Evidence-based treatment for ADHD

By Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

ADHD affects many children. ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, can have a detrimental affect on a child’s performance in many areas including with his grades, his behavior in the classroom, relationships with others, self-regulation, daily life skills, and much more.

Within the scientific literature and research, behavioral treatment or behavior modification as well as medication are found to be the most effective treatments for ADHD. See the University at Buffalo’s Center for Children and Families document titled “Evidence-based Psychosocial Treatment for ADHD Children and Adolescents.”

View the following video with speaker, Dr. Kimberly Williams, for a quick summary of the use of behavior modification.

When implementing behavior modification strategies at home, here are some main points to consider:

Identify the behaviors that you no longer want your child to perform or that you would like to see less of. Be specific. Identify in what setting (such as in the classroom or at the dinner table, etc.). Identify exactly what your child’s behavior looks like (such as falling out of his chair).

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