Nutured Heart Approach

The Nurtured Heart Approach™ (NHA™) is an effective parenting intervention for youth of all ages that builds relationship between parents and children and in the process transforms the youth's difficult behavior into successes.  The NHA™ was developed specifically for children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder  and other challenging behaviors to facilitate parenting and success for the child.  The approach benefits youth with a range of behavioral difficulties, from the typical behavioral challenges  to the most intense behaviors.  The Nurtured Heart Approach™ is a set of strategies that help parents transform their child using the child's intensity in primarily negative ways to using the child's intensity in beautifully creative and constructive ways.  It is being used as a parenting intervention in clinical settings, as a teaching method in school districts across the country, in juvenile probation departments, in Head Start Programs, and most recently in treatment foster care.


Focus on Youth, Inc. has two certified NHA™ specialists and conducts monthly meetings with staff to promote skills.  Ongoing NHA™ trainings are offered for foster parents and staff.  Coaching assistance is available to our foster parents to implement this parenting style. For more information on this successful, innovative approach to parenting, click here

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