As a parent of a child/teen with an ADHD diagnosis, you may be pondering as to what is the best treatment option for your child/teen. There are a number of science-based treatment options to choose from and the right treatment depends on your child’s and family’s individual needs.
Health Canada recommends parent training in behaviour therapy as the first line of treatment for children with ADHD younger than 6 years of age. For children 6 years of age and older, the recommendations include medication in conjunction with behaviour therapy. School support, such as learning strategies, specialized teaching, and classroom accommodations can also be an integral part of a comprehensive ADHD treatment plan.
Kids with ADHD often need help with focusing better, minimizing disruptive behaviours, organization and time management skills, problem solving skills, and learning how to communicate assertively with others. The goal of behaviour therapy is to effectively learn concrete strategies for strengthening the kids’ positive behaviours, while also reducing the unwanted behaviours within their school, home, and community. For optimal treatment outcomes it is recommended to start behaviour therapy as soon as a diagnosis is made.
While choosing the right treatment for your child/teen has a greater chance of optimizing their clinical and functional outcomes, a positive relationship with a therapist has been proven to be the determining factor in successfully empowering kids to learn the skills needed to better manage their ADHD. A trusting, positive relationship with a therapist allows them to feel supported in a way that motivates them to build their self-confidence, self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and self-worth.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Hanit at [email protected] for a free consultation on how you and your child/teen can best benefit from ADHD therapy.