The Changing Lives Initiative: An Early Intervention Approach to ADHD in Ireland and the UK
The Changing Lives Initiative is a cross border community-based project in County Louth, Ireland, Colin/West Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Argyll & Bute region of Scotland providing the Incredible Years® parenting program for families with children aged 3-7 experiencing behaviors consistent with ADHD. There are five partner organizations involved in The Changing Lives Initiative: Archways, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Dundalk Institute of Technology, The Genesis Programme (Louth Leader Partnership) and NHS Highland.
They have recently shared their outcomes evaluation, finding that parents participating in the Incredible Years program had increased use of positive discipline strategies, decreased parental stress, and improved parent/child relationships. The parents reported reduction in child hyperactive/impulsive behaviors, improved concentration and attention, and reduction in social and emotional problems.
Incredible Years Mentor Sean McDonnell, PhD, was Principal Investigator in this study and one of the authors of the evaluation report. Sean is a Psychologist and Deputy CEO at Archways.
Sean has shared his work with the Changing Lives Initiative on our blog!