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Resources to Help Kids Thrive Newsletter

Treatment for ADHD

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

November 23, 2021

For most kids with ADHD, it takes a combination of strategies to help them thrive: treatment to reduce their symptoms, clear structure where they need support, and helping them play to their strengths. This week we’re rounding up resources on all those fronts.

For reducing symptoms​, stimulant medications are the most powerful tool. But they don’t work for everyone. That’s where nonstimulant meds come in. In a new article we explore how they work, when they’re recommended, and how they’re sometimes combined with stimulants to give kids the most benefit with the fewest side effects.

We also look at how parents can help kids with ADHD manage problem behavior and get organized, as well as the underrated benefits of exercise for kids with the disorder.

Related Resources

Understanding Stimulant Medications for ADHD

Ritalin or Adderall? Short- or long-acting? A look at the alternatives, and how they work.


What Are Nonstimulant Medications for ADHD?

A look at how they work and when they are recommended for kids with ADHD.


ADHD and Behavior Problems

Why are tantrums and defiance so common in kids with the disorder? And how can we help them manage their behavior?


Helping Kids Who Struggle With Executive Functions

How to build organizational skills based on each child’s strengths.


ADHD and Exercise

Studies show that even half an hour a day can help kids function better and feel better.