Be ready on time; Respond in a regulated manner in social situations; Efficiently prepare for exam period; Initiate tasks and carry them through; Do not lose equipment; Remember what to take when going out; Be prepared for work meetings; Manage time; Manage daily tasks at home, school and work.
These goals directed the development of Cog-Fun, an occupational therapy intervention for children, adolescents and adults with ADHD.
Cog-Fun is a cognitive functional intervention for children, adolescents and adults with ADHD. It addresses the cognitive, emotional and environmental barriers that impede daily functioning.
Cog-Fun is a unique treatment approach that is occupation- based client and family centered and theoretically driven. Cog-Fun was designed to address the functional and cognitive challenges of children with ADHD and their families, with a specific focus on executive functioning. This approach was developed with the understanding that the difficulties children with ADHD and their families face are multifaceted, involving bio-psycho-social factors that affect daily functioning in various occupational areas. Due to the complexity of this diagnosis and its extensive implications on functioning and participation Cog-Fun treatment addresses the variety of biological, psychological and social factors associated with ADHD. This approach is in line with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health that presents a comprehensive view of the consequences of various health conditions and views participation and quality of life as significant outcome measures for health promotion and wellbeing.
The change mechanisms for improving functioning and quality of life include the therapeutic relationship with the children and their parents, meta-cognitive learning, behavioral learning and environmental adaptation.
Extensive research examining the efficiency of Cog-Fun among 5-10 year old children has taken place recently and yielded positive results, demonstrating improved executive functioning and occupational performance, as well as improved parental self- efficacy and quality of life. Research on Cog-Fun intervention for teens is being held presently in the neurocognitive rehabilitation lab at the school of occupational therapy in Jerusalem, Israel.
1. To promote quality of life in persons with ADHD and their families
2. To improve participation in daily occupations
3. To acquire executive strategies to compensate for typical ADHD difficulties in daily life
4. To promote awareness to ADHD symptoms and implications through education and experiential learning
5. To enable successful experiences and feelings of efficacy in challenging daily activities
6. To educate and empower parents as mediators in the therapeutic process.
Treatment for children
Treatment for adolescence
Treatment for adults
Who’s a candidate for Cog-Fun intervention?
Child, adolescent or adult with ADHD
Persons with intact language skills
Individuals and familys who are motivated and obligated to the treatment process
Who’s authorized to implement Cog-Fun treatment?
Occupational therapists trained and certified to use Cog-Fun treatment by the School of Occupational Therapy, Jerusalem, Israel.