Drug use for ADHD massively increased

Is there nothing we can do for ADHD pupils other than give them Ritalin?

The issue of how to handle ADHD pupils and students is getting ever more complicated.

Last year it was revealed that people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who are involved in crime are less likely to reoffend when on treatment than not, a Swedish study shows. In August 2013 it was revealed that there has been a 50% rise in the use of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in six years.

The Care Quality Commission expressed concern about this level of use.

Reflecting on the figures, consultant psychiatrist Professor Tim Kendall, who has compiled national guidelines on treating ADHD, said on Radio 4 that there are real dangers to people who take ADHD drugs over a long period.

Professor Kendall observed that, “If you take Ritalin for a year, it’s likely to reduce your growth by about three-quarters of an inch…. There’s also increasing evidence that it precipitates self-harming behaviour in children and in the long term we have absolutely no evidence that the use of Ritalin reduces the long-term problems associated with ADHD.”

However there are alternative ways of dealing with ADHD children, which is why Helping ADHD pupils and students through school was written.

It is a volume that explores recent research and then sets out in great detail exactly how ADHD pupils can be helped and supported in their day to day activities within the school without the use of drugs.

A fundamental view of the book is that the best approach for any ADHD child is one in which the parents and school can work together with a common purpose to help the young person – and with this in mind there is a substantial section of material at the end of the book that can be copied and passed on to parents.

This parental section contains both explanations, and practical approaches to dealing with the ADHD child at home.

Of course we all recognise that not every ADHD child’s parents will be able to work in the organised and controlled manner that will help ADHD pupils and students, and therefore we work within the school-based sections, from the basis that although parental support is ideal, it doesn’t always happen.

What is essential is that everyone who deals with an ADHD young person understands what ADHD is, how to distinguish it from other forms of excessive behaviour, and how to work positively with these young people for their benefit, without disturbing the rest of the school.

The book looks at individual behaviour, plus issues such as rewards, punishments, handling special days when behaviour may be exacerbated, overcoming impulsiveness, homework, where ADHD people can succeed and do well, ADHD and responsibility, and sport, the arts and other activities.

Helping ADHD pupils and students through school by Tony Attwood is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom which can itself be copied or loaded onto the school’s learning platform or intranet.

ISBN: 978 1 86083 855 2 Order code: T1789emn – please quote with order.

Sample pages can be viewed at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/attentiondeficit/T1789.pdf

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…

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