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New Zealand Guidelines Group

New Zealand Guidelines for the Management and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Ameratunga, S., Appleton, K., et al. (2001).
Wellington (New Zealand): New Zealand Ministry of Health, 77 pages.

AGREE Rating: Highly Recommended

Description:
This guideline provides recommendations for the assessment and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The primary audience for this guideline is health practitioners.

Recommendations:

Social Communication Disorders

  • Assessment/Diagnosis/Screening

    • Assessment Areas

        • Cognition/Language 

          • Since children with ADHD experience significant social and interpersonal problems, their interactions with parents, siblings and peers are an important aspect of assessment and ongoing treatment (p. 23).  

  • Treatment

    • Cognition/Language

      • General Findings 

        • Since children with ADHD experience significant social and interpersonal problems, their interactions with parents, siblings and peers are an important aspect of assessment and ongoing treatment (p. 23). 

        • "Consideration of how to improve social interaction with teachers and peers [may benefit children with ADHD in educational settings]" (p. 25). 

      • Pragmaitc/Social Skills Treatment

        • General Findings - Social skills training is one of a number of interventions that has been used to treat ADHD.  Currently evidence is insufficient to determine the effectiveness of this intervention (p. 46).

Keywords:
ADHD

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