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May
06

ADHD treatment for young children

According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, about half of young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not receiving psychological services, including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy. The report says that about 75% of young children being treated for ADHD received medicine, and only about half received any form of psychological services, which might have included behavior therapy. The report urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medicine to treat the disorder. In behavior therapy, parents are trained by a therapist over the course of eight or more sessions, and they learn strategies to encourage positive behavior, discourage negative behaviors, improve communication, and strengthen their relationship with their child.