Abstract

Parenting is always demanding, but it has especially unique
challenges when children experience neurodevelopmental
problems, such as ADHD. To address the needs of parents with
ADHD children, research in the area of Parental Behavioral
Therapy is accelerating. This type of therapy focuses on
behavioral strategies that, if practiced regularly, can have a
positive impact on the child’s long-term behavior, as well as a
reduction in parental stress. While these strategies are simple,
there are hurdles to putting them into practice. First, parents may
be struggling with their own neurodevelopmental issues. Second,
due to the needs of their children, parents are under a lot of
stress—this is in addition to regular, daily life stresses. Our work
explores how to monitor parents’ stress and offers in situ support
to remind parents of behavioral strategies to practice in moments
of duress. We gained insight into how to design for the dynamics
of families with ADHD children by using a prototype of our
system as a probe. Our goal was to bring to the forefront simple
strategies that can positively impact family ties and enhance the
wellbeing of the child. We will present results that suggest that
when interventions are cued during moments of duress,
technology might prove very useful in support of behavioral
therapy.