Understanding and managing ADHD

A group program for children ages 6-12 and their parents.

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that includes a combination of problems such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior that is maladaptive and developmentally inappropriate.

Why does this ADHD group program work?

The program works because both children and parents work on understanding ADHD, managing ADHD and developing similar skills at the same time but in separate stress free environments. They learn in an appropriate way for their level of understanding, with peers for support and therapists for guidance.

What are the goals of the ADHD Groups?

  • Empower parents in the management of their child’s ADHD (Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder) symptoms and help their child succeed
  • Empower children by understanding ADHD, learning coping skills and managing frustration

She was failing at school and labeled a bad kid. The Children’s Center helped us manage her behaviors, and now she’s getting good grades. I knew she was smart.

– Mary’s Mom, ADHD Client

Services provided

  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric services
  • Psychological testing
  • Case management services
  • Nursing health assessment

Parent benefits

  • Improve their understanding of the Disorder
  • Manage their child’s behavior
  • Improve communications with child
  • Reduce stress for all family members
  • Learn how to be advocates for their child
  • Work with the child’s teacher

Topics covered:

  • Understanding ADHD
  • Effective behavior management
  • Skills targeting specific problems common to most children with ADHD
  • Use of positive attention
  • How to manage behavior
    – Prompting and promoting desired behaviors
    – Reducing undesired behaviors
  • Promoting child compliance to rules and instructions
  • Homework supports and keeping my child organized
  • Managing child behavior in public places
  • Maintaining positive change over time

Child benefits

  • How to cope with frustration and other negative feelings in a fun and supportive environment

Topics covered:

  • Understanding the brain and ADHD
  • “Why do I have to take meds and what do they do?”
  • Understanding thoughts and situations that create frustration
  • Problem solving and organization
  • Coping with negative feelings
  • Recognizing and managing anger
  • Reducing outbursts

When does the program take place?

This program is offered numerous times throughout the year. It consists of 12 weekly group sessions, 90 minutes each.

Where is the program offered?

It is being offered at the ADHD Clinic located on The Children’s Center Campus at 79 Alexandrine West, Detroit, MI 48201

How do I sign up?

Call The Children’s Center Intake Department at 313.262.1212 to sign up or to receive more information about this program.