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(p. 41) Module 2: Special Time and Pleasant Activities Scheduling 

(p. 41) Module 2: Special Time and Pleasant Activities Scheduling
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(p. 41) Module 2: Special Time and Pleasant Activities Scheduling
Author(s):

Andrea Chronis-Tuscano

, Kelly O’Brien

, and Christina M. Danko

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190940119.003.0003
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date: 27 October 2020

During Module 2, parents increase pleasant activities with their child and on their own. Parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often get caught in the cycle of giving more corrective/negative feedback than positive feedback. This negative feedback loop can impact the parent–child relationship, the child’s behavior, and the parent’s mood. By the time they seek treatment, parents often say that they find it hard to enjoy time with their child. You will instill hope that, by using “Special Time,” the parent can begin to enjoy time with their child again and ultimately improve their relationship. In addition, parent participation in scheduled pleasant activities (away from their child and work/family demands) is emphasized as necessary to effectively parent a challenging child. Over the course of the program, one overarching goal is to help parents prioritize their self-care, for the sake of their own mental health and their family’s well-being.

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