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ADHD can affect all parts of a person’s life. Children with ADHD who take part in early intervention programs tend to need less services in the school, justice and health systems later in life. The condition of children with ADHD can also be improved by combining medication to educational and other interventions. The use of medication may help to reduce the severity of symptoms and thus facilitate the implementation of an intervention.

Early intervention can help children improve:  

  • Self-control – how they control their emotions and behaviours  

  • Executive functions – structuring and planning, making decisions, judgment

  • Social skills – making and keeping friends, interacting and being confident with others

  • School success – being able to sit still, listen, understand and progress well according to their developmental stage 

Getting help in the early years can bring short- and long-term benefits to children as it can mitigate problems associated with ADHD, such as learning disabilities, anxiety, depression and behaviour problems.