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Mission Statement

The Challenging Horizons Program (CHP) is a school-based set of interventions for middle/junior high school students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Building on behavioral and cognitive theories about the nature of the disorder, CHP aims to provide a safe learning environment enhanced by supportive counseling relationships between students and staff. CHP targets the most common areas of impairment associated with ADHD, including social impairment, family conflict, and academic failure. CHP interventions focus on strengthening enabling skills such as organization; specific educational skills such as homework management, studying, and notetaking; socialization; goal setting and self-regulation of behavior; and recreational activities to improve the student's group cooperation, fitness, and sports skills. Parent involvement is encouraged through group parent training and weekly reports. Each intervention is provided in the context of supportive and enjoyable activities.


Challenging Horizons is an after-school program that operates four days per week for two hours each day. The program is run in school classrooms immediately following the school day. During the program, students participate in two 45-minute groups per day; academic remediation and one of four skills groups. The skills groups include academic interventions to teach study skills, individual goals to target identified problem areas, organization to learn manualized organizational systems, and homework/time management to learn about planning ahead for long-term assignments. The academic remediation group is based on school district standardized test curriculum. Students are able to participate in and lead recreational activities based on their behavior level during the program after their academics are finished. Parents receive report cards summarizing their child's behavioral and academic performance during the week. The program is staffed by college psychology majors who are required participate in a week of training and to pass a test on rules and procedures. - See more at: http://www.childtrends.org/?programs=challenging-horizons#sthash.TabUHNGp.dpuf


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