Chang­ing Lives ini­tia­tive for fam­i­lies af­fected by ADHD

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HANG­ING Lives, an in­no­va­tive new cross bor­der early in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme launched to­day (Mon­day) in Dun­dalk by Mairead McGuin­ness MEP and first Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment will help thou­sands of fam­i­lies af­fected by At­ten­tion Deficit Hy­per­ac­tiv­ity Dis­or­der (ADHD).

Launch­ing the ini­tia­tive at the Car­rick­dale Ho­tel, Ms McGuin­ness said it will “trans­form thou­sands of lives for the bet­ter, for­ever.”

She said it is be­yond doubt that early in­ter­ven­tion is es­sen­tial. This ini­tia­tive which is aimed at chil­dren in the three to seven age group will en­able those who may have ADHD reach their full po­ten­tial and it will help their par­ents and teach­ers first un­der­stand the chal­lenges and then ex­pe­ri­ence the joy and ful­fil­ment of see­ing the chil­dren de­velop their in­nate skills and tal­ents.’

The new Ini­tia­tive will be de­liv­ered across County Louth, Colin/West Belfast, and the Ar­gyll & Bute re­gion of Scot­land. It aims to cre­ate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing about ADHD and pro­vide an in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme for fam­i­lies with chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing be­hav­iours con­sis­tent with ADHD. As well as work­ing with fam­i­lies the pro­gramme will pro­vide train­ing for those work­ing with young chil­dren, in par­tic­u­lar teach­ers and early years’ pro- fes­sion­als.

Ms McGuin­ness con­grat­u­lated ev­ery­one con­nected with the new ser­vice say­ing: ‘ADHD recog­nises no borders, class or creed and this ini­tia­tive will de­liver ac­cord­ingly with in­es­timable ben­e­fits to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies.’ Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on how fam­i­lies can avail of the pro­gramme is avail­able at www. chang­inglivesini­tia­

Gina McIn­tyre (left), CEO of SEUPB, with Mairead McGuin­ness, MEP and Aileen O’Donoghue, The Chang­ing Lives Ini­tia­tive Steer­ing Group at the launch of The Chang­ing Lives Ini­tia­tive held in The Car­rick­dale Ho­tel.

Mairead McGuin­ness, MEP, with Frank O’Brien and Ciaran Reid, Louth Leader Part­ner­ship at the launch of The Chang­ing Lives Ini­tia­tive held in The Car­rick­dale Ho­tel.

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