SIMPLE TIPS FOR ADHD Rx SUCCESS

1)  CAREFUL parent and teacher(s) monitoring of medication benefits and side effects;

2)  FREQUENT reports to the prescribing physician advising progress and/or concerns;

3)  CONSCIENTIOUS study of the many books and other publications about ADHD by recognized experts is essential;

4)  LEARNING HOW TO EVALUATE scientifically-responsible publications vs absurd hype and uniformed opinion is crucial;

5)  APPLICATION OF COMMON SENSE PARENTING IS VITAL:

Children ages 6-12 need at least 9-10 hours sleep every night

Adolescents 13-18 need at least 8 hours sleep per night

Breakfast is always very important.  An after-school snack and substantial bed-time snack are also important

Children under 15 should always drink substantial amounts of Whole milk; 2% is not appropriate for children

Screaming, yelling, nagging, and angry application of restrictions is useless and counter-productive

Rewarding and reinforcing a child's positive behavior is vastly more effective in shaping progress than negative or punitive measures

Physical punishment almost always aggravates, rather than improves, any child's behavior

6)  TREATMENT OF AN ADHD-PARENT IS CRUCIAL: This is a genetic condition.  With very few exceptions at least one parent remains impaired (in work or parenting skills) by ADHD;

7)  Until the symptomatic parent is diagnosed and treated even the most sophisticated interventions may fail for a child;

8)  Family involvement in church and community activities may be the difference between success and tragedy;

9)  There is no substitute for maintaining bonds with aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents: it may take an extended family to successfully raise many of these children;

10)  The only scientifically-proven treatment for ADHD is medication, which should be of no surprise, i.e., as an analogy, "glasses" are the only known treatment for vision problems, Insulin for Diabetes, etc.

There are no known "alternative treatment" which remotely approach scientific credibility.