Integration of Information and Communication Technology in Behaviour Therapy for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Conference Proceedings
Authors: Alexander MertensAmy CallahanKevin DohertySarah-Jane Gerber

Abstract: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common psychiatric disorder in childhood. Several studies demonstrate that the optimal approach to tackling it is a multimodal treatment including a cognitive behavioural approach. A key role for young ADHD pupils is played by monitoring carried out by teachers, parents and relatives. This paper presents the methods applied and lessons learned during the system engineering process within the WHAAM project, which aims to deliver efficacious means for the therapy through integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into the treatment process. The applied methods include structured interviews with parents, teachers and health professionals, the iterative development of paper/software prototypes and demonstration to the prospective users as well as Wizard of Oz studies to identify usability problems. In addition to the concrete results relating to the design of the user interface and interaction process this paper describes the effective procedure model applied that has proven to be able to consider the manifold requirements of the different stakeholders involved in the integration of ICT in healthcare scenarios

Keywords: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Behaviour Therapy, Ergonomics, Human-Computer Interaction, Information and Communication Technology, Systems Engineering

DOI: 10.54941/ahfe100132

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