Treating Young Children for ADHD

Treating Young Children for ADHD

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers new guidelines for diagnosing and treating ADHD in children as young as four: Debate over ADHD behavior management strategies and drug options in the early years.

Earlier this week the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for treating and diagnosing ADHD. The disorder, often characterized by hyperactivity and an inability to focus, is thought to affect about 8 percent of all kids. The new guidelines aim to help pediatricians identify ADHD in children as young as four. Previous recommendations applied to children six and up. Many pediatricians agree that attention deficit problems can be apparent in preschool age children, but there is debate over what treatments, if any, are appropriate. Join us to talk about diagnosing and treating ADHD in young children


Dr. Mark Wolraich

professor of pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
lead author, ADHD clinical practice guidelines

Dr. Mark Batshaw

executive vice president and chief academic officer, Children’s National Medical Center; professor and chairman, Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Rick Ostrander

associate professor and director of Pediatric Medical Psychology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Claudia Gold

pediatrician and author of "Keeping Your Child in Mind"

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