Clinical Practice Points on managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) symptoms in children and adolescents provides guidance to health professionals to appropriately assess, diagnose and manage ADHD symptoms in children and young people. The aim of the document is to provide clarity to clinicians on one of the most controversial areas in ADHD - the use of medication, in particular stimulants, in managing children and adolescents with ADHD symptoms. The CPPs (Clinical Practice Points) also discuss psychological and educational strategies as other management options for some children/adolescents.
The CPPs will be most useful for GPs, paediatricians (including paediatric neurologists), child/adolescent psychiatrists, clinical and neuro-psychologists, allied health professionals and special educators who are working with children and adolescents with ADHD.
The CPPs stress the importance of looking for alternative explanations for the child's behaviour, and encourage clinicians to involve parents, carers and teachers in the assessment, management and review of each child/adolescent.