Kids’ ADHD specialist to speak at OIST

Professor David Daley of Nottingham University is giving a pair of lectures on ADHD at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

A renowned professor is preparing to offer a Public Lecture on Non-pharmacological Treatment for Children with ADHD at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

“There are two talks.  The first part, taking place on Friday, July 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. is titled “Why does ADHD impact on academic attainment, and what can teachers do to support children with ADHD in the classroom?” and it is targeted especially to teachers and health professionals.

The second lecture aimed at parents and families, and takes place on Saturday, July 13th, from 10 ~ 11:30 a.m. This lecture is titled “Non-pharmacological treatment for children with ADHD: How can parents improve outcomes?”

Both lectures take place at the OIST Auditorium in Tancha, Onna Village.  Admission is free, but reservations are required. The OIST is now accepting reservations at http://www.oist.jp/researve-fri for Friday’s talk, and http://www.oist.jp/reserve-sat for Saturday’s talk.

Professor David Daley of the University of Nottingham, UK, is an internationally recognized expert in the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for children with ADHD. He is currently involved in several research projects evaluating the effectiveness of parenting programs specifically developed for children with ADHD.

The intent of the presentations on Friday is to help teachers to understand the potential impact that ADHD can have on children’s educational attainment. The talk will start by introducing audiences to some recent research that explores the impact of ADHD on educational attainment in both the UK and Denmark.

The talk will briefly explore the impact of current non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions on educational attainment, reaching the conclusion that more needs to be done.  The talk will then explore the underlying causes of ADHD, which should help teachers understand ADHD from the perspective of the child with the disorder. The talk concludes with some very practical and easy to implement strategies that all involved can utilize to help children with ADHD in their classrooms.

Recent research has suggested that behavioral interventions for ADHD are less effective than previously thought, with no objective evidence to support their efficacy. The talk on Saturday targeting the general public  will explore this issue in more detail. The talk will consider areas where parents and grandparents of children with ADHD can change the way they interact with their child or grandchild to help themselves and also improve the child’s outcomes. The talk will then conclude by examining the current evidence base using new data to demonstrate that there is a lot parents and grandparents can do to help to improve outcomes for children with ADHD.