In capsular form I would like to repeat the major points of this chapter.
First, most ADHD children respond to medication. All ADHD children deserve a trial of medication since there is absolutely no way of predicting which children will respond well and which children will not. Sometimes medication alone is enough. Because the prescription of medication requires a doctor, a physician must always be involved in the treatment of the ADHD child.
Second, changes in the relationship between the parents and the ADHD child are almost always helpful. Understanding and establishment of firm, consistent, explicit, predictable rules are always useful. Frequently, these can be achieved with little or no professional intervention, yet sometimes the assistance of a psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker may be helpful.
Third, some ADHD children need educational assistance. In many instances this will involve only remedial education, while in some cases it may mean special education. With such interventions, most ADHD children can be helped, often to a substantial degree. Not only will these forms of intervention diminish the present problems of ADHD children, but they will also often help to prevent future ones.