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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
From Stress To Challenge: Supporting Parents During The Transition Of Their ADHD Child To High School

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Abstract #277
From Stress to Challenge: Supporting Parents During the Transition of Their ADHD Child to High School
Presenter: Sylvie Normandeau Co - Presenters: Lily Hechtman, Jessica Vaillancourt, Julie Girard-Lapointe, Julie Allard  
Parents' major concerns about their ADHD child's transition to high school are their child's capacity to cope with the higher academic demands and their own ability to adjust their supervision of homework. This paper assesses the impact of a program to support academic skills of ADHD children during the transition to high school, on parental stress. Families were randomly assigned to the intervention group or the control group. Parents completed the Stress index for parents of adolescents (Sheras et al, 1998) at pretest and posttest. They also reported on the child's improvement in organizational and learning strategies at posttest. Following the intervention, parents expressed less stress about their adolescent's emotional reactions, and interpersonal development. They expressed fewer difficulties in coping with their responsibilities of parenting, more satisfaction in the relationship with their spouse, and more confidence in their ability to cope effectively with their adolescent. Furthermore, they observed improvement in their adolescent's organizational skills: attention, task initiation, planning and prioritization, organization of space and schedule, time management, perseverance. These preliminary findings suggest that parents became more resourceful in meeting future challenges, developed a more positive view of themselves and their child as a result of their participation to the program.


Sylvie Normandeau

Sylvie Normandeau is full professor at the Université de Montréal and scientific director at Centre jeunesse de Montréal, Institut universitaire (child protection services). Over the years she has been involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of prevention or... Read More →


Julie Allard

Research coordinator at Univesité de Montréal Julie Allard is a psychoeducator. She coordinates research programs at the Université de Montréal. She was involved in the development of the Trasition program for ADHD children and the parents.

Julie Girard-Lapointe

Graduate Student at Université de Montréal Julie Girard-Lapoint is a doctoral student in the school of psychoeducation at the Université de Montréal. She has been involved in community services for ADHD children. She participed in the Transition program for ADHD children and... Read More →

Lily Hechtman

Psychiatrist at Montreal's Children Hospital Lily Hechtman is child psychiatrist in the deparment of psychiatry and pediatrics at Montreal's Chldren's Hospital. She is recognized for her research and expertise in the treatment of ADHD children, adolescents and adults.

Jessica Vaillancourt

Research coordinator at Université de Montréal Jessica Vaillancourt is a psychoeducator. Over the last few years ahe has coordinated research programs and participated in the development of the Transition program for ADHD children and their parents.

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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