Course introduction

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Part 1: ADHD diagnoses and the evidence for medication as a first line treatment

    • Course introduction

    • Parent concerns about ADHD medication

    • Course outline

    • Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity

    • 3 subtypes (presentations) of ADHD

    • Differential diagnosis: most inattention is not ADHD

    • The case for medication management: consequences of failure to treat

    • The case for medication management: effectiveness of medication

    • Nonpharmacologic malpractice

  • 2

    Part 2: How to do a medication trial

    • Introduction to how to do a medication trial

    • Medication trial form download

    • Using medication trial forms

    • Possible outcomes of treatment trials

    • Choosing a medication

    • How to talk with your child about ADHD meds

  • 3

    Part 3: Managing uneven medication coverage (troughs)

    • Managing uneven medication coverage: trough-tracking

    • Trough-filling failure (TFF)

    • Early morning trough

    • Afternoon, after-school, and early evening troughs

    • Bed-time trough

    • To fill or not to fill troughs?

  • 4

    Part 4: Managing medication side effects

    • Managing medication side effects: discontinue, monitor, accommodate, or treat?

    • Nutrition and growth side effects

    • Sleep side effects

    • Mood side effects

    • Personal-social side effects

    • Attention side effects

    • Involuntary motor behavior side effects

    • Physical symptom side effects

    • Managing side effects: summary

  • 5

    Part 5: Discontinuing medication

    • Discontinuation trials: why stop medication?

    • How to run a controlled discontinuation trial

    • Discontinuation trials to see: is medication still needed?

    • Discontinuation trials to see: is medication causing a side effect?

    • Discontinuation trial outcome examples

    • Combined therapy to improve ADHD control and lessen side effects

    • Conclusion and additional ADHD medication references

  • 6

    Bonus Content: Medication for ADHD (Ebook Chapter)

    • Medication for ADHD (from the Parent Child Excursions Book)