The ABC's of ADHD Medication: Attention Deficit Treatment Advice

Five rules for using ADHD medication to safely and effectively treat symptoms of attention deficit disorder.

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Rule 4: Keep Tabs

Work with teachers and doctors to chart how - or if - the medication is working.

Parents can help the doctor arrive at the right dosage for their child by tracking the child’s response to the medication. ADHD behavior rating scales are very effective.

The SNAP-IV Scale gauges 90 physical symptoms and emotional behaviors at home and in the classroom. The scale can help parents assess a child's behavior throughout the day and detect patterns and problems with medication.

The Conners’ Rating Scales-Revised (CRS-R) comes in a short and long form. Experts recommend that parents use the long form themselves and reserve the short form for their child's teacher(s), who probably has less time to fill out the evaluation.

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TAGS: ADHD Medication and Children, ADHD Stimulant Medications, ADD Meds: Dosing

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