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How do I explain to my eight year old son that he has adhd, and the meaning of adhd.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Optimal treatment

For adhd = medication management + behavioral therapy + environmental manipulations @ home & school (section 504).
Child psychologists test for learning disabilities & other comorbidities seen in 70% of cases. www.chadd.org & http://devdelay.Org/newsletter/articles/html/43-how-does-your-engine-run.Html have all the right words for you to teach him that adhd isn't his fault, but it is his problem.

In brief: Optimal treatment

For adhd = medication management + behavioral therapy + environmental manipulations @ home & school (section 504).
Child psychologists test for learning disabilities & other comorbidities seen in 70% of cases. www.chadd.org & http://devdelay.Org/newsletter/articles/html/43-how-does-your-engine-run.Html have all the right words for you to teach him that adhd isn't his fault, but it is his problem.
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Dr. Stephen Guffanti
Occupational Medicine

In brief: I wouldn't

If your son thinks that his behavior is caused by adhd then he might stop trying to control his behavior. Adhd drugs will only control his behavior half the time so for the rest of the time he will need to do it himself.
You might want to go to http://bit.Ly/153fa87 and listen to some of the free podcasts for more specific information.

In brief: I wouldn't

If your son thinks that his behavior is caused by adhd then he might stop trying to control his behavior. Adhd drugs will only control his behavior half the time so for the rest of the time he will need to do it himself.
You might want to go to http://bit.Ly/153fa87 and listen to some of the free podcasts for more specific information.
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