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Involving Your Child in the ADHD Treatment Process

Once your child’s target outcomes have been identified, placed in order of priority, and screened for feasibility, take a moment to make sure that he understands them as fully as possible given his level of understanding.

Treatment for ADHD should never be a process that is done to your child, but one that is as much as possible implemented by him with your support, guidance, and educated assistance as well as support from the rest of his treatment team.

For any treatment plan to succeed, your school-aged child or adolescent needs to understand the nature of ADHD, think and talk about ways in which he would like to improve his functioning, and feel comfortable participating in the treatment process to the extent that he is able. Your child should be present whenever possible for at least part of meetings that concern him, and parts of the discussion should be addressed directly to him at his level of understanding.

Adolescents may also benefit from time alone with their doctor without parents present. Your child’s reports on his day-to-day experiences with issues related to ADHD should be listened to and carefully considered. His prioritizing of ADHD-related problems should be taken seriously and addressed. By teaching him to consider his strengths, obstacles, and abilities to function in different situations and to monitor any changes, you are helping him prepare for the day when he will be in charge of his own care.

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ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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