ADHD is the most common disorder having to do with how the brain grows and develops. About 5% of children struggle with ADHD. They may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or they may be overly active. While it is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another, children with ADHD persistently struggle with these behaviors. The symptoms cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of behavior therapy and medication.
Behavior therapy is an important first step. Interventions encourage positive behaviors and discourage unwanted or problem behaviors. Training for parents is also important. Parents can learn skills to teach and guide their children and to manage their behavior. It is helpful to start behavior therapy as soon as problems are diagnosed.
^ “Meet two families and hear about their experiences living with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette Syndrome”
How can Ptarmigan Connections help?
Ptarmigan Connections offers a group to help middle school students learn to sustain their attention and regulate their behaviors. Families also have the option to meet individually with our licensed professional counselor. With early identification and early intervention, many children with mental health disorders live successful lives.
Erika L. Stannard, PsyD
Psychologist / Director of Clinical Services