Hyperactive preschooler - try parent behavior training before medication, suggests new study

on Wednesday, 03 April 2013. Posted in Kid's Health, Mental Health, News Written By: HealthTzars News Group

Hyperactive preschooler - try parent behavior training before medication, suggests new study

A recent study conducted under the guidance of Dr. Alison Charach, from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto suggests that parents of preschoolers suffering from Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should initially opt for behavior training to manage the ADHD; and later on resort to medication for the child, if required. 

ADHD is a behavioral disorder that affects a child's learning ability and generally makes them very hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive. ADHD is known to affect over 11 percent of U.S school age children. While there is no cure for ADHD, it still can be managed effectively normally through behavior therapy and medication.

For this new study, Dr Charach's team analyzed 55 studies on different treatments for preschoolers at risk for ADHD. These studies were conducted in-between 1980 to 2011. From this set, the team was able to find eight "good" studies that focused on parent behavior training.

As per the research team, while medications can help manage ADHD, most of them have side effects on a child's mood and growth; training on the other hand helps parents understand their child's needs and thus helps bringing about moderate improvement in child behavior.

Commenting on the importance of parent behavior training, Dr. Alison Charach, stated-

"The main thing is really helping the parent understand their child and read their child."

She however clarified that it was important that parents attend all required training sessions;

"If parents only go to about half the sessions, they don't get nearly as much benefit," she added.

The team nonetheless clarified that though there is no right way to measure the effectiveness of parent behavior training viz-a-viz medication, yet there exists more evidence to prove that parent training sessions are more effective in managing ADHD in preschoolers. Keywords 

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