A personal experience with our dog Eli made me wonder whether animal-assisted interventions have the potential to support the treatment and care of children with ADHD. A subsequent literature study provided ample indication that several mechanisms of animal-assisted interventions can have a positive effect on several core symptoms of ADHD.
There is a lot of discussion about the pharmacological treatment of ADHD. This discussion, however, might miss an important aspect, namely whether our general understanding of how pharmacological treatments work in developmental diseases is correct. I say, we miss our opportunities!