- Only about 40%–50% of young children (ages 2–5 years) receive psychological services as part of their treatment for attention-deficit/
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—according to the latest Vital Signsreport.
- Behavior therapy is the recommended first-line treatment for young children with ADHD; it can work as well as medication and without the side effects.
- Healthcare providers should first refer parents [PDF–634KB] of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medication.
People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. Although ADHD can't be cured, it can be successfully managed and some symptoms may improve as the child ages.
ADHD: What's New
Treatment profiles for young children with ADHD by state.
Learn about effective treatment for children with ADHD.