Increase frequency of sessions
Increase Frequency of Sessions
Relational interventions that meet more frequently may be better able to impact self-regulation outcomes than those with less frequency. In our evidence base, programs that met more than once per week had larger impacts than those that met less frequently. Given that many relational programs involve therapy, counseling, or mentoring, increasing the frequency of sessions can provide more time to build trusting relationships and rapport with your participants, which is the foundational mechanism of change for relational interventions. The more frequent contact may also provide the opportunity for clinically-oriented programs to dive deeper into the complex cognitive patterns that may engender attention problems. More frequent contact also provides more opportunities to reinforce self-regulation. For group-based interventions, meeting more than once per week can allow for positive peer relationships to develop among group members, which may also have therapeutic benefits.
Finding ways to increase the frequency with which your relational programs meet with children and youth may involve making changes to the structure of your program, and it may involve negotiating with the host setting (e.g., a school) to find more opportunities during the week to meet with the children and youth in your program. Increasing the frequency of the intervention will be contingent on the flexibility of the school’s schedule and the strength of your relationship with school administration.