Strong Parental Goals & The ADHD Child

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A study published in the September 2 issue of Pediatrics reports that parents who set strong goals for their ADHD children can greatly influence outcomes. The study’s lead author, Alexander G. Fiks, M.D., of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, proposes that parents share decision making with their doctors.

Fiks found that parents most concerned with behavioral improvement were more likely to implement behavioral therapy. Parents who were more concerned with academic
achievement were twice as likely to start their children on medication.

“The results of our study highlight the importance of parents’ priorities for their child–improved academic achievement, behavior or interpersonal relationships–in determining what treatment they ultimately choose for their child’s ADHD,” Fiks told 2 Minute Medicine™. Fiks advised parents to have their pediatricians describe all their treatment options including both the positive and negative aspects of each treatment.

This study reveals the current culture of ADHD; if we want to improve grades, we offer medication which has consistently been shown not to improve academic outcomes over the long-term. It frequently does improve grades near term.

Behavioral therapy is always a good course of action, but it does not address cognitive skills that will insure success at school, home, and with friends.

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