What Are The Symptoms Of ADHD?
ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that begins in childhood. The hallmark symptoms associated with ADHD include,
A child may show one, two or all of these classic symptoms. These symptoms can range widely from child to child, which can make it more challenging to determine whether a child has ADHD or not. For example, one child may have trouble sitting still or may become disruptive in class while another child may have trouble paying attention, be forgetful or not complete school assignments. Both children could have ADHD.
Do you think your child might have ADHD? Many symptoms associated with ADHD are normal childhood behaviors (e.g. fidgetiness, daydreaming or being a bit rambunctious), so if these behaviors only happen occasionally then it’s typically not ADHD; however, if these behaviors occur in all settings, such as school, play and home, and it’s impacting your child’s life and relationships then this is definitely something worth investigating.
When you suspect childhood ADHD it’s important that you have a doctor you can turn to for answers and to shed light on this behavioral disorder. Here at Tri-State Developmental Pediatrics, we provide diagnostic evaluations for everything from ADHD and learning disabilities to behavioral disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
When you turn to our medical team there is the added benefit of having a board-certified pediatrician that also knows how to work with and treat children dealing with a variety of mood disorders, developmental delays, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral issues and more.
Our pediatric team offers ongoing support, advice and treatment, and we know that one treatment certainly doesn’t fit all children. We work with each individual child to create a treatment plan that will provide them with the best strategies to manage symptoms in order to set them up for personal and professional success.
Solutions for Children with ADHD
The commonly accepted treatment for children with ADHD is behavioral therapy, where the child and his parent are taught techniques for better managing the hyperactivity and inability to concentrate. In severe cases the doctor may prescribe medication. Some experts believe that changing a child’s diet for the better (such as eliminating sugar and giving him more vitamins) and providing positive reinforcement can also help.
Getting Your Child Help
If you feel that your child may be exhibiting signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, schedule an appointment with your pediatrician who is a trusted child doctor who specializes in ADHD and similar developmental disorders that affect children.