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February 23, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am / Pacific Time
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Pharmaceuticals for ADHD? How to Get Better Results

Pharmaceutical agents continue to be the most common treatment in the U.S. for patients with ADHD who are over five years old. While not the ONLY way to help children and teens with ADHD, and certainly much less useful for very young children, and despite almost continual controversy about their use since the 1950’s, there has been no major change over the last 70 years in this treatment approach. What has changed are dosing amounts, the amount of time it takes for the drugs to release into the bloodstream, contrived names for these medications, and similar superficial modifications to create a steady stream of renewed interest in them.
This cutting-edge webinar reveals additional interventions that when included in the treatment strategy tend to enhance the intended effects while minimizing those troublesome side effects. Combining these treatment strategies allows pharmaceutical treatment to become more successful. The developer of the “Medication Effectiveness Report” for monitoring the clinical and side effects of pharmaceuticals used with ADHD, Dr. John Taylor shares many of the strategies he has found most useful for parents and prescribers. He discusses the eight key desired effects of these medications, the most disruptive toxic effects and risks, common physician errors in prescribing, and tip-offs to overdosing as well as underdosing.
To help lay the groundwork for more insightful self-monitoring and cooperation with the treatment effort by children and teens, he shows you exactly how to introduce these pharmaceuticals to them. He also clarifies why many children and teens stop cooperating with this form of treatment, how to answer their objections, and what else to do to ensure better cooperation. The overall goal of this revealing webinar is to enable any parent to experience a more successful treatment attempt, with more behavior improvement and fewer difficulties than customarily occurs when parents have not had the benefit of such an extensive review of these often overlooked or misunderstood factors.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • List the key behavior improvements to expect
  • Indicate treatment effectiveness at various ages
  • State common objections from children and teens
  • Provide refutations and answers to those objections
  • Describe the most common side effects and their causes
  • Explain the most important supportive methods to employ


John F. Taylor, Ph.D. is a clinical specialist and a nationally-known author and speaker. Dr. Taylor has treated hundreds of children and adolescents who were displaying misbehavior at all levels of psychopathology.

The author and producer of over 200 professional journal articles, newspaper and journal columns, books, video DVDs, audio CDs and booklets, Dr. Taylor is perhaps best known for his landmark parent-teacher-counselor guidebook ”Helping Your ADD Child,” his best-selling “The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD.” and his definitive parenting guidebook about oppositional and defiant children and teens “From Defiance to Cooperation.”

His publications for professionals have included numerous articles in professional journals, and books including “Diagnostic Interviewing of the Misbehaving Child,” “Understanding Misbehavior,” and “Anger Control Training for Children and Teens.” Dr. Taylor has been a psychology instructor at UT-Chattanooga and two community colleges. He has presented seminars to clinicians, therapists, teachers and parents nationwide.

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