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More Than Meds: A Parent’s Guide to Using Behavioral Therapy

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  • More Than Meds: A Parent’s Guide to Using Behavioral Therapy

    Source: ADDitude Magazine

    William Pelham Jr., Ph.D., explains the advantages of behavior therapy to treat ADHD.

    he American Academy of Pediatrics recommends behavior therapy as the “first line of treatment” for children diagnosed with ADHD before the age of 6. Through high school, the AAP guidelines call for medication used in conjunction with behavior therapy, which the CDC calls an “effective treatment for ADHD that can improve a child’s behavior, self-control, and self-esteem.”

    Behavior therapy helps children with ADHD. That is an established fact. But should it be tried before medication? At the same time? How can it be implemented consistently at home and at school? How do you know it’s working? In this webinar, we will address these questions and many more in an effort to demystify behavior therapy.

    In this webinar presentation, you will learn:
    1. Advantages of starting behavior therapy early
    2. How behavior therapy paired with medication can help severe symptoms of ADHD
    3. Why behavioral training alone may be sufficient for some kids with ADHD to function well in school, home, and peer settings
    4. The life skills behavior therapy can teach
    5. Detailed approaches parents and teachers can use to implement behavior therapy consistently at home and school

    Meet the Expert Speaker:

    William Pelham, Jr. Ph.D., director of the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University (FIU), is a distinguished professor of psychology who studies ADHD in children and adolescents. Pelham studies treatment development and evaluation, including behavioral treatments, pharmacotherapy, and the combination of the two. Most recently, the treatment research has focused on dosing and sequencing in behavioral, pharmacological, and combined interventions. His summer treatment program for ADHD children has been recognized by the Society of Clinical and Adolescent Psychology and the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice of the American Psychological Association (APA), by Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a model program, and is widely recognized as the state of the art in treatment for children and adolescents with ADHD.

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