For many children, therapy or accommodations are not sufficient to support their needs. It is often that these children will need pharmacological intervention to help improve their attentional regulation, impulse control, emotional regulation and/or behavioral self control. Parents should be honest with their pediatrician about medication as well as ask several questions about ensuring the best care.
Questions Parents Should Ask When Determining If Medication Is The Right Choice For Your Child:
- What are the side effects of the medication? All medications have side effects and it is important to be aware of what to possibly look out for.
- How long should the child be on medication? It is important to ascertain if the medication is likely a temporarily solution or long-term.
- What therapies would be beneficial for the child to participate in while taking medication? It is often that medication alone is not sufficient. Children will often benefit from specific therapies and interventions to help teach emotional and behavioral regulation.
- Who should I tell? My advice about medication is to always inform the academic staff as to when a child starts medication. Many times, the teacher would be able to have a greater watch over the child and monitor whether or not there are experiencing any negative side effects.
Medication is often warranted in a child’s treatment regime. It is always important for parents to ask good questions and work with a treatment team in order to ensure the best success of their child’s social and emotional development.