Attentional Concerns / ADHD

Difficulty concentrating, sustaining attention, or controlling impulses?

 

ADHD

Children and adolescents who have an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently experience difficulty concentrating, sustaining attention, and controlling impulses. They may demonstrate primarily hyperactive symptoms, primarily inattentive symptoms, or a combination of hyperactive and inattentive symptoms.
 

Hyperactive or impulsive behaviors include:

  • Fidgeting
  • Inability to sit still
  • Excessive energy
  • Extreme impatience
  • Inability to delay gratification
  • Interrupting others
  • Verbal outbursts
  • Incessant talking

Inattentive behaviors include:

  • Easily distracted or unaware of the environment
  • Absent-minded or forgetful
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Difficulty organizing and completing tasks
  • Avoidance of mentally challenging activities

 

The Assessment Process

The first step in addressing attentional concerns is obtaining an accurate diagnosis, which may involve psychoeducational testing. During the assessment process, we typically:

  • Collect information from adults familiar with your child’s behavior in various settings, such as parents and teachers
  • Complete interviews with you and your child
  • Review records
  • Administer psychological testing

 

Treatment

We provide ADHD treatment that may include psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, parent-child therapy, social skills training, and academic coaching. Additionally, we provide pharmacological treatment and medication management.