Treatment APproach

 

Each patient with ADHD presents with their own unique combination of symptoms and circumstances.  Treatment must be tailored to the individual.  Medication is extremely effective in treating the core symptoms of ADHD and is utilized in many cases.  However, there are some patients who do not respond well to medication or have contraindications to taking certain kinds of medications due to an existing medical condition.  Some parents may not feel comfortable starting their child on medication and prefer to start with non-medical treatments, while others might want to do a combination. Non-medical treatments may include behavioral therapy, coaching, parent training and educational interventions (IEPs or 504 plans, tutoring.) In addition, there is increasing evidence to support the use of complementary treatments such as dietary interventions, vitamin and mineral supplementation, exercise and mindfulness meditation. Dr. Ludlow can help develop a treatment plan tailored to each child’s unique needs in accordance with parents’ goals and comfort level.