Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is often diagnosed in childhood. Individuals with ADHD often have issues with focusing and paying attention, and/or impulsive behaviors and being overly active (hyperactivity). ADHD has three different types; predominantly inattentive presentation, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation or combined presentation.

Some of the symptoms of attention-deficit consist of difficulty paying attention and making careless mistakes. Difficulty following directions and organizing. Often losing things and being forgetful.

Some signs and symptoms of hyperactivity look like frequent inability to stay seated and often moving around or squirming. Often “on the go” and talks excessively, difficulty waiting their turn and interrupting. Children with hyperactivity may often run or climb where it is not appropriate and be very restless.

ADHD in Children
Therapy for children with ADHD can make a significant impact. This often consists of integrating parents in to session to build skills and provide tips to manage symptoms at home.

Ways for parents to help
Routine is highly beneficial for individuals with ADHD. Minimize distractions at home when working on a task and monitor for sensory overload. Be clear and precise when giving directions. Encourage healthy outlets such as extra-curriculars, sports or playing outside.

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