Carmit Frisch – Occupational Therapist

My name is Carmit Frisch, BOT, PhD (University of Haifa, Israel). I am an occupational therapist, a lecturer and a researcher.

I developed the POET during my Ph.D. studies, under the supervision of Prof. Sara Rosenblum (the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Haifa), and Prof. Emanuel Tirosh, (the Faculty of Medicine, Technion). The POET's purpose is to enable early intervention in young children presenting early ADHD symptoms. The intervention includes 8 parental training sessions, and is aimed to improve the functioning and Executive Functions (EF) of the children, skills whose development is inhibited in this disorder. No preliminary medical diagnosis is required.

Parental training is the first-line treatment for preschoolers with ADHD symptoms as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Unlike behavioral parent trainings, that are focused in developing parental skills to collaborate with the child, the POET focuses on helping parents to understand the nature of the EF, how they affect their child's functioning, and what they can do to help their child become more successful in the his/her day-to-day functioning. The POET relates to all aspects of life, for example, getting up, handling morning and evening routines, arranging self-equipment, managing reactions to frustration and excitement, initiating self-employment, succeeding to wait in line, sitting at meals, doing homework. The intervention includes 8 sessions with parents after child's occupational therapy- assessment, and combines training and coaching principles. Its content is tailored to the child and family's personal needs. For the POET's feasibility and efficacy, please see:

  • Aviran, A., Frisch, C., Berman, S., Rosenblum, S (2017). How Parents with Symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Experience the Parental Occupational Executive Training (POET) Intervention Process, Initial Impressions. The Israeli, Journal of Occupational Therapy, 23(3) E38-E39 (In Hebrew).
  • Frisch, C. Tirosh, E., & Rosenblum, S. (2020) Parental Occupation Executive Training (POET): An Efficient Innovative Intervention for Young Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, DOI:10.1080/01942638.2019.1640336
  • Frisch, C., Rosenblum, S., & Tirosh, E. (2020). Parental Occupational Executive Training: Feasibility and Parental Perceptions. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 1539449220912191.‏