Learn more about the best ways to treat your child’s ADHD symptoms.
Also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD is a behavioral condition that affects up to 11 percent of children and adolescents, as well as some adults. Children and teens with ADHD may have difficulty concentrating or focusing their attention. Sometimes they won’t be able to complete tasks or follow directions. While some of these behavioral problems may manifest in all children at some point during their lives, these behaviors are more common and severe in children with ADHD.
ADHD can make it particularly difficult for children to function properly at school or even at home; however, there are certain treatment options that your Woodbridge pediatrician recommends for managing ADHD-related symptoms.
Common ADHD Treatments
Medications are just one effective way to reduce behavioral issues in children with ADHD. The two types of medications prescribed are stimulants and non-stimulants. Stimulants are used in the majority of ADHD cases, as children tend to respond well to these treatments. However, non-stimulants have also been used for ADHD for a little over a decade and promise fewer side effects while also reducing ADHD symptoms for longer periods of time.
Behavioral therapy is a fundamental part of ADHD treatment, especially in children. These interventions can help reduce ADHD-related problems while in school or at home. Here are some ways behavioral therapy helps children with ADHD.
- Have your child follow the same schedule every day from the moment they wake up until the time they go to bed.
- Make sure that school items are stored in the same place each day so your child can stay organized and won’t lose important items.
- When your child is doing work make sure there are as little distractions as possible. This means keeping noise to a minimum and keep all electronics like the TV or computer turned off.
- Adopt a reward system for when your child reaches a goal or performs a positive behavior. This will help monitor your child’s progress and reward them for a job well done.
If your child is exhibiting signs of ADHD or you are looking for more effective ways to treat your child’s condition then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your child’s Woodbridge pediatrician, Dr. Oscar F. Sugastti at AAA Pediatrics.