A.D.D. / A.D.H.D. Treatment Options

What Are The Treatment Options for Attention Deficit Disorder?

A child with attention deficit disorder faces many challenges. It is a chronic condition that can continue into adulthood.

Treatment is geared toward helping the child learn, control behavior and increase his or her self-esteem.

A combination of strategies are usually recommended to help the child learn, to increase his or her ability to deal with the emotional cruelty of other children, and to increase self-confidence.

Special education programs tailored to the child's needs can be effective in helping the child learn. Many technologies and techniques are now available to assist the child with an attention deficit disorder.

Often, the initial focus is on teaching the child to learn how to learn. Special education programs may be provided in the public school setting or in private facilities or clinics. Tutoring and practice at home are usually recommended and can significantly help the child.

A child with an attention deficit disorder is usually referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist for specialized counseling. Usually, the physician also recommends specialized counseling for the parents.

Some medications may be recommended to help the child focus attention. The most commonly prescribed medications include dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate.

In order to make an informed decision about your child's health and medical needs, ask the physician to fully explain the benefits, risks and costs of all treatment alternatives, including medication.


APA Reference
Staff, H. (2009, January 1). A.D.D. / A.D.H.D. Treatment Options, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 20 from

Last Updated: May 6, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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