When your child is having difficulty staying focused and learning well, they may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Our providers at Pediatric Associates, Inc. offer a holistic approach to treating your child’s ADHD from our office in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For a thorough assessment and personalized treatment plan, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain development issue that causes children or adults to have difficulty processing their environment and managing stimulation well. ADHD can cause a lack of focus, impulsive behaviors, and the inability to sit still.
Children with ADHD often struggle in school, in maintaining relationships, and in behaving appropriately in social situations. While ADHD is a chronic condition and does not have a cure, it is possible to develop effective strategies to help children with ADHD manage their behaviors.
A child with ADHD usually has signs of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. This may look different from child to child and may vary in severity.
Symptoms may include:
Again, some of these symptoms are common for most children until they grow out of these behaviors. However, a child with ADHD may not outgrow these symptoms, and as their peers learn coping skills, their behavior may be isolating.
When other causes of difficult behaviors are ruled out, like vision or hearing problems, an ADHD diagnosis is possible. An ADHD diagnosis may occur when concerning behaviors are:
A final diagnosis is made after a thorough health assessment, including a review of your child’s health history and a physical exam. Your child’s provider can only make a formal diagnosis based on true, objective information, not simply because a child is demonstrating difficult behaviors.
There are many ways to help your child be successful, including:
Your child’s physician works closely with you to understand all the behaviors that may be causing you concern, taking time to answer any questions and develop a plan for helping your child manage their impulses effectively.
To schedule an appointment, call Pediatric Associates, Inc., or book an appointment online today.