January Institute Notebooks

2018 Pediatric Psychopharmacology Update Institute Notebook
AACAP's 2018 Pediatric Psychopharmacology Update Institute: Cutting Edge Psychopharmacology: Fads versus Facts? discusses effective and safe treatments for childhood disorders. Speakers compare them to less well-established, but promising approaches with some evidence of efficacy that are still being tested. In addition, each speaker describes the unstudied treatments that have appeared on the internet, television, or social media. These include homeopathic medications, optokinetic training for youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the use of EEG brain maps to diagnose childhood psychiatric disorders, secretin injections or facilitated communication for youth with autism spectrum disorder, and Doman-Delacato therapy for children with cerebral palsy. Parents hear about these treatments from well-meaning relatives or friends or from the internet, that raise their hopes, but whose claims far outdistance any data.