding of ADHD and the impact it has on a child’s emotional, behavioral, academic and social functioning
    • Decreases the stigma often associated with ADHD
    • Facilitates parental support as parents learn more effective ways of managing their child’s behavior
    • Empowers parents to be advocates for their child with ADHD
    • Encourages parents to be involved in improving their child’s functioning at home, with peers and at school

    Understanding and Managing ADHD in Preschoolers

    Because ADHD is being identified in children at younger ages, we have developed a version of our parent group specifically to meet the needs of children ages 3.5 to 5 years who have or are suspected of having ADHD.  This program, Understanding and Managing ADHD in Preschoolers, consists of eight weekly sessions that focus on teaching parents behavioral management strategies they can use at home, in day care, at preschool, or in the kindergarten classroom, and out in public to improve the functioning of preschool-aged children who have or are suspected of having 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 day care provider or preschool/kindergarten teacher to deal with problems the child may have in those settings.

    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.

    The following topics are covered in Understanding and Managing ADHD in Preschoolers: 

    • What is ADHD and how does it impact a child’s day-to-day behavior
    • Using behavior management principles to promote positive behaviors
    • Using positive attention to promote desired behaviors
    • Promoting child compliance to instructions and rules
    • Strategies for prompting and promoting desired behaviors
    • Dealing with emotion dysregulation
    • Working with a child’s caregiver or teacher to address problems in the day care, preschool, or kindergarten settings
    • The appropriate role of punishment in managing ADHD-related behaviors
    • Promoting positive behavior in public
    • Maintaining positive changes in a child’s behavior over time

    There are many benefits of attending Understanding and Managing ADHD in Preschoolers:

    • Increases parent understanding of ADHD and the impact it has on a child’s emotional, behavioral, academic and social functioning
    • Decreases the stigma often associated with ADHD
    • Facilitates parental support as parents learn more effective ways of managing their child’s behavior
    • Empowers parents to be advocates for their child with ADHD
    • Encourages parents to be involved in improving their child’s functioning at home, with peers and at school

    To enroll in an upcoming group in either of these programs, please call the CCHMC Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology Intake Office at (513) 636-4336, option # (hash key).

  • Registration Information

    Families may register by:

    A physician referral
    Self-referral

    To be eligible for the Understanding and Managing ADHD in Children ages 6 to 12 group a child must:

    Be between the ages of 6 and 12
    Have a formal diagnosis of ADHD

    Parents must complete and return a packet of materials no later than 2 weeks before the start of a particular group to finalize their enrollment.

    To be eligible for the Understanding and Managing ADHD in Preschoolers group, a child must:

    Be 3.5 to 5 years of age
    Have either a diagnosis of ADHD or be suspected of having ADHD

    Parents will be scheduled for an initial interview with the psychologist conducting the group they enroll in prior to the start of the group program. These interviews typically occur within the 4-6 week period prior to the first scheduled group session.

  • ADHD Group Therapy Schedule

    View the ADHD Group Therapy Schedule (PDF), including date, time and location information.