Ongoing

CONIFAS

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.

CONIFAS aims to co-produce 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-production of workshops with these groups and the co-produced intervention will then be tested by children and families with lived experience of ADHD.

The CONIFAS study is now open for recruitment! We are recruiting children with a diagnosis of ADHD between 5-11 years, their parent or guardian, and professionals who work with ADHD or in outdoor activity fields (e.g. CAMHS professionals, school SENCOs, charity professionals).

If you’re an interested parent or guardian, please complete the expression of interest survey by clicking the following link: https://york.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2snlNJDjVHiseSW

If you are an interested professional, please contact Ellen Kingsley or Leah Attwell


Please do contact us if you’d like any further information or have any questions!

Collaborators

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