Del Monte Fruit Bursts Squeezers
 
Home > School and Learning > Learning Differences > ADHD > ADHD Treatments > ADHD Medications Not Working
|

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

ADHD Medications Not Working

LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Eileen S. Marzola, Ed.D.

Q: My 11-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD and moderate to severe dysgraphia. He was taking Ritalin earlier in the year, and then was taking Adderall. The Adderall really seemed to hype him up, and his teachers did not notice a difference when he was on or off medication. I have taken him off the Adderall and he seems better. He has also seen a neurologist, and she did a sleep-deprivation test on him looking for seizures, and that came back negative. I am not so sure where to turn from here.

A: Although it can certainly make a dramatic difference, medication alone is rarely the cure-all for ADHD. It is only one of the elements in a comprehensive plan that may include both academic and social interventions.

Call CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) at 1-800-233-4050 to see if there is a branch of this organization in your community. Ask for a referral for a comprehensive evaluation site that will take into account all of your child's needs and monitor interventions to see which ones need to be modified to be effective. The Attention Deficit Disorders Association at 1-847-432-ADDA may also be able to give you more information and assistance.

More on: Expert Advice

For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.


Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Design Your Own Lunch Box Love Note
Pack a little extra love in your child's lunch with a custom-designed love note! Use our Lunch Box Love Note Creator to create your one-of-a-kind message. Brought to you by Del Monte.

Printable Fall Fun To-Do List
Celebrate the cooler weather with this printable checklist of fun fall activities for your whole family.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Care Package Items for College Students
Show your college student that you love and miss her by mailing a care package full of dorm room essentials and comforting treats. Whether it's her birthday, exam time, or just because, get care package ideas to brighten her day.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!