Children & Teens With ADHD
We know that it isn’t always easy to keep your child’s attention, especially when it comes to certain tasks, chores, or homework that they just don’t want to do; however, if your child’s inattentiveness and daydreaming persist and it’s impacting their schoolwork, home life, and socialization then you may be concerned that they have ADHD.
ADHD is incredibly common in school-aged children, impacting nearly 10 percent of children between the ages of 6-11 and nearly 14 percent of teens between the ages of 12-17. Here at Children's Healthcare Medical Associates, we provide every patient the custom treatment plan they need to help them manage their ADHD effectively.
Once we’ve evaluated and diagnosed your child or teen, we will then map out a detailed treatment plan to set you and your child up for success. Treatment will depend on the age of your child, as well as the type of behaviors and symptoms they are displaying. The two main types of treatment options for both kids and teens are medication and behavior therapy.
If children are under 6 years old, then behavior therapy is considered the standard course of action before considering medication. While medication can be beneficial for many kids and teens with ADHD, we also know that it isn’t right for every child. We understand that parents may have reservations about putting their child or teen on medication, especially for life. At Children's Healthcare Medical Associates, we will always listen to your concerns and needs before we create a treatment plan for your child.
Behavior therapy and training are one of the most effective solutions for children and teens. Your child’s school may also be able to provide additional resources and support for your child to make managing their ADHD easier while also helping set them up for success within the classroom. We would be happy to discuss classroom interventions and other ways to support your child or teen at school.
Parents will also need to go through certain training to be able to know how to manage their child or teen’s ADHD behaviors. After all, parents need to know how to support and nurture positive behaviors while also preventing unwanted behaviors from continuing to happen. By getting parents in on the training process, they can also learn what to do and not do when it comes to helping and caring for their child or teen with ADHD.
There are two types of medications that may be prescribed to your child if they are over the age of 6 (some medications have also been approved for children under 6 years old). Stimulants are some of the most commonly used medications for helping manage ADHD symptoms; however, there are also non-stimulant medications on the market that can also help children and teens manage symptoms every day. When placing your child or teen on any new medication, we will continue to monitor them closely to make sure that the dose and medication are right for them.