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This course provides a critical overview of the treatments that have some efficacy for the management of ADHD as shown through scientific research. That literature is voluminous, however, and so space here permits only a brief discussion and critique of each of the major treatments. More detailed discussions of these treatments can be found in the texts by Barkley (2006) and DuPaul and Stoner (2003). In addition to this course, perspectives on state-of-the art treatment for ADHD are found in published practice guidelines from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (McClellan & Werry, 2003), the American Academy of Pediatrics (2010), the American Medical Association (Goldman, 1998), and the task force on empirically validated treatments commissioned by the American Psychological Association (Pelham, Wheeler, & Chronis, 1998). My perspective on diagnosis and treatment is highly congruent with these authoritative sources, but adds the important considerations of practicality and safety of treatments to guide overall intervention planning for children and adolescents with ADHD.

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