Tips for Parents of Children with Attention Deficit Disorder

Editors note: Below is some good advice Peter Jacksa. Do any parents with children that have ADD have any advice for the rest of us? kevin

Some Tips for Living with ADD
with permission from Peter Jacksa, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Immediate Past President: National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
National ADDA Board of Directors
Parenting Editor: ADDitude Magazine
* If there are concerns that you or someone might have ADD (attention deficit disorder), the first step is to have an evaluation done by a qualified health professional- a pediatrician, psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist or any type of professional who is well informed about ADD and can perform a comprehensive evaluation. It is perfectly fine to ask questions about the person’s level of expertise in working with people with ADD.

* Keep in mind the ADD is not something that can be “cured” and usually it does not “just go away” – think of it is something that needs to be managed and treated over time, probably many years, and possibly over the person’s entire lifetime.

* Seek the treatment and methods and support which works best for YOU. Many, (but not all) people with ADD can benefit greatly from medication- but it needs to be the medication which works for THEM, at the dosage which is most effective for them.

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