ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorder in childhood. It has significant repercussions for the child and their family as well as affecting the child’s school performance, well-being and social interactions.
In 2001 the American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines for treatment for the evaluation and diagnosis of ADHD. Now they have extended the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children from 6 to 12 years to 4 to 18 years. The guidelines, “ADHD: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” were released at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference on October 16th and published in Academy’s Pediatrics.
The work of Inspir=Ed and the Spirit of Childhood Foundation, outlined in the research based book ‘eco parenting – growing greener children’ by Jane Hanckel provides strong arguments about the need to look at the environment, diet and lifestyle together with practical advice on how to avoid environmental triggers related to children’s behavioural disorders.