An ADHD Diagnosis And Treatment Plan

The inability to pay attention and impulsive behaviors are often attributed to ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. This neurodevelopmental disability often appears during childhood. Any causes for concern in the manner your child behaves in social settings may prompt you to seek a medical diagnosis. 

The Diagnosis

A doctor may use a series of tests and social observations to diagnose ADHD. A caregiver, such as a teacher or a daycare provider, may offer insight into a child's condition. A parent may also take note of some characteristics that seem abnormal. The information that a doctor collects, in addition to their own findings, can determine if a child has ADHD. Some children outgrow ADHD by adulthood. If ADHD is caught early enough, medication and psychotherapy can counteract the progression of this condition. 

Educational Help

A child who has ADHD should not be segregated from their peers. A school counselor, a private counselor, teachers, and parents and guardians can work together to provide a child with the support they need. In some situations, a child may be required to participate in some remedial courses. Being directed to take classes like this is not indicative of a learning disability.

Because ADHD can impede a child's ability to concentrate, a youngster may initially have difficulty retaining the information that they are taught in school. In spite of being required to take specialized classes, a child will be mainstreamed too. A child will receive extra help from a teacher, plus may be placed in classes that have a small student-to-teacher ratio.

Other Treatments

A doctor may perform a physical exam, prior to prescribing any ADHD treatment methods. A child's age will have a bearing on what type of oral prescription is provided and the dosage requirements. An oral prescription will aid in maintaining focus and avoiding impulsiveness. A doctor will outline how long it may take for a child to respond to medication.

Some medications may have side effects. A parent will be alerted about these side effects and may be directed to take notes about how their loved one responds to their medication. Meeting with a counselor for group or individual counseling sessions may also be recommended. A child with ADHD may feel frustrated or have difficulty verbalizing their thoughts to others. A counselor will be able to sit down with a child and encourage them to speak aloud. A counselor will keep track of a child's progress.

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