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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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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