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What Are Your Goals for Your ADHD Child?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: What are the best treatment options for your ADHD child?
Air Date: 10/23/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Andrew Adesman, MD
Andrew Adesman 2012Dr. Adesman is Chief of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Adesman received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his Residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also completed a Fellowship in Child Development and Rehabilitation at the prestigious Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to Board certification in Pediatrics, Dr. Adesman is Board certified in Neuro-developmental Disabilities and also Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Adesman has authored many research and review articles on developmental disorders in children, and most recently, is the author of a new book focusing on common parenting myths, BabyFacts: The Truth about Your Child's Health from Newborn through Preschool. He also co-authored a book on adoptive parenting: Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family.

Dr. Adesman has been repeatedly included in the book, How To Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area and is repeatedly listed in New York Magazine's list of "Best Doctors in New York."
What Are Your Goals for Your ADHD Child?
Determining parents' preferences and goals for ADHD treatment is an important part of treatment decision-making.

A study in the October 2013 Pediatrics, "Parental Preferences and Goals Regarding ADHD Treatment" (published online September 2), found that parents whose goal was to improve their child's academic achievement often initiated a medication-based treatment.

Parents whose goal was improving their child's behavior and interpersonal relationships were more likely to choose behavior therapy.

When seeking out ADHD treatment options, it is important to be involved in the shared decision-making process with your pediatrician.

This involves the active participation of families and pediatricians before initiating treatment, discussing risks and benefits of particular therapies, and the likelihood of achieving desired outcomes.

Dr. Andrew Adesman, MD joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the varied options for parents when deciding the appropriate path of treatment.
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