ADHD in Children Q & A
ADHD is somewhat common in children and the signs can seem pretty obvious, like inattentiveness and hyperactivity. The condition can be identified and treated by a professional, and we can help with this here at Night Lite Pediatrics, like by providing tests and medication. Call us now. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Melbourne and Port St Lucie.
How do you recognize ADHD symptoms?
ADHD is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a common childhood disorder. It’s formerly known as ADD which is attention deficit disorder. Many parents suspect their child has ADHD when they notice inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity which are common signs and symptoms of ADHD, but this doesn’t necessarily mean a child has the condition. However, you’re right to be weary if you notice those signs in your child. You should speak with a professional if you notice the following issues in your child:
- At school, possibly, or with homework
- Making careless mistakes
- Not following social rules
- Forgetfulness about daily activities
- Lacking focus
- Especially in preschoolers
- Trouble playing quietly
- Talking excessively
- A hard time waiting to talk or react
How is ADHD diagnosed?
ADHD requires professional diagnosis. A doctor will check a child’s behavior to see if it’s atypical for the child’s age or affecting the child’s ability to function at home, at school, or in social environments. Also, to be diagnosed with ADHD, the child must have had the symptoms for over 6 months. Certain tests can help with diagnosis, like a neurological assessment or an aptitude test. Remember, ADHD requires professional diagnosis and possibly also professional treatment, so please don’t assume your child has or doesn’t have the condition if your child has the signs and symptoms.
What are the treatments for ADHD?
Often, a child with the issues we’ve mentioned doesn’t have ADHD and will grow out of the issues, but sometimes treatment can help or may be necessary. A commonly effective treatment for ADHD is a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. It’s also necessary for there to be close cooperation between a doctor, a therapist, teachers, and parents.
Some of the treatments for ADHD are:
- Educational interventions – Like helping a child develop learning skills
- Behavioral therapy – This is often the best kind of therapy for children and can be very effective
- Psychotherapy – Like cognitive behavioral therapy; this can help in many cases, especially those in which the child has low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression
- Stimulants – Medications that can decrease hyperactivity and improve concentration
- Non-stimulants or other drugs
- Support from parents
There are a number of other ways we can help your child here at our clinic! Connect with us today to learn more.
Does your clinic help with ADHD in children?
Yes, we do! The professionals here at Night Lite Pediatrics can provide diagnostic services and treatments, and help parents help their child with ADHD. We have many locations in the Greater Orlando area and beyond, so please see our Locations page for the location nearest you. From that page, you’ll be able to contact your neighborhood location or book an appointment or consultation.
Reach out and connect with us if your child has ADHD or if you suspect it. We can provide the professional support of a pediatrician and empower you, your child’s teachers, and others to help your child. There’s a lot that can be done for a child with ADHD.
We hope to hear from you soon and help your child here at Night Lite Pediatrics!