Treatment Plan for ADHD Promotes Success at School, Less Stress at Home
(ARA) - If your child has Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you know it affects many aspects of a childs life. While often linked to concentration and behavioral difficulties in the classroom, ADHD doesnt end with the school day. The condition also affects a childs ability to participate in extracurricular activities, complete homework assignments, sit through family meals or participate in other family activities without disruption -- all leading to increased stress not just on the child with ADHD, but on the whole family.
Thats why taking a team approach to treatment produces the best results. This may include working with your childs doctor and teacher to discover what works best for your child, both at school and at home.
Combining input from the school, prescribing physician, and therapist, along with the parent and the child with ADHD, can help the child to function better in all areas affected by the disorder. says Christopher J. Kratochvil, M.D., associate professor, Department of Psychiatry and assistant director, Psychopharmacology Research Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center.
As you develop your plan, consider the following elements.
ADHD and the School Day
You can help improve your childs school experience by working with his/her teacher(s) to address your childs needs to avoid distraction and follow instructions.
* After an official diagnosis of ADHD, meet with the evaluation team at school to determine your childs eligibility for special education services, and how those services will be tailored for your child.
* There are several federal laws that may provide help to individuals with ADHD. A good starting place to understand the rights of your child is to learn more about the following three laws:
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- Prohibits programs that receive federal funds from discriminating against children with disabilities.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) -- Requires that eligible students receive access to special education services.
American with Disabilities Act (ADA) -- Similar to Section 504 above, but applies to a broader range of organizations.
Children with ADHD may have a tendency to interrupt conversations to share an idea before forgetting it, mix up words or fail to understand instructions, which can lead to frustration all around. As a parent, you can use everyday activities to help your child overcome these issues.
Physician Partnership Plan Parents also need to partner with their physician to design a treatment plan for their child with ADHD that works during and beyond the school day, through to the evening. Treatment may consist of appropriate medication, developing behavioral skills and coaching. With nonstimulant and stimulant medications for the treatment of ADHD, parents and physicians have different options for managing the disorder. A medication that controls symptoms after school and into the evening can help to improve interaction with family and friends and reduce stress not only for the child with ADHD, but for parents and other family members too.
ADHD affects 3 to 7 percent of school-aged children and is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood. This medical condition manifests itself in levels of attention, concentration, activity, distractibility and impulsivity that may be inappropriate to the childs age. In the last decade, experts have recognized that 60 percent of children will carry symptoms into adulthood.
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