According to the CDC, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is one of the most common chronic conditions in neurodevelopment, and it occurs when the central nervous system and the brain suffer impairments that affect growth and development. Let’s look at the symptoms of ADHD in children and how therapy can help both the child and parents.
Symptoms Of ADHD
Although it is perfectly normal for any child to have difficulty focusing or behaving, a child with ADHD never completely grows out of the behavior. These symptoms can continue into adulthood and may become severe and lead to problems at home, at school, or with peers. Symptoms can begin as early as age 3, but usually present before age 12.
There are three different types of ADHD depending on the kinds of symptoms: inattention, hyperactive-impulsive, and a combination of the first two.
With this type, the child finds it difficult to organize or finish any task, pay attention to details, and follow instructions and conversations. They will be easily distracted and forgetful even with daily routines.
This type of child will find it difficult to sit still and seems to be in constant motion. In addition, they will talk and fidget a lot. Smaller children will run and jump constantly, speak at inappropriate times, not be able to wait their turn, and seem to get into accidents and fall frequently.
This is when both types of symptoms are present together.
How Therapy At Pathway Psychiatry and Counseling Center Can Help
A child with ADHD can exhibit low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and poor performance at school. Success can be achieved by learning and practicing strategies to overcome their particular issues along with the following:
- Parental training in behavior management to help create a thriving environment at home
- Giving the child tools to manage his or her own symptoms
- Medication to reduce symptoms
- Behavioral intervention in the classroom to help teachers understand any necessary accommodations
In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of behavioral therapy and medication. For younger children ages 4-5, behavioral therapy by a certified pediatric therapy specialist and training for parents works best before moving to medication.
It is recommended that children 6 and older be treated with medication and behavioral therapy together. Good training should include close monitoring of how much and if the treatments are helping the child’s behavior – with the flexibility to make changes if necessary.
If your child needs therapy for ADHD, contact Pathway Psychiatry and Counseling Center for an appointment today!