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In Situ Cues for ADHD Parenting Strategies Using Mobile Technology

Laura Pina, Kael Rowan, Asta Roseway, Paul Johns, Gillian R. Hayes, and Mary Czerwinski


Parenting is always demanding, but it has especially unique challenges when children experience neurodevelopmental problems, such as ADHD. To address the needs of parents with ADHD children, research in the area of Parental Behavioral Therapy is accelerating. This type of therapy focuses on behavioral strategies that, if practiced regularly, can have a positive impact on the child’s long-term behavior, as well as a reduction in parental stress. While these strategies are simple, there are hurdles to putting them into practice. First, parents may be struggling with their own neurodevelopmental issues. Second, due to the needs of their children, parents are under a lot of stress—this is in addition to regular, daily life stresses. Our work explores how to monitor parents’ stress and offers in situ support to remind parents of behavioral strategies to practice in moments of duress. We gained insight into how to design for the dynamics of families with ADHD children by using a prototype of our system as a probe. Our goal was to bring to the forefront simple strategies that can positively impact family ties and enhance the wellbeing of the child. We will present results that suggest that when interventions are cued during moments of duress, technology might prove very useful in support of behavioral therapy.


Publication typeInproceedings
PublisherIEEE Pervasive Health
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