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How to Talk with Your Child About ADHD Medication

Posted Aug 24 2008 4:01pm

The more your child understands the purpose of medication and how it works, the more likely she is to cooperate. ~Larry Silver, M.D.

My son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of six. He began taking medication immediately after his diagnosis. I tried my best to explain to him why it was necessary for him to take a pill every day. I told him it would help him concentrate better in school and would help him sit still and listen to his teachers. That worked for a while. As he got older, his questions were more in depth. I wish I had better known how to explain the need for medication. If you are facing the same problem and aren't quite sure what to say or how to say it then have I got great news for you! ADDitude Magazine has a wonderful article on their website entitled A Parent's Guide to Explaining ADHD Treatment with Medication . The author, Larry Silver, M.D., provides sample explanations for several common symptoms, including: hyperactivity, distractability , and impulsively . He also encourages parents to offer input from their child. Making them a part of the process will give them some sense of control and responsibility.
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