What is ADHD?
Signs and symptoms of ADHD can include significant difficulties with inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity. Inattention refers to difficulties staying focused on tasks, completing tasks, and ignoring distractions. Hyperactivity refers to excessive motor activity meaning that a child has difficulties sitting still, waiting patiently, or talking quietly.
Due to these difficulties, children with ADHD may also experience difficulties with academic achievement, school performance, and social situations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest Vital Signs report recommends that healthcare providers refer parents of young children for training in behavior therapy before prescribing ADHD medicine.
What will treatment look like?
One of the most effective treatments for ADHD is behavior therapy. During the initial therapy sessions, information about ADHD will be provided and specific goals will be discussed. The therapy will focus on teaching your child appropriate behavior, reducing problem behaviors, and teaching you how to manage the difficult behaviors. Therapy within the school can also be helpful in creating consistency across environments, while giving direct and immediate feedback to your child.