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There are options for kids with ADHD

According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, parents’ goals steer attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment in distinct directions. Dr. Alexander Fiks, assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, found that parents usually select medication or therapy, not both.

According to Dr. Amaya Ramos, parents are often concerned about starting their children on ADHD and other medications. After reviewing all their options, they are usually pleased with the results.

“One of my clients was failing school. He was frustrated and did not want to go to school. He was 10! His parents tried many therapies before they decided to add medication. Now, with therapy and medication he’s on the honor roll. He is so proud of himself. It is good for parents to be concerned about putting their children on medications. I always think, ‘What would I do if this were my child?’ before recommending an option to parents,” Ramos said.

Some signs of ADHD are often or frequently…
•    Failing to pay attention to details or making careless mistakes in school, at work or other activities  
•    Not sustaining attention during tasks or play
•    Not seeming to listen when spoken to directly   
•    Not following through on instructions or fails to finish work
•    Having difficulty organizing tasks and activities   
•    Avoiding, disliking or having difficulty with tasks that require sustained mental effort
•    Losing things needed for tasks or activities   
•    Becoming distracted easily
•    Fidgeting, squirmimg or leaving seat in when remaining seated is expected    
•    Being forgetful during everyday activities

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