behavior educators healthcare parents

ADHD Available Treatments

Psychosocial Treatment for Children and Adolescents with ADHD

Managing Medication for Children and Adolescents with ADHD

ADHD Medication Tables*

Stimulant Medications Used in the Treatment of ADHD

Nonstimulant Medications Used in the Treatment of ADHD

*Source: "Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" by L. Susan Buttross, MD, FAAP, published by University Press, First Edition, 2007.


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Principles of Evaluating Treatments


There is no single treatment protocol for all children with autism, but most individuals respond best to highly structured behavioral programs. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development lists Applied Behavior Analysis among the recommended treatment methods for autism spectrum disorders.


  • The key to any effective treatment option is individualization.
  • Approach any new treatment with caution.  Remember the goal of any treatment should be to help the person with ASD become a fully functioning member of society.
  • Be careful of any program or technique that claims to work for every person with ASD.  Not all programs work for everyone.
  • Be aware that any treatment represents one of several options for a person with ASD.  There are many options out there to choose from.  Be sure to ask the advice of a professional that you trust.
  • Because all children with ASD are different, treatment should always depend on an individual assessment that decides if it is an appropriate choice for a particular child.
  • Be aware that no new treatment should be started until its usefulness for children with ASD has been shown.
  • Be aware that some new treatments may not have been scientifically tested or confirmed.




General Questions to Ask Regarding Specific Treatments


  • Will the treatment result in harm to the child?
  • If the treatment fails, how will this affect my child and family?
  • Has the treatment been proven to the be effective by scientists?
  • Are the treatment procedures detailed and explained?
  • How will the treatment fit into the child’s current program?
  • REMEMBER: Do not become so wrapped up in a particular treatment that other options are ignored or postponed.


Early Identification and Treatment of
ADHD * Autism Spectrum Disorders * Speech/Language Disorders

Working together as a team to improve the lives of children in Mississippi

Sponsored in full by The Phil Hardin Foundation