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Study Supports Behavioral Therapy

A recent study conducted at Florida International University by William Pelham, Jr., PhD and associate supported the use of behavioral management as an effective primary treatment for ADHD. Over the course of eight weeks, the researchers worked with 146 children to determine the effectiveness of this technique with and without the addition of medication. The researchers concluded that beginning treatment with behavioral therapy produced better results for the children in the study than beginning treatment with medication.

Dr. Pelham was a guest presenter for our Ask the Expert webcast series to discuss Behavior Management and Combined Treatment for Children with ADHD.

“The way it works in parent training is you typically have a training session once a week,” Pelham said during the webcast. “A technique is introduced and talked about and then parents are given a homework assignment, go home and try it and see if it works for their child. They come back the next week, see if it worked and problem solve (if it didn’t work). Parent training isn’t a short-term fix. It’s changing the way you parent and then continuing that for a long period of time.”

Have you taken part in our Ask the Expert webcast lately? We regularly invite guest presenters to discuss ADHD treatment, lifestyle, organizational skills, co-occurring conditions and the latest in ADHD research. You can sign-up for free upcoming webcasts and search for your favorite topics among our previous webcasts. You can also find webcasts and other videos on our YouTube channel, YouTube.com/HelpForADHD.

This article appeared in ADHD Weekly on February 25, 2016.

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