We know that children and young people with ADHD are highly creative and dynamic and sometimes experience excessive activity and energy and struggle with their attention and behaviour. Developing skills to help support these difficulties can be helpful for education, relationships, and general mental wellbeing. It can sometimes take a long time to access this support which might impact upon the difficulties children and young people with ADHD experience.

Engaging with nature has been shown to have a positive impact on the things children and young people with ADHD may struggle with. Although policies are increasingly moving towards prescribing ‘green treatment’ (such as outdoor exercise and learning), these are not yet designed for children and young people with ADHD.

The CONIFA research study aims to co-design a nature-based intervention specifically for children and young people with ADHD with children, families, and professionals who have lived experience of ADHD. This will be done through discovery and co-design workshops with these groups and the co-designed intervention will then be testes by children and families with lived experience of ADHD.

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Dr Hannah Armitt, co-lead – Humber Teaching NHS; Professor Pete Coventry, co-lead – University of York; Ellen Kingsley, trial coordinator – COMIC / LYPFT NHS; Leah Attwell, research assistant – COMIC / LYPFT NHS; Megan Garside, consultant – COMIC / LYPFT NHS; Professor Piran White, consultant – University of York; Sara Booth-card, consultant – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; Kat Woolley, consultant – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; Mike Hussey, consultant – ADHD Foundation; Natasha Green, Consultant – patient and public involvement