History of the New Forest Parenting Program (NFPP)

The NFPP program was first developed in 1993 by Professor Margaret Thompson, Anne Weeks Specialist Nurse and Cathy Laver-Bradbury Consultant Nurse.

Each had a special interest in early intervention for children with ADHD symptoms. Working with Southampton Primary Care Trust (in the New Forest -hence the name) and with Southampton University we applied for research grants to test the efficacy of the NFPP program we developed.

Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke and Professor David Daley were instrumental in evaluating the program (see evidence base for further details) and have remained involved in the subsequent trials as we have continued our research in the program and in its various forms of delivery and whilst making cultural adaptations to enable it to be used across the world.

Original Authors (left to right Anne Weeks, Cathy Laver-Bradbury and Professor Margaret Thompson)

About the NFPP Program

This programme covers four main themes; psycho-education; parent-child relationship; behavioural training (including emotional regulation); and attention training (including delay restructuring). These target the known difficulties seen in children with ADHD.

The New Forest Parenting program is a specifically designed to help with the difficulties seen in children with ADHD. They learn to manage their own challenges through the support the parents receive during the program.

The Developers

Anne Weeks

Cathy Laver-Bradbury

Professor Margaret Thompson

Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke

Professor David Daley