I am for ADHD: An Exploration in the Lives of and its Effects in Children with ADHD

Abstract

With various economic problems being faced by the Philippines, managing children with ADHD in the country requires not only effort and time but entails greater financial challenges as well. The study was conducted in a public school in Manila, which caters to students who belong to considerably low socio-economic status. These children can rarely sustain medications to alleviate the difficulties in their condition and be faced with inability to have continuous therapy sessions. This study shed light on the various difficulties in the executive functions of children with ADHD, and made use of the case study approach as basis for the creation of The ADHD Program. Called as I AM for children with ADHD (Intervention of Attention and Memory for Children with ADHD), this program con- sists of a combination of psycho-education and cognitive skills exercises (bimodal) for one hour each session in three (3) months. Employing the true experimental design, the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Functions (BRIEF) which were completed by parents, measured changes in attention and memory. Overall, this study has shown the effects of the program created in attention and memory which are the common difficulties reported by children with ADHD. Moreover, the program may help the families who are not able to avail professional services offered by private clinics. Under regular but minimal supervision of psychologists, the activities of the program can be done by parents in the comforts of their homes. Lastly, the study can also broaden horizons education.



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Francine Rose A. de Castro, University of the East, Philippines

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Conference: ACP2015
Stream: Psychology and Education

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