Treatment

Treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, sometimes involves special education services. Systematic, intensive, individualized instruction can accommodate learning difficulties and help the person develop strategies to compensate for specific challenges.

Treatment for ADHD can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Treatments can include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.

Behavioral Therapy
Behavioral therapy aims to help a person change their behavior. It may involve practical assistance, such as help organizing tasks or completing schoolwork, or working through emotionally difficult events. Behavioral therapy also teaches a person how to monitor their own behavior and reward or praise themselves when they act appropriately. Social skills, such as waiting their turn, sharing toys, asking for help, or responding to teasing, may be part of behavioral therapy as well.

Family and Marital Therapy
Family and marital therapy can help family members and parents find better ways to handle disruptive behaviors, to encourage behavior changes, and to improve interactions with the child with ADHD.

Parenting Skills Training
Parenting skills training, sometimes called behavioral parent management training, teaches parents the skills they need to encourage and reward positive behaviors in their children. This training helps parents learn how to use a system of rewards and consequences to change a child's behavior. Parents are taught to give immediate and positive feedback for good behavior, and to ignore or redirect inappropriate behavior.