Behavioral Therapy for Effective ADHD Treatment
As a parent with an energetic child, you may have been approached by a teacher or a sports coach about your child’s inattention or inability to make friends.
But how can you be sure that your child requires Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) therapy?
Learn more about the symptoms of ADHD and how The Family Center can help.
Symptoms of ADHD
Children with ADHD show signs of inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. These children may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:
- Become easily distracted
- Squirm or fidget frequently
- Talk excessively
- Have difficulty waiting in lines or taking turns
- Have difficulty following directions and completing tasks
- Experience difficulty organizing tasks
- Demonstrate poor academic performance
Is It Really ADHD?
Just because your child demonstrates inattention does not mean he or she has ADHD. There are many factors that may compromise a child’s ability to sustain attention, including the following:
- Learning disorders
- Under-stimulating environments
- Sudden life changes (divorce, a death in the family, a recent change in living situations, attending a new school)
- Undetected seizures
- Medical disorders affecting brain function
How We Help Treat ADHD
At The Family Center, we work collaboratively with pediatricians, educational staff, psychiatrists, and other members of the treatment team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets the unique needs of each child.
We provide comprehensive evaluations for children and adolescents, which include parent and child interviews, classroom observations, tests that measure attention and executive functioning, cognitive and achievement assessments, continuous performance tests, and behavior rating scales. These measures allow us to assess a child’s overall functioning, formulate an accurate diagnosis, and develop appropriate treatment recommendations.
A comprehensive evaluation is the first step in accurately diagnosing a childhood attention disorder.
Remember, proper assessment and diagnosis is crucial to treating children with attention difficulties. If you suspect your child may have ADHD, call The Family Center at (410) 531-5087 for a consultation.
Our specialty center, Focal Points, specializes in non-pharmacological treatment for children and adults suffering from ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions in Howard County, Maryland. Visit www.focalpointstherapy.com or call 410-531-5087 for more information.