Tymatt asks:

Has anyone had success with behavioral therapy in treating ADHD?

My 9 yr old was diagnosed with ADHD in December.  It was suggested that I medicate him and to go back in a month's time for review.  Nothing was ever mentioned about Behaviorial Therapy....has anyone ever tried that route and was it successful?
In Topics: ADHD & attention issues
> 60 days ago



Jan 28, 2008
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What the Expert Says:

Sounds like this has been a frustrating experience so far! Researchers specializing in ADHD have discovered that a combination of medication AND behavioral therapy is more effective than medication or behavioral therapy alone. Thus, I suggest that you return to the specialist who gave the diagnosis and request information on beginning behavioral therapy. Is the specialist a psychologist, psychiatrist, or pediatrician? If your pediatrician made the diagnosis, you will need a referral for a psychologist to set up the behavioral program. If a psychiatrist made the diagnosis, they may have expertise in behavioral therapy or they may refer you to a psychologist.

Behavioral therapy helps to improve a child's impulsive behavior through a system of clear directions and commands with rewards for appropriate behaviors and consequences for inappropriate behaviors. Research has shown the behavioral therapy often works best if the home and school environments are aligned in such a way that the same behaviors are being targeted and addressed across the major domains of the child's life.

The National Resource Center on ADHD has great information on the topic. Read on for specific details on why and how to use behavioral therapy:

Good luck!

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