In Situ Cues for ADHD Parenting Strategies Using Mobile Technology

Laura Pina, Asta Roseway, Mary Czerwinski, and Kael Rowan


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



Publication typeInproceedings
PublisherIEEE Pervasive Health
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