Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 319–332 | Cite as

Evaluation of a Demystification Workshop for Children with ADHD

  • Leslie MacKay
  • Penny Corkum
Original Paper


The ADHD Demystification Workshop was designed to provide children in grades two to seven with accurate information about ADHD and its treatments. The main goal was to evaluate the workshop’s effectiveness in increasing children’s knowledge about ADHD. The 25 children who participated showed an increase in their knowledge of ADHD, demonstrated more favorable opinions of both medication and psychosocial interventions, and evidenced a significant increase in their understanding of the various impacts of ADHD and potential coping strategies. The parents were found to be inaccurate in their predictions of their child’s knowledge and opinions of ADHD, and there was no relationship between the parent’s own knowledge and their child’s knowledge of ADHD. Overall, the “demystification workshop” was found to be a positive experience for the children with ADHD and shows promise as an effective means of sharing information about ADHD to latency-aged children with this disorder.


ADHD psycho-educational workshops demystification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology Department, Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Psychology Department, Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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