If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior or a teacher or administrator has suggested an evaluation for ADHD, rest assured that answers are available. The team at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain has helped hundreds of Stone Mountain, Georgia, families find the help they need, to support children with ADHD and other behavioral issues. Book an appointment today to get started. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call to check for an open appointment time.
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It’s among the most common types of mental disorders that affect kids. An estimated 8.4% of children have ADHD, although many do not receive a formal diagnosis of the condition.
Children with ADHD have different brain development and activity than other kids. That can make it hard for them to control their behavior, which often leads to problems at home, at school, and in social settings.
Parents often have questions about where their child’s behavior falls on the scale of what is expected for their age. Knowing what to look for can make it easier to know when to seek professional help for a child’s behavioral issues.
There are three types of classifications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, and combined. Many kids experience symptoms that cross categories.
Some behaviors that could indicate ADHD include:
Some kids struggle with attention and impulsivity but are not hyperactive. This is often referred to as simply attention deficit disorder (ADD) and shares a similar treatment path as ADHD.
Very often, teachers and daycare workers are the first to notice symptoms of ADHD. Many parents become so used to their child’s habits and behaviors they fail to view them in the context of what is and is not normal for their child’s age group.
The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain is proud to offer an unparalleled team of professionals in the area of behavioral health and counseling. There are staff members who specialize in evaluating kids for signs of ADHD and creating customized treatment plans that can help.
Behavior therapy is one of the most powerful tools in treating ADHD. Therapists work one-on-one with your child to teach and strengthen emotional, social, and planning skills that can help your child thrive in school, at home, and in social settings.
Parent coaching is also an important part of comprehensive ADHD care at The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain. You meet with your child’s care team to learn how best to respond to behavioral issues and support your child as needed. You can also learn methods of bringing your child’s school into the process so that they can function well in the learning environment.
Medication might also play a role in your child’s treatment. Drug therapy can help many kids but is not the initial or mandatory treatment route.
If your family is looking for more information about ADHD evaluation or care, call The Pediatric Center of Stone Mountain or go online to schedule an appointment today.