A website visitor writes: My daughter is eight and has recently been diagnosed with ADD. The psychiatrist only wishes to medicate her. We are very concerned about her and want to do what is best for her and her future, but don’t believe that immediately medicating is the answer. Please help.
The concerns of this mother reflect the concerns of many mothers whose daughters are diagnosed with ADHD.
There are many things that can be done to help an elementary school aged girl with ADHD other than medication. Whether or not your daughter takes medication, many other structures and supports need to be put in place to help her function at her best.
- Develop a strong working relationship with her teacher. Communicate and problem-solve with her teacher regularly.
- Make sure that your daughters teacher is aware of the very different issues facing girls with ADHD. (Providing her with a copy