Supporting Caregivers of Children at Risk for ADHD Through Optimism Training

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the role of school-based practitioners in improving caregiver-child relationships, especially in families with a child with ADHD
  2. apply the steps for implementing OPT strategies across settings and situations.
  3. analyze the impact of OPT on caregivers’ recognition/modification of pessimistic thoughts/feelings about their children’s behaviors and their own parenting practices


The purpose of this practitioner conversation is to discuss the positive impact of optimism training on caregivers’ feelings and beliefs about young children with ADHD symptoms and challenging behavior. Recent findings indicate that optimism training helps caregivers identify self-talk to challenge their perceptions of child behavior and alter their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Presenters will lead a dialog about optimism training for caregivers and school-based practitioners working with children with ADHD.



Alicia M. Chunta, Lehigh University
Jae Hyung Ahn, Lehigh University


Mara "Shelley" Clarke, MA, rui chen


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