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      Efficacy of parent information sessions for understanding Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity disorder children

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          Abstract

          Background: The Complex Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Service (CAHDS) conduct caregiver information sessions across a number of different topics throughout each year. The aim of these workshops is to help caregivers better understand and relate to their child with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The four workshops cover different topics related to ADHD, and are facilitated by related disciplines. The topics covered include; understanding your childs behaviour, family self-care and stress management, Social connectedness and communication, sensory processing and ADHD.

          Objective: To assess the efficacy of the caregiver information workshops on caregiver belief in their understanding, use of strategies, and resources, to help their child with ADHD.

          Method: Caregivers who had children with or previously with the CAHDS service were invited to attend workshops held throughout the year. Caregivers complete a feedback survey before and after the session, and the results were compared. Data was collected from 2016 to 2019.

          Results: For each of the workshop topics, caregivers reported a weak to moderate improvement in their understanding, strategies, and resources for helping their children with ADHD. Significance and sampling issues are discussed.

          Conclusions: Information sessions for caregivers present as an efficacious treatment approach in the understanding and support of children with ADHD.

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          23 November 2020
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Complex Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Department of Health, Western Australia; Lawson Clinical Psychology
          [2 ] Complex Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Department of Health, Western Australia
          [3 ] Complex Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Department of Health, Western Australia; The University of Western Australia; Telethon Kids Institute
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          10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPKMCHM.v1

          This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

          The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

          Psychology

          Adolescent Psychology, Attention, ADHD, Parent, Early Intervention, Psychology, Child Psychology

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