The best first-line therapy for most children with ADHD is behavioral training or ADHD coaching, not ADHD drugs!
Many ADHD experts feel that children with ADHD are too often treated with ADHD drugs-both stimulants and non-stimulants, when behavioral therapy or ADHD coaching would be the best treatment.
As we discussed in previous posts, even the American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or ADHD coaching for the very first treatment of ADHD behavior in kids under age 6 years. I would argue that we should try behavioral therapy or coaching in children who have the milder forms of ADHD behavior and learning problems, before considering ADHD drugs.
Why should mild ADHD be treated with coaching or behavior therapy… Read the rest before starting ADHD medications? Because doing so….
Gives parents, teachers and doctors a chance to thoroughly assess the child’s behavior traits, ability to inter-relate, learning style, and adaptability and a chance to make sure he or she hasn’t been misdiagnosed with ADHD
Helps avoid all of those nasty ADHD drug side effects-nausea, weight loss, headaches, rapid heart rates, mood swings
Allows assessment of the child’s strengths-giving a therapist the opportunity to build on the child’s talents, instead of