ADHD is a neurodevelopmental difference with the key traits of Hyperactivity, Impulsivity and Inattention. Medication can be prescribed to support these traits for both adults and children, but in the UK, historically, medication is often used as the last resort – is that a good or bad thing?

In this episode ‘Medication for Supporting children with ADHD: Chemical cosh or reset button’, Fintan O’Regan joins Dale to discuss the:

  • range of medications available
  • pros and cons of medication
  • possible side effects
  • attitudes and opinions
  • national and international differences

There is no doubt that the issue of medication divides opinions amongst professionals and parents. It’s always a personal decision to be made by the child and family, based upon what is right for them.

About Fintan O’Regan

Fintan was the Head teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, which was the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD.

He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and the former Vice Chairman of the UK ADHD Network and of the European ADHD Alliance.

Fintan now works as trainer and consultant for schools and school support systems including, Social Services, Health, the Police and Foster carers with regards to providing behaviour management strategies for children and families struggling with SEND and behaviour issues. 

Contact Fintan O’Regan

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