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Example Treatment Plans for Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder

Margarita Woodbury, M.D.

A treatment plan for ADHD typically involves a combination of medication, therapy, and behavioral interventions. The specific treatment plan will depend on the individual needs and symptoms of each child. I work with the parents, child, and often external partners such as teachers to equip the child for success.

Therapy: Behavioral therapy can help children with ADHD develop coping strategies for managing their symptoms. This may include social skills training, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or family therapy. I can also work with parents and teachers to develop strategies for managing behavior and improving academic performance.

Play Therapy: Play therapy with me is another important component that can be added to the treatment plan for children with ADHD. Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses play as a means of communication and expression. It can help children with ADHD learn to regulate their emotions, develop social skills, and improve their attention and focus.

In play therapy,I use toys, games, and other materials to engage the child in play. I observe the child's play and use it as a way to understand the child's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I can then use this information to help the child develop coping strategies and improve their behavior.

I use Play therapy in combination with other forms of therapy and behavioral interventions, as well as medication. It is especially effective for young children who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. Play therapy can also be a fun and engaging way for children to learn new skills and develop healthy habits.

Behavioral Interventions: Behavioral interventions can be used in combination with medication and therapy to help children with ADHD develop positive behaviors. This may include positive reinforcement, or token economies. The goal of these interventions is to encourage positive behavior and discourage negative behavior.

Medication: Stimulant medication is sometimes prescribed to help manage the symptoms of ADHD. These medications can improve focus, attention, and impulse control. Non-stimulant medications may also be used in some cases. It is important to work closely with me during this process.

It is important to note that treatment plans for ADHD should be individualized to meet the specific needs of each child. The parents, teachers and I should work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that takes into account the child's strengths, weaknesses, and goals. With the right treatment plan, children with ADHD can learn to manage their symptoms and succeed in school and social situations. You can contact me to schedule an appointment so you and your child can thrive.

About me

Margarita Woodbury, M.D. is an integrative child, adolescent, adult psychiatrist & psychotherapist located in Walnut Creek, CA and serving patients across the San Francisco, Bay Area.


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