How Is ADHD Treated in Children?

Learn about treatment options for ADHD from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.

Transcript

There are several different ADHD treatment approaches. And it's important that in any of the approaches that are used, there's a partnership between the child, the parents, and teachers, and those adults that work with the child, so you can constantly monitor increases or decreases in behavior.

For ADHD treatment, behavior management and medications are most useful. In behavioral protocols it's important to identify the most problematic or the most impairing behaviors for the child, and help design ways to decrease these difficult behaviors and provide reinforcers for when a child is right on track and demonstrating positive behaviors. This has to be a collaboration between parents, teachers and all of the adults in the child's life.

Additionally, sometimes medications are prescribed, stimulant or non-stimulant medications, to help decrease some of the problematic symptoms of ADHD. It's important to remember, whether you're using behavioral therapy or medications, all of the symptoms will not completely disappear. But understanding the treatments and understanding your child in utilizing these medications or behavioral modifications can definitely, impact more positive success for your child and family. So remember, behavioral therapies and medications are some of the most often used treatment strategies for ADHD.

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