Nov 092015
 

It’s no secret among parents with ADHD that many children with ADHD have social skills problems and have difficulty making friends. Have a look at some of the research that Dr. Amori Mikami’s Peer Relationships in Childhood Lab has done on ADHD children. They are also not afraid to have some fun:)

Dr. Amori Mikami and the researchers and clinicians at her Peer Relations in Childhood LabIf you’re the parent of an ADHD child age 6-11 in the Vancouver BC area or willing to travel to Vancouver whose child

has ADHD and should have some difficulty getting along with peers, making or keeping friends, or with social skills. Other children in the study are typically developing without these concerns.

And want to help them learn social skills and make and keep friends? Then check out UBC psychology professor Dr. Amori Mikami’s new ADHD parent support group.

Dr. Amori Mikami, director of the Peer Relationships Lab and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC, has a special interest in designing interventions that teach parents strategies to assist children with peer problems. And now, she’s specifically looking at children with ADHD…

It’s no secret that childhood friendships can have a significant influence on the rest of our lives. Most adults, for example, can still remember who their best friends were when they were growing up. In addition to their sentimental value, psychology research tells us that these early peer relationships are crucial for feeling comfort and companionship as well as learning valuable social skills, such as sharing and compromising.

However, building friendships may not come naturally for children with ADHD. Their parents need to know how to talk to their child about peer problems – and how to help them with social issues. Dr. Amori Mikami, director of the Peer Relationships Lab and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC, has a special interest in designing interventions that teach parents strategies to assist children with peer problems. And now, she’s specifically looking at children with ADHD.

Here are the details of what they’re offering you.

For families of children with ADHD, we offer 10 weeks of parenting support groups.

The purpose of the groups is to help parents learn more about their child’s ADHD and social problems, to receive social support from other families going through the same thing, and to help parents better handle these issues in their children.

Groups take place on a weekday evening at a time that is convenient for parents. Groups are held at the Vancouver Coastal Health Sunrise site (2750 Hastings Street East, Vancouver) and child care is provided if needed.

In addition we ask for families to make up to four visits to UBC (over a 1 year period) to complete research measures about their child’s functioning, and we will want to ask teachers to report on how the child is doing in school. Payment is provided for completing these measures.

Children with ADHD do not have to already be diagnosed to take part in the study. It is okay if children are taking medication for ADHD as long as they are on a stable dose. And, it does not matter where families live in order to take part in the program, as long as families are willing to travel to Vancouver.

To find out more information or to sign up, please contact 604-822-8756 or peerlab@psych.ubc.ca

Pete Quily

See my other blog Adult ADD Strengths http://adultaddstrengths.com See also my 180+ page Adult ADHD website ADDCoach4u http://www.addcoach4u.com

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