ASSIST for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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The ASSIST for ADHD program is designed to assist classroom teachers in providing evidence-based interventions for a student in their classroom with ADHD. The program focuses on providing a deeper understanding of children with ADHD, as well as how to develop and implement a reward program in the classroom. Additional supports such as classroom organization, how to help with academics and homework, as well as how to address study and social skills are also included.

The ASSIST for ADHD Sessions:

Session 1 All About ADHD: An overview of ADHD and interventions

  • All About ADHD
  • Impact of ADHD
  • Interventions for Students with ADHD
  • Self-Care for Teachers & the Team Approach

Session 2 Taking the First Steps: A framework for thinking about behaviour, guidelines for the first steps in developing a reward program, and preparation for school-home communication

  • Toolbox Analogy
  • Behaviour Change
  • ABCs+F Framework
  • Developing an ASSIST Support Plan
  • Identifying Behaviours to Change
  • Collecting Data/Recording Behaviours
  • School-Home Communication
  • Special Issue - Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours

Session 3 The Support Plan: Develop and implement a reward program

  • Developing the ASSIST Support Plan
  • Reviewing Step 1 (Collecting Data)
  • Completing Step 2 (Examing the Data)
  • Completing Step 3 (Considering Consequences)
  • Special Topic - Self-Regulation

Session 4 Adding to The Support Plan: Strategies for setting up the classroom to support a student with ADHD

  • Further Developing the ASSIST Support Plan
  • Antecedent Strategies
    • The Physical Setting
    • Instruction Strategies
    • Rules, Routines, and Transitions
  • Teaching New Skills & Replacement Behaviours
  • Special Topic - Homework & Study Skills

Session 5 Additional Needs: Characteristics associated with ADHD and strategies to support them

  • Strategies to Address Associated Characteristics
    • Academic Challenges
    • Cognitive Challenges
    • Emotional Challenges
    • Social Challenges
  • Special Topics - Meta-Cognition

Session 6 Keep Moving Forward: Information on planning for the future, addressing comorbid disorders, preparing for transitions, and wrapping up the ASSIST program. 

  • What's Next - How to Continue with the Support Plan
  • Transition Planning
  • Changing Symptom Presentations
  • When is Further Specialized Assessment Needed?
  • Helpful Resources
  • Celebrating Successes
  • Points to Remember