Parenting Hyperactive Preschoolers: Clinician Guide

ISBN : 9780190204631

Elizabeth Harvey; Sharonne D. Herbert; Rebecca M. Stowe
248 Pages
216 x 279 mm
Pub date
Jul 2015
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Parenting any preschooler can be challenging, but when hyperactivity and impulsivity are extreme, parenting requires extraordinary effort and skill. Parents need tools for helping their children behave in ways that are adaptive and socially appropriate and that will prevent their children from developing additional difficulties. Children who are hyperactive are at risk for developing emotional or behavioral disorders, and research suggests that helping parents to provide firm and consistent limits in a nurturing environment can significantly reduce hyperactivity and associated difficulties. Parenting Hyperactive Preschoolers provides a 14-week parent training and emotion socialization program that aims to help preschoolers who have symptoms of ADHD by teaching parents new ways of interacting with their children. This clinician's manual outlines each session and includes homework forms and handouts for parents and children. The treatment includes behavior management strategies that have been demonstrated to be effective for children with behavior problems and tailors these strategies to the specific needs of hyperactive preschoolers. Because children with ADHD have substantial difficulties with emotion regulation, this as an important component of the treatment protocol. The program is designed to be conducted in a group setting in 90 minute sessions, which also allows parents to receive support and input from each other, but can be easily adapted to sessions with individual parents.


Chapter 1 - Introductory Information for Clinicians
Chapter 2 - Group Logistics
Chapter 3 - Session 1: Introduction and Managing Hyperactive Behavior
Chapter 4 - Session 2: Using Praise Effectively
Chapter 5 - Session 3: Increasing Positive Interactions and Using Attention to Shape Children's Behavior
Chapter 6 - Session 4: Setting Up an Effective Reward System
Chapter 7 - Session 5: Using Commands to Guide Children's Behavior
Chapter 8 - Session 6: Using Logical and Natural Consequences and Rewards
Chapter 9 - Session 7: Using Time Out
Chapter 10 - Session 8: Teaching Children Problem-Solving and Negotiating Skills
Chapter 11 - Session 9: Learning About Emotion Development
Chapter 12 - Session 10: Teaching Children to Identify and Label Emotions
Chapter 13 - Session 11 & 12: Handling Children's Negative Emotion
Chapter 14 - Session 13: Giving Children Opportunities to Experience Positive Emotion
Chapter 15 - Session 14: Modeling Emotion Regulation and Expression
Appendix - Parent Handouts and Worksheets

About the author: 

Elizabeth Harvey, Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sharonne D. Herbert, Pediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital of Orange County, and Rebecca M. Stowe, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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