Strategies to improve ADHD symptoms. Kevin M. Antshel, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry / Licensed Psychologist Director, ADHD Lifespan Treatment, Education & Research Program SUNY – Upstate Medical University. Outline. 10 principles of ADHD treatment
Kevin M. Antshel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry / Licensed Psychologist
Director, ADHD Lifespan Treatment, Education & Research Program
SUNY – Upstate Medical University
PRINCIPLE #1: There are no magic cures for ADHD
PRINCIPLE #2: For children and adolescents with ADHD, medication can help
PRINCIPLE #3: Too little or too much treatment (medical or otherwise) both have side- effects
PRINCIPLE #4: Strategies are effective only if the setting allows for their consistent implementation
PRINCIPLE #5: There's nothing better than a good teacher
1. The task at hand is more compelling than almost anything else around at that moment
2. There is some predictable and meaningful reinforcement for compliance with clearly-stated rules and/or some predictable and meaningful punishment for nonadherence with clearly stated rules.
Jensen et al., 2005
Make time physical, external, and obvious
Break down future projects and goals into small pieces and do a piece a day (or more frequently).
Bring the Es, Rs, & Os of life close together
Interest -- The brain prioritizes by meaning, value and relevance.
To have meaning, you must understand what you are learning.
In order to remember something thoroughly, you must be interested in it and think that it has value and relevance in your life.
Ways to create interest in a class in which you are confused or bored:
Techniques to help improve attention:
The more we know about something, the easier it is to learn more.
We tend to remember things at the beginning of a list or study session and things at the end.