BPT on Emotional and Social Concerns for Children With ADHD

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. better identify the relationship between ADHD and emotional and social functioning.
  2. advocate for a greater focus on emotional and social learning within school readiness programs for children with ADHD.
  3. to conduct comprehensive research evaluating and integrating social–emotional strategies in ADHD interventions as described by the NASP Practice Model.
  4. describe the necessity of effective social and emotional ADHD interventions for improving school readiness and social and life skills.


Using a randomized controlled trial, we examined the impact of a behavioral parent training (BPT) program on emotional and social concerns of 3- to 5-year-olds at risk for ADHD. We found that emotional lability improved over time, but group differences between treatment and waitlist conditions were nonsignificant and social functioning did not improve as a result of treatment. BPT may require modification to directly target emotional and social functioning in young children with ADHD.



Amanda K. Nelson, Lehigh University
Alicia M. Chunta, Lehigh University
Sara R. Franklin-Gillette, Lehigh University
George J. DuPaul, Lehigh University


Lee Kern, PhD

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