If your child can’t sit still, constantly talks over you, and gets in trouble at school for not being able to sit still, the issue may not be just behavioral; it could be medical: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At Hubbard Pediatric Group, LLC, pediatrician Holly Hubbard, MD evaluates, diagnoses, and treats children with ADHD. If you’re located in Loganville, Georgia, or the surrounding areas and have concerns that your child may have attention issues, call the office today to schedule your initial consultation or book the appointment online.
Various symptoms characterize ADHD, and they typically manifest in one of three ways. Inattention is a prominent symptom of ADHD and can lead your child into wandering off task and having trouble staying focused.
Symptoms of hyperactivity may also arise. Your child may move around frequently and fidget. They may tap their fingers, bounce their legs, or be quite talkative.
Children with ADHD also struggle with impulsivity issues. They act without thinking things through and put themselves and others at risk. Your child may have difficulty delaying gratification and overcoming the desire to “have it now.” That can lead to excessive interrupting or age-inappropriate temper tantrums.
While many children exhibit these types of behaviors at times, for those with ADHD, the symptoms arise regularly and lead to difficulty both in school and at home.
Dr. Hubbard uses a variety of means to help reduce the symptoms of ADHD. In most cases, she combines behavioral therapy, medications, and behavior modification techniques. As children age, the strategies and techniques develop and change.
Regardless of the treatment, Dr. Hubbard always monitors and follows the progress in each case.
Dr. Hubbard prescribes ADHD medication, often in the form of stimulants, as part of a child’s ADHD treatment. Although this medicine doesn’t cure the condition, it helps control the symptoms of ADHD and improves functioning. When administered correctly, medication improves your child's self-control at home and school and boost their self-esteem.
Behavioral therapy can help children change their behaviors. From organizing and completing homework to learning how to identify and control their emotions, this psychotherapy uses positive reinforcement and the development of prosocial skills to help children learn to self-regulate and monitor.
In young children, around age five and below, a majority of the treatment comes in the form of parent training.
While treatment is essential, the daily management of ADHD symptoms comes from establishing an at-home routine. Having your child eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and engage in 60 minutes of physical activity a day reduces symptoms, as does limiting daily screen time and ensuring your child gets a full night’s sleep.
To learn more about ADHD, call the office or go online to schedule your appointment.