Small group intervention for children with attention disorders.

Gail M. Houck, Mary Catherine King, Bill Tomlinson, Ann Vrabel, Kathleen Wecks

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Children with attention disorders can experience adverse long-term effects on academic performance, vocational success, and socioemotional development. They experience some level of functional impairment that extends across settings, including the home and school. In combination with medication, group interventions with school-age children were found to be effective for enhancing social behavior. This article describes two practice improvement projects that provided group experiences for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, including disruptive behavior. Four skill domains were addressed: communication, friendship, self-control, and social problem solving. One project provided activities for early school-age children with ADHD who were treated with medication only. Another provided a support group on self-management for freshman boys with ADHD who were also treated with medication only. In both projects, the disruptive behavior of the participants decreased by the end of the group sessions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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