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Treatment Goals of the STP
- Developing the children’s problem solving skills, social skills, and the social awareness necessary to enable them to get along better with other children
- Developing the children’s abilities to follow through with instructions, to complete tasks that they commonly fail to finish, and to comply with adults’ requests;
- Improving the children’s self esteem by developing competencies in interpersonal, recreational, and academic areas that are necessary for daily life functioning;
- Improving the children’s learning skills and academic achievement;
- Teaching the children’s parents how to develop, reinforce, and maintain these positive changes;
- Where necessary, evaluating the effects of medication on the child’s academic and social functioning in a natural setting.
These goals have been designed with two purposes: first, to improve current functioning in the major problems exhibited by children with ADHD and related disorders (e.g., ODD/CD and LD); and second, to change the behaviors and to impart the skills that research has shown are important mediators of long-term outcome If these goals are reached, the children’s emotional and mental health and long-term outcome will be improved. Further, the parental stress and family disruption that accompany ADHD will be ameliorated. Further, these goals will have been accomplished while the children remain in the community, thus avoiding more restrictive and expensive treatments such as hospitalization or special schooling.