Once a child has been diagnosed with ADHD by a physician, what can be done to help? In a separate recorded webinar we discussed what a school can do to assist a child with ADHD, but outside of the school setting, what else can be done to optimize the progress of children and adolescents with ADHD?
What is the experience of children with ADHD? What is their trajectory over time? What challenges do they face at home, school, and work with parents, siblings, and peers? Can medicine help? What should a parent know about medications, and what questions does a parent need to ask the doctor? Is that all that can be done? Are medications enough, or should parents and therapists be seeking additional interventions? What is the best approach?
What types of research based interventions can help a child with ADHD? Can children profit from behavioral programs to improve executive functioning? Are there computer-based programs to improve working memory? Is there evidence to show they work? Does a child with ADHD benefit from psycho-social interventions? Do they need individual counseling, peer support, and structured programs? What else do they need? What about communications between the teacher, parent and physician to monitor the effects of interventions?
In this intermediate webinar, we will provide a response to these questions. We will also look at what happens as children become adolescents and how the disorder changes over time, and as they become adults, what features persist, and what challenges they face. In order to illustrate this we will review some case studies of individuals with ADHD and see how testing informs treatment.