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Understanding and Managing ADHD in Children and Adolescents

A presentation by: Richard Zakreski, Ph.D.
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Dr. Zakreski addressed the symptoms, causes and impact of ADHD upon the lives of children and adolescents at home, at school and with their peers. He discussed effective treatments, both environmental and pharmacological.

Comments(8)

  1. karenmastro@comcast.net says

    Is it possible to get a copy of the middle school behavior chart?

    • Rick Zakreski says

      With regard to the charts, I will ask Kelley Teabo of NJCTS to make those particular slides available so that anyone can download, print and use them.

  2. bcapote says

    Is it possible to get a copy of the list of commonly used medications for ADHD? brigcapote@aol.com

    • Rick Zakreski says

      With regard to the medication lists, I will ask Kelley Teabo of NJCTS to make those particular slides available so that anyone can download, print and use them.

  3. michellemignano says

    Has anyone’s child suffered with terrible anxiety and panic attacks while on Stattera?

    • Rick Zakreski says

      Yes, although it is an infrequent experience, this has occurred in some kids. You can talk to your child’s prescribing physician and ask him/her to make a change.

  4. STM11 says

    My 11 year old son’s tics are exacerbated by anger/frustration as well as the “regular” excitement and stress. Using behavior mod techniques such as in the charts (in my experience with him) would cause him more frustration. Also, very little motivates him (i.e. using the chart with a reward at the end). Any suggestions? He is on Prozac which has helped regulate his moods/frustration/irrational anger greatly. I enjoyed your webinar greatly! Thanks!

    • Rick Zakreski says

      Tics are exacerbated in the presence of stress so anger and frustration would likely increase them. You have a bit of a trade-off situation. The use of charts would probably improve your son’s behavioral adjustment and self-control but the implementation of the chart, especially in the early stages when he might not achieve alot of success, could stress him. My advice would be to implement the chart but gear your ratings to be more positive at first; in this way you could ease him into success with the program. Once he has achieved some stability in his scores, you could gradually make your expectations more challenging. Using rewards at the end of the day is a great way to motivate a child. The ones on my chart (dessert, access to electronics, later bedtime, prizes/$) usually work pretty well. You know your child better than anyone; if you feel other rewards would motivate him more, use them. Glad you enjoyed the Webinar! Dr. Zakreski

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