Section 6 - Psychotropic Medications
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Definition of Non-Pharmacological Interventions (options that don't involve medicines)


Any psychological and social therapies, and behavior strategies provided to the child or youth, are considered non-pharmacological (non-medication) interventions.

In other words, non-pharmacological interventions are methods to manage behavior without the use of medicines. This may include therapy and counseling.

These interventions must be considered by you, the medical consenter, before or along with psychotropic medications. Non-medication options are specific methods a caregiver can use to help a child or youth manage behavior.

  • This may include therapy and specific behavior modification strategies.
  • Each child is different, so the strategies should be specific to the child’s needs and discussed with the child’s therapist or healthcare provider.