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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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1.19 Multimodal Treatment for ADHD

Once a child is diagnosed with ADHD, there are many ways to help the child and family. ADHD is not something that can be cured, but it can be treated and managed effectively. A multifaceted or multimodal treatment approach is the most effective. It is important to keep the following points in mind:

  • Parents are the primary case managers for their children. Once they receive the diagnosis, parents need to start the journey of becoming an ADHD expert—learning all they can about disorder and research-based treatment options. Parents who become educated about ADHD are able to make the best-informed decisions regarding their child's care and management.
  • Most positive outcomes for youngsters with ADHD are achieved when parents, teachers, other involved school professionals, and treating medical and mental health providers have good communication and collaborate well (Lists 7.1, 7.3, 7.8).
  • All parties involved in the care and education of the child with ADHD should be working together in establishing target outcomes (goals), formulating plans to reach the goals, and monitoring the effectiveness of the interventions being used.
  • The two research-validated interventions known to be most effective at this time are medication and psychosocial (or behavioral) therapy. One, the other, or combination of both are the main treatments for ADHD. The scientific evidence clearly shows these are the treatments that make the biggest difference with regard to improvement ...

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