ERIC Number: ED481550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder: Alternative Treatment Plans for School Age Children Diagnosed with ADHD.
Carbonell, Claudia L.
This literature review of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reviews the diagnosis and treatment options for children diagnosed with ADHD. It describes the complexity of ADHD, its symptoms, treatments, and implications on a child's social and academic development as well as strategies for assisting such children. Individual sections address the following topics: definitions of ADHD; diagnosis; treatment and medication; educational implications; and research limitations. Treatment options discussed include drug therapy, neurotherapy, hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy, holistic approaches, parent education, and behavioral treatment. The paper concludes that, although diagnosis and treatment options vary, the following points are consistently made throughout the literature: (1) parents, educators, and evaluators need to be informed about ADHD and its subtypes; (2) qualified professionals should conduct all diagnoses and the methodologies used should be consistent with current research; (3) medication is an increasingly common form of treatment that should be handled delicately; and (4) alternative treatment programs and support groups are also available to control ADHD symptoms. (Contains 14 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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