Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Robert H. LaRue, Kimberly N. Sloman, Erica Dashow, Robert W. Isenhower

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Abstract

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood psychiatric disorders. As our understanding of ADHD has evolved, so have assessment and intervention strategies. Several assessment instruments have been developed to properly diagnose individuals with ADHD. Over the years, a number of intervention strategies have emerged for the treatment of ADHD. Considerable empirical support exists for the use of behavioral interventions and medications. Behavioral interventions have sought to address the symptoms of ADHD by targeting the core deficits of the disorder (i.e., impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness) and identifying environmental causes of the behavior. Medications have been used to treat the deficits associated with ADHD by influencing neurotransmitters in the brain. Both approaches have evidence to support their use. Evaluation procedures should be used to determine the effectiveness of any intervention strategies (i.e., behavioral intervention, medication, or a combination).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical and Organizational Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis
PublisherElsevier
Pages217-246
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780124202498
ISBN (Print)9780128007938
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

Keywords

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Behavioral treatments for ADHD
  • Medical treatments for ADHD
  • Treatment evaluation

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