Research has indicated that the number one treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a combination of stimulant medication and social skills training. The purpose of this blog is to give a primer for parents on skills training and what this constitutes for a child with a diagnosis of ADHD. There are four major components associated with skills training for a child with ADHD:
1. Parent training
Parent training focuses on inattentive and impulsive behaviors that are evident within the home environment. With this intervention, parents are taught specific behavioral strategies to help modify the child’s environment to best manage the behaviors in the home environment. Time is spent discussing changing the environment to limit distractions as well as create specific and practical schedules of reinforcement to improve the frequency and duration of positive behaviors while extinguishing negative behaviors.
2. Social skills training
Social skills training is often conducted in a group format and focuses on improving the child’s socialization skills in a safe setting. Here the child is forced to socially engage with same age peers. In addition, the group leader is able to provide immediate and practical feedback regarding the success or failures of the child’s success in the social setting. Read more