The Kupot Cholim provide multi-disciplinary treatments for children with ADHD up until age 6.
- Medication treatments are also given beyond the age of 6, depending on the medical need.
- Children with ADHD and other disorders may be eligible for treatment in other frameworks (for example, severe behavioral disorders are handled by mental health professionals at the Ministry of Health, and learning disabilities are handled by the education system).
- For general information about receiving paramedical treatments, see: Paramedical Treatments for Children (Child Development Services).
Treatment with Medication
- According to the National Health Insurance Law the Kupot Cholim provide medications to those diagnosed with ADHD until they reach age 18.
- Currently, the regular Ritalin is included in the medications basket.
- Delayed release drugs are subsidized by the Kupot Cholim, each according to the specific arrangements that the Kupat Cholim has. See more information regarding Kupat Cholim arrangements for Ritalin LA and Concerta.
- Additionally in 2016, the Attent drug was added to the medication basket and is given based on the arrangements with the specific kupat cholim. For more information click here.
- Many children have difficulties with basic, gross and fine motor skills (for example, hand-eye coordination, balance, strength control, separation of movement, organization and orientation in space, grapho-metrics, etc.). Occupational therapy focuses on improving these functions, usually through playing different games.
- The treatment is given by a professional occupational therapist, for an hour or two per week, for a period of several months to two years.
- Speech therapy is intended for children with various language impairments, such as poor vocabulary, difficulty in verbal expression and organization of speech, difficulty in word retrieval, difficulty in naming, etc.
- Linguistic impairment is an inborn impairment. Many children with language impairment may be considered to have learning disabilities when they reach school age, especially if they have not been properly treated, because spoken language is the basis for writing.
- Speech therapy addresses the focal points of the child's difficulty in order to bring him/her to a level of proper functioning in his/her spoken language.
- Treatment is given once or twice a week for between several months and two years.
- Psychological treatment is provided by a therapist (clinical psychologist or clinical social worker, rehabilitative psychologist or educational psychologist), in a framework of one or two weekly hours.
- During treatment, the child learns to deal with his/her feelings and difficulties and to accept him/herself, builds strength and develops skills for interpersonal communication and social skills.
- Additional therapies (such as art, animal, movement, music, water, etc.) are provided through supplementary insurance of the health funds. For more details, see the Ministry of Health website.
- In most cases the treatment is not limited to any specific period, and can last as long as the patient is interested in it.
- In addition to caring for the child, parents are guided by the therapist on how to deal with the child's behavior at home or at school, how to provide assistance and support to the child, and deal with disciplinary problems, habits and norms etc.
- Psychological treatment can be given individually, with the family or in a group.
- Information packet for the general public - health insurance and health services for specific populations on the Ministry of Health website.