The Changing Lives Initiative is a new cross border project which aims to “reduce dependence on medicalised intervention” in young children who have behaviours consistent with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD].
The funding of €3 million was announced last week by Clondalkin-based organisation, Archways, in partnership with Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Dundalk Institute of Technology, The Genesis Programme (Louth Leader Partnership) and NHS Highland.
It is estimated that 8 to 11% of school children ADHD and while international guidelines suggest parent education and training at the first line of treatment this option is not available in many areas.
The Changing Lives Initiative will offer a programme which will include information and awareness for families, a screening programme, and a treatment service in the form of the 20 session Incredible Years parenting programme as well as training for those working with young children, in particular teachers and early years professionals.
Archways CEO, Aileen O’Donoghue, welcomed the funding for the new initiative and said: “The Changing Lives Initiative is an innovative new project that will provide a much needed support for families with children aged 3 to 7 years who are concerned about ADHD. “
“The Initiative aims to significantly reduce dependence on medicalised interventions among this group of children by providing a high quality evidence based programme to the local community. This project will make a real difference to families in these regions. We are extremely grateful to the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme for funding this initiative.”
The €3million initiative is being supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, a programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and will focus on border areas in Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland.
The programme, which will benefit more than 2,000 families across these regions, will be rolled out this month.
Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer with the SEUPB, explained that the project will have a “transformative effect” on the lives of thousands of children and families affected by ADHD.