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Navigating an ADHD diagnosis can be challenging for both parents and children, but working with a skilled professional can make the process easier. The team at Southfield Pediatric Physicians, PC, is proud to serve the communities of Bingham Farms and Novi, Michigan. They offer diagnostic and treatment services for ADHD and can help your family find a path that addresses your child’s unique needs. Book a visit today online or over the phone.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is usually diagnosed during childhood. Kids with ADHD often have behavioral differences that can lead to problems at home, at school, and in social settings.
There are three types of ADHD, and your child’s diagnosis depends on the kind of symptoms he or she presents.
Kids with this type of ADHD often struggle to maintain attention for prolonged periods of time. They might have trouble completing tasks, following instructions, or remembering details of common daily routines.
Kids with this type of ADHD may have a hard time sitting still during class or meals. They might seem restless, moving around, climbing, or jumping at times when others are still. Impulse control is often a problem, and these kids can place themselves in harm’s way by making impulsive choices.
Kids with combined ADHD will display behaviors common to both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD.
For some children, ADHD symptoms will change over time, or come and go as they move through the stages of childhood.
For many families, the first sign a child has ADHD is concern from teachers or caregivers. In other cases, parents notice that their child is displaying behaviors that are different from siblings or other kids their age.
It’s important to take steps to have your child assessed by a pediatrician if you are concerned about behavioral issues. Many of the signs of ADHD are normal aspects of childhood. Kids will sometimes fidget, often fail to follow instructions, and are forgetful. However, when these behaviors begin to negatively impact family dynamics, school performance, or social interactions, it’s time to schedule an assessment.
Each child has a unique set of needs and will receive treatment customized to meet those needs. An important part of the screening process is a comprehensive assessment to determine if any symptoms might be caused by another condition, such as autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, or sleep disorders.
Treating ADHD is often done with a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. Kids can learn how to understand their impulses and make good decisions. Behavioral therapy also helps kids with ADHD learn to adhere more closely to expectations at home and in school.
Parent training is also a critical part of treating ADHD. Parents of kids with ADHD need different behavior management skills and can also benefit from the support and encouragement provided by pediatricians familiar with ADHD.
Behavioral classroom interventions can make a world of difference for kids with ADHD. The Southfield Pediatric Physicians, PC, team can help parents get the special education services, accommodations, or other school supports that kids with ADHD need to avoid school failure and thrive in the classroom.
If you’d like more information about ADHD assessment, treatment, or other behavioral health matters, schedule a consultation with Southfield Pediatric Physicians, PC, today. Online booking is always available, or you are welcome to call the office to check appointment availability.