ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. (American Psychiatric Association DSM-5)
ADHD effects children, adolescents, and adults. It is treated both with medication and with behavioral management. Successful management of ADHD occurs with a clear understanding of symptoms, strengths and weakness of each individual diagnosed, and compensatory skills. Understanding how ADHD looks at home versus school and how to respond versus react to the symptoms is a key part of counseling. ADHD effects the whole family and it is important to help the family navigate living with someone with ADHD.
Understanding your child's rights for accomodations in school is key to your child's academic success. Children's grades should be reflective of their academic ability not their ability to focus. Education and understanding of your child's rights is part of the therapy process.
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