Around 10% of children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in America today. The leading pediatric medicine professionals at Advanced Pediatrics understand the unique needs of children with ADHD. They provide diagnostic services and ongoing treatment in a supportive and caring atmosphere, so children and their parents can feel confident and face challenges successfully. Call the Vienna, Virginia, office or click the online booking button to make your child’s appointment now.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that causes attention and behavior issues that can disrupt daily life. About 10% of American children have ADHD, and it’s one of the most prevalent childhood disorders today.
ADHD has three main classifications, each with unique behaviors. They are:
Children with inattentive ADHD often struggle to pay attention, follow directions, and complete tasks. They may have poor time-management skills and can be disorganized and forgetful. Parents and teachers often think that a child with ADHD isn’t listening, but it’s actually more of an issue processing what you’re saying.
Children with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD may fidget frequently, struggle to sit still, interrupt conversations, struggle to be silent, or have difficulty waiting their turn. Their behaviors may be disruptive at home or in school.
Children with combination ADHD show signs of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD.
Most children with ADHD experience the combined presentation, with both inattentive and hyperactive or impulsive symptoms.
It’s normal for children to be playful, energetic, and even exuberant at times, and it’s also fairly common to struggle occasionally with paying attention. But, when symptoms are severe enough to disrupt home life, school, or other aspects of your family’s daily life, it could be an indicator of ADHD.
ADHD diagnosis starts with a physical exam and standardized screenings, which may include testing to eliminate other conditions. Neuropsychological testing, in which your child spends about half a day at the practice undergoing noninvasive tests, can be a crucial part of an ADHD diagnosis when there are more complicating factors or comorbidities at play.
The testing process evaluates memory, attention, learning, visual-spatial skills, visual-motor communication, and many other areas to find the source of your child’s difficulties and reveal the best treatment path.
Advanced Pediatrics offers comprehensive ADHD care. They caring providers work collaboratively with you to find the ADHD management plan that meets your child’s needs the best. Treatment may include both psychotherapy and medication.
Psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help reduce negative thoughts and patterns, increase healthy ones, improve communication, and boost problem-solving skills.
In terms of medication, stimulants like Ritalin®, Adderall®, and Concerta®, are the front-line treatment for ADHD. There are also nonstimulant medications like Strattera® and Intuniv®, which can work as adjunctive therapies (taken alongside stimulants) for optimal results.
For ADHD testing and treatment, call Advanced Pediatrics or click the online scheduler now.