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Checklist: Things to Consider When Looking at Complementary Treatments

By Erica Patino

Complementary treatments for learning and attention issues are intended to complement—or enhance—traditional treatments. They’re not a substitute for traditional treatments like behavior therapy and ADHD medication. Examples of complementary treatments are massage therapy and nutrition supplements. No one type of treatment has been proven to work for everyone. Complementary treatments may or may not help your child.

Things to Consider About Complementary Treatments

It’s good to be cautious about any kind of treatment you’re considering for your child. Check out these questions to ask treatment providers including your child’s primary care doctor. You can also connect with other parents in our community. Their tips and experience could be valuable for you.

About the Author

Portrait of Erica Patino

Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Portrait of Sheldon Horowitz

Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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