ADHD or Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, is a developmental neurological disorder in which there are problems with hyperactive/impulsive behaviors, most pronounced in childhood. Some other symptoms include the inability to maintain attention and concentration and problems with listening and organization. ADHD believed to be a highly genetic disorder.
In order to diagnose this condition, a child must be affected by these difficulties in two or more areas of his/her life. Several diagnostic tools, as well as clinical history, are used to determine if the individual has exhibited these behaviors, which typically present around age 7. Diagnostic tools may include: parental and teacher surveys, computer-based testing, lab work, an EEG, and possibly a psychoeducational evaluation to rule out a learning disability. Sometimes a referral to psychology may be needed.
Treatment options consist of behavioral interventions, medication, or a combination of both. Medications used to treat ADHD consist of neurostimulants, non-stimulants, or a combination of both.
Staff at NNP are available to help evaluate your child for ADHD and, where necessary, make referrals to other physicians or therapists. Should medication be warranted, we will discuss with you his/her options and make timely adjustment in medications so that precious time will not be lost at school. We are in a partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Brain Institute in order to better serve children with ADHD.
For more information on ADHD, visit: www.chadd.org