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HOW TO RECOGNIZE ADHD IN YOUR CHILD!

ADHD usually presents itself 2 or more settings at school and at home. When they are toddlers they can’t sit still they love to turn around in a circle until they get dizzy and collapse.

  1. Predominantly inattentive: a. Difficulty keeping on task and following through. b. Difficulty paying attention. c. Appearing not to be listen when spoken to. d. Often forgetting or easily distractible.
  2. Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive. a. Fidgets or has difficulty remaining seated. b. Always on the go. c. Talks excessively. d. Blurts out answers to questions or has difficulty taking turns.
  3. Combined (inattentive/hyperactive-impulse.

Does your child show symptoms of both inattention and hyperactive/impulsive behaviors.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s important to tell your child’s doctor about them and how they are impacting your child’s overall development-in school, and socially with peers.

When your child has been diagnosed with ADHD your first thought as a parent is “How can I Help my child”.

There are a variety of treatments out there to help tackle ADHD behaviors and help your child succeed.

Treatment options for ADHD: The initial treatment for ADHD is often focused on behavioral and school support.

a. Behavioral treatment and school accommodations.

b. Behavioral Therapy this include children and parents counseling and parent training.

c. For school accommodations may take on all different plans to see what works best for your child because every child is different they have the form 504 plans, individualized educational plans, (IEP’s), tutoring and or special education programs. And there are simple strategies that your child’s teacher may implement to help your child succeed in the classroom.

Medication options in ADHD

Behavioral and educational approaches alone may not be enough to manage your child’s ADHD, Medications may play an important role, and are used to treat core symptoms of the disorder, including inattention, hyperactive, and impulsivity.

There are 2 main categories of ADHD medications: Controlled Medications/Stimulants and Noncontrolled medications/nonstimulants.

Overall the doctor will give you a form to fill out about your child’s behavior at home. And give you one to give to your child’s teacher about his behavior in class. Once the doctor has all the information then he or she will decide from there what action should be taken.

Wanda White