January 15, 2009

AWFULLY EARLY IN THE YEAR, BUT THE FOX BUTTERFIELD AWARD FOR 2009 IS LOCKED UP:

ADHD Medication: Can Your Child Go Without?: Behavioral therapy for ADHD—and parent retraining, too—can be good alternatives to medication (Nancy Shute, January 14, 2009, US NEWS)

Parent skills training has been used for years to improve the behavior of children, and multiple clinical trials have validated its effectiveness. Those same programs improve the behavior of kids with ADHD. Although it may seem odd to be changing parents' behavior to treat what's considered a medical condition in children, research has found that for children with ADHD, having parents who use effective parenting techniques is one of the best predictors of success in adulthood. These programs teach parents to make clear, specific requests of children, for instance, and to use praise and rewards for good behavior far more often than punishment.

Who'd have dreamt that treating a behavior like a behavior instead of like a medical condition would be effective?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2009 7:53 AM
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