Pediatrics located in Woodbridge, VA
When your child has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may have concerns about future challenges and questions about possible treatments. Oscar Sugastti, MD, FAA, and Jacqueline Adames, FNP-BC, and the team at AAA Pediatrics, located in Woodbridge, Virginia, offer comprehensive ADHD assessment and long-term management to support both you and your child. For ADHD treatment, call or schedule an appointment online with their office today.
ADHD Q & A
What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a cognitive and behavioral condition that causes a child to have difficulty with impulse control, sitting still, staying focused, and completing tasks. Although younger children typically struggle with all of these, a child with ADHD continues to struggle with focus and control as they get older.
Other signs that your child may have ADHD, include:
- Difficulty following instructions
- Forgetfulness or being easily distracted
- Frequent fidgeting or restlessness
- Becoming bored easily
- Talking fast and interrupting often
- Constant movements, such as running and climbing
ADHD can lead to learning delays, anxiety, and poor self-esteem, especially for school-age and older children. Their symptoms may prevent them from forming healthy friendships and make school and social situations difficult.
What are the treatment options for ADHD?
Though there is no cure for ADHD, your child can learn to manage their symptoms successfully and to function well at home and school. Treatment plans typically include a combination of interventions, including:
- Behavioral therapy
- Parent training
- School adaptation and intervention
Effective ADHD treatment also includes close monitoring, follow-ups, and personalized changes to the plan as needed.
What kinds of medications may help with ADHD?
Medication may be a valuable part of a child’s treatment. They may help your child have better control over their impulses and behavior, improved ability to focus, and improved attention span.
The team at AAA Pediatrics uses two main types of ADHD medications: stimulants and non-stimulants.
Stimulant medications are widely used to treat ADHD, with approximately 70-80% percent of children responding positively. Stimulant medications, such as Adderall® and Ritalin®, help improve communication between nerves and balance chemicals in the brain.
Non-stimulant medications help balance chemicals in the brain that help improve impulse control. These types of drugs have fewer side effects than stimulants and can last longer—up to 24 hours.
Because each child responds differently to medication, the team at AAA Pediatrics may try different drugs and doses to find the most effective treatment for your child.
How can behavioral therapy help improve my child’s ADHD?
Behavioral therapy is an integral part of treatment for children with ADHD. It can help you and your child navigate their symptoms by teaching how to:
- Create a routine
- Get organized
- Avoid distractions
- Limit choices
- Practice positive reinforcement
- Create positive interactions
- Make reasonable goals
- Create healthy rewards
- Nurture talents and interests
- Apply effective, healthy discipline
When your child has ADHD, you aren’t alone. The team at AAA Pediatrics is with you every step of the way, from knowledgeable assessment and diagnosis to customized treatment plans.
If your child has ADHD, call or schedule an appointment online with AAA Pediatrics today.
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