Attention Deficit Disorder, commonly referred to as ADD, is a neurobehavioral condition that interferes with the ability to concentrate. Children with ADD experience a drive to do multiple tasks or activities all at once, which makes it hard to pay attention to one thing at a time. If your child has ADD, medication and behavioral therapies can improve his or her ability to focus. Dr. Karen Harum and Dr. Robert Nutt, the experienced pediatricians at the Clinic for Special Children in Wilmington, can develop an ADD treatment plan specifically for your child.
Signs of ADD
Not every child who appears to be hyperactive or defiant at times truly has ADD. Sometimes children are reacting to a specific incident or environment. The symptoms associated with ADD are part of a pattern of behaviors that persist across all facets of life, including home, school, and elsewhere.
It is important not to assume a child has ADD based on certain behaviors. The best way to know for certain is to tested and diagnosed by a qualified physician. Children who are formally diagnosed with the condition can then receive treatment to help manage their symptoms.
Some of the signs that a child might have ADD include:
- Difficulty listening or focusing during a conversation
- Difficulty focusing attention on a specific task
- Behavior that is disruptive or impulsive
- Misplacing items or forgetfulness
- An inability to follow directions
- An inability to concentrate
- A tendency to fidget a lot
Treatment for ADD
ADD can affect your child’s ability to function in various situations and settings, such as a school environment. Treatments are available to help your child improve focus, concentration, and attention. Two key components of ADD treatment for many children are medication and behavioral therapy. Stimulant medications, such as Ritalin, help diminish impulsivity while improving focus and attention. Behavioral therapy teaches kids to develop techniques for modifying certain behaviors and improving their ability to function in various situations and settings. The skilled pediatric team at our office in Wilmington can develop an ADD treatment plan for your child.
ADD can make it more challenging for children to function in everyday situations due to such symptoms as impulsivity, forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating. At the Clinic for Special Children in Wilmington, we can help manage ADD symptoms. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Harum or Dr. Nutt to discuss treatment options by calling the clinic at (910) 319-7744.