Young children prescribed ADHD drugs against advice

This week news emerged that contrary to national guidelines some pre-school children are being prescribed  drugs to ‘treat’  ADHD.   A survey of educational psychologists has shown that pe-schoolers are being given methylphenidate, most often prescribed as Ritalin, too soon and against the NICE guidelines.  The NICE guidelines for health workers suggest that psychologicial intervention should be used before medication is considered.  The guidelines state “Drug treatment is not recommended for pre-school children with ADHD”  The survey, which was conducted by psychologists at the Institute of Education and University College London, will be published in 2015. You can find out more at:

If you have concerns about your child having ADHD and would like some help or advice contact your local educational psychology service or a private educational psychologist who will be able to help.

Contact Charles Ward, Chartered Educational Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society here or by email