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Parenting Children with ADHD and challenging behaviours

Penrith Therapy Centre have developed a program which is evidenced based and informed by National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) guidelines for helping parents of primary school aged children with ADHD and challenging behaviours.

The program runs over 4 weeks (2 hrs one evening per week) with the aim to inform and empower parents in a non-judgmental environment, while passing on practical, workable strategies. This program covers a number of topics including:

  • Understanding ADHD and how this affects children
  • The importance of structure, routine, and clear/consistent boundaries
  • Preparing for “those” times; and
  • Communication skills and managing strong emotions

The program aims to increase positive parent-child interactions and confidence in parenting by providing a bank of tools and strategies for the parent to use.

Referral Information

Limited subsidised places are available through the ATAPS program (Access to Allied Psychological Services) for families who cannot afford to pay the group fee.

Eligibility criteria for an ATAPS referral:

  1. The child must be displaying challenging behaviours or already have a diagnosis of ADHD.
  2. The family must hold a current Health Care Card or family financial disadvantage is a barrier to accessing the service. 
  3. The child must be under 12 years of age.
  4. A Mental Health Treatment Plan must be developed for the child.

Only GPs can make a referral through the ATAPS program. Families are encouraged to speak to their GP about a referral.

GPs can make a referral via the ATAPS Intake line on 1800 223 365. 

For families able to pay the group fee, referrals can be made directly to Penrith Therapy Centre on (02) 4721 1488.

Further Information

For further details, please refer to the Parenting Children with ADHD and Challenging Behaviour pamphlet.


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