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Raising a child with ADHD can be distressing and exhausting for the whole family. But given the appropriate knowledge, and the right tools, parents can intervene to manage their child's behaviour, leading to improved relationships at home and, it is hoped, a more successful time at school.
This simple, flexible six-step programme is full of tried-and-tested ideas for parents and professionals supporting families of young children with ADHD. By practicing the techniques and strategies, parents will gain confidence in their parenting and, over time, will improve the child's management of the condition. The programme includes games that will help improve the child's attention, exercises to develop patience and tips for supporting the child in successful self-organization. There are also plenty of useful ideas for developing communication between parents and schools.
Based on research and extensive clinical experience, Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD will help families to adapt their parenting to the child, improving relationships and behaviours in the home and at play group.
A flexible six-step programme for parents and professionals supporting families of children with ADHD
Cathy Laver-Bradbury, Margaret Thompson, Anne Weeks, David Daley and Edmund J. S. Sonuga-Barke
Part 1: What is ADHD and What Can We Do About It? Chapter 1: Introduction. What is childhood ADHD? The Six Step Parenting Programme. Understanding ADHD. Theories as to why children have ADHD. The brain in children with ADHD. Chapter 2: Parenting a child with ADHD. What can you do to help your child. Children with ADHD have strength too. Personalizing the steps to meet your needs. Children with ADHD who are also temperamentally sensitive. The importance of adapting (tailoring) your parenting. Chapter 3: An Overview of the Programme. The task and skills used in the programme. What affects your parenting? Parents with ADHD themselves. The Six Steps: Overview for parents. Part 2: The Six -Step Parenting Programme. Step 1: How does ADHD appear in your child? Skills overview for Step 1. Tasks overview for Step 1. Inital tasks: preparing yourself. Skill 1. Making eye contact. Skill 2 Recruiting your child's attention before giving instructions. Skill 3 Listening and helping your child to listen. Skill 4 Notice the good things your child does (catch the good). Skill 5 Be aware that your child copies you (mirror image). Skill 6 Begin to notice what your child is able to do (scoping). Skill 7 Remember to speak with respect to your child. Tasks for Step 1 you need to carry out now. Recap and review. Step 2: Strategies to help children with ADHD. Skills overview for Step 2. Remember when changing your approach. Tasks overview for Step 2. Thinking through how the first step has gone. Skill 1 Scaffolding. Skill 2 Identifying and using teachable moments. Skill 3 Earshotting. Skill 4 How to adopt a consistent routine. Skill 5 Giving clear boundaries and house rules. Skill 6 Using countdowns and delay fading. Skill 7 Giving clear messages. Skill 8 using short sentences. Skill 9 Using choices. Skill 10 Avoiding confrontations and arguments. Skill 11 Keeping calm. Skill 12 Calming you child. Task: using play to help your child's attention and concentration. The tasks Step 2. Recap and Review. Assessing your child's abilities. Step 3: Helping your child's attention through play. Skills overview for Step 3. Tasks overview for Step 3. How have the past two steps gone? Skill 1 Recognizing the importance of play. Skill 2 Attention-training play. Skill 3 Encouraging listening skills. Skill 4 'We' and 'I' and tone of voice. Skill 5 Discussion of emotions and extending your child's langauge. Skill 6 Choices revisited. Tasks for step 3. Recap and Review. Step 4: Improving your child's communication. Skills overview for Step 4. Tasks overview for Step 4. Skill 1 Expanding your child's language through play. Skill 2 Working on tone of voice. Skill 3 Setting clear goals and expectations. Skill 4 Temper tantrums and distraction techniques. Skill 5 Anticipation. Skill 6 Quiet time. Skill 7 Time out. Skill 8 Cueing your child to tasks and changes of task. Skill 9 Coping with delay. Skill 10 Talking about and showing feelings. Task for step 4. Recap and Review. Step 5: Managing your ADHD child outside of the home. Skills overview for Step 5. Tasks overview for Step 5. Parent checklist - self monitoring Skill 1 Listening, sharing feelings and mutal respect. Skill 2 Extending the use of timers. Skill 3 Calming your child outside the home. Skill 4 More on earshotting. Skill 5 Repetition of instructions. Skill 6 House rules and the outside world. Skill 7 Rewards. Skill 8 Teachable moments in depth. tasks for Step 5. Parents with symptoms of ADHD themselves. Recap and review. Step 6: Times Ahead. Skills overview for Step 6. Tasks overview for Step 6. Introduction to Step 6. Skill 1 How to cope during difficult times. Skill 2 Seeking help when you need it. Tasks for Step 6. To conclude: general hints and tips. Resources. Practice scenarios. Review sheet. Parents' checklist for self-monitoring. Further information about ADHD.