Parents invited to take part in free AD/HD parenting program

23 August 2013

Researchers in the Department of Psychology will be running a well-known parenting program this year as part of an evaluation study of the program. Run over four evening sessions with later follow up, all parents who have children diagnosed with AD/HD and between 5 and 12 years of age are welcome to attend.

“Children with AD/HD generally have deficits with impulse control, which can be extremely frustrating and stressful for parents.  Evaluating parenting techniques that reduce parental stress and increase parents’ ability to manage difficult behaviour in a positive manner is important to understanding which parenting strategies are effective in managing the behaviour of children with AD/HD,” says lead researcher, Julie Chesterfield.

As a registered psychologist and specialist teacher, Julie has had considerable experience as a classroom teacher and a learning support teacher in both public and private schools, and in private practice.

“There have been many instances where children with AD/HD have been labelled ‘the naughty child’ and have made to feel different from their peers and even isolated, which is very upsetting for a child and their parents.  AD/HD behaviour can also be very disruptive to family life.  Establishing which parenting techniques are effective is crucial to helping parents meet the challenges of raising a child with AD/HD,” Chesterfield says.

The program will be run over four evening sessions during the fourth school term, with an evening booster session 4 weeks later and anonymous follow-up questionnaires 3 months later. The program will be offered FREE OF CHARGE to eligible parents.

If you would like to take part, or have further queries about this study, please call Julie Chesterfield (Department of Psychology, Macquarie University) on 0412 414 114 (if unanswered, please leave a clear voicemail), text, or email julie.chesterfield@students.mq.edu.au and leave your phone number.

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