Saturday, June 1, 2013

Clinical Guidelines When Treating Preschoolers With ADHD Not Followed By 90 Percent Of Pediatric Specialists

Clinical Guidelines When Treating Preschoolers With ADHD Not Followed By 90 Percent Of Pediatric Specialists

....."It is unclear why so many physicians who specialize in the management of ADHD -- child neurologists, psychiatrists and developmental pediatricians -- fail to comply with recently published treatment guidelines," said Andrew Adesman, MD, senior investigator and chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park. "With the AAP now extending its diagnosis and treatment guidelines down to preschoolers, it is likely that more young children will be diagnosed with ADHD even before entering kindergarten. Primary care physicians and pediatric specialists should recommend behavior therapy as the first line treatment." ....

Comments: I wonder how many suggest a comprehensive eye and vision examination?  Binocular vision problems such as convergence insufficiency has been shown to be associated with attention problems. Do you think your child might have ADD, ADHD or problems with impulsivity? Developmental optometrists can help. To find such a doctor go to COVD or OEPF. If you live in Chicago-land consider the Illinois Eye Institute or Lyons Family Eye Care (the two places I tend to hand out at!) DM

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