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A project supported by the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

What is The Changing Lives Initiative?

The Changing Lives Initiative is aimed at families of children aged 3 to 7 years. It offers a programme for families consisting of an information and awareness programme, a screening programme, and an intervention in the form of a 20 session Incredible Years parent programme.

Parent Information and Awareness

Parents and family members are welcome to come to an information and awareness session where they can learn about ADHD, what it is and isn't, and what behaviours are consistent with ADHD. Information will be presented about current treatments and interventions for ADHD, and what The Changing Lives initiative is offering. Tips and parenting strategies to manage the challenges of living with a child experiencing behaviours consistent with ADHD will be provided.

Screening Programme

Parents who feel their child may be experiencing behaviour consistent with ADHD can go forward to a screening programme. This will involve parents filling out some standardised questionnaires about their child. If these questionnaires indicate that a family have a child who is experiencing behaviour consistent with ADHD, they will be allocated a place on the 20 session Incredible Years parent programme. The Changing Lives Initiative team will help all families who undertake the screening to identify appropriate resources and services that may be available to them and their children, even if our parent programme is not suitable for them.

20 Session Incredible Years Parent Programme

The parent programme is for carers of children who are experiencing behaviours consistent with ADHD. This programme will help parents gain additional skills to support their children. It is delivered once a week for two and a half hours.

The programme is aimed at helping parents to:

  • build a stronger relationship with their child.
  • help their child learn positive behaviours.
  • improve their child's confidence and self-esteem.
  • build upon their parenting skills.
  • help parents and families feel better about themselves and their children.
  • improve communication within the family

Teacher and Early Year Practitioners Information and Awareness

In addition to the sessions for families, there will be separate information and awareness sessions for teachers and early years practitioners. At these sessions participants will get information on ADHD and how it might present in children. ADHD related symptoms and learning problems will be examined. Participants will be introduced to techniques, interventions and strategies to enhance outcomes and ensure success for children experiencing behaviour consistent with ADHD.