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Understanding Childhood ADHD: A Parent's Guide to Treatment and Management

Updated: Jul 28

As parents, you want the best for your child, but what do you do when they are struggling with ADHD? ADHD is a common neurological condition that affects many children and can impact their success at school, work and in life. However, understanding the condition and seeking the right treatment can make all the difference in your child's quality of life. At Wisconsin ADHD, we specialize in diagnosing and treating ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults with a patient-centered approach. In this blog, we will discuss childhood ADHD and how parents can manage and effectively treat the condition.

Childhood ADHD

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder that impacts a child's ability to focus, stay organized, and control their impulses. While it is most commonly diagnosed in children, it can also be present in adolescents and adults. ADHD tends to run in families. So, if you or your partner have ADHD or a family history of the condition, it is possible that your child may also develop ADHD.

Diagnosing ADHD

Diagnosing ADHD involves a comprehensive evaluation and assessment performed by a qualified medical professional. At Wisconsin ADHD, we conduct in-depth clinical interviews, behavioral observations, rating scales, and cognitive assessments to accurately diagnose ADHD. Once a diagnosis is made, our professionals work closely with parents and children to determine the best treatment options.

Treatment for ADHD

The most common treatments for childhood ADHD include a combination of medication, therapy, and behavior modification. Medication, when prescribed and monitored by a healthcare professional, can help manage symptoms such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Individual therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy can help children develop effective coping strategies and improve their communication and social skills. Behavioral interventions, such as behavior charts and rewards, can be effective for younger children.

Parenting Strategies for Children with ADHD

In addition to treatment, parents can adopt certain parenting strategies to help their child manage their ADHD more effectively. It is essential to provide a structured, predictable routine that fits in with your child's needs, as ADHD children thrive on familiarity and routine. Breaking tasks down into small, manageable steps, and providing positive feedback and praise can be immensely beneficial for children with ADHD. Finally, it's important to set real goals for your child and work collaboratively to achieve these goals.

Childhood ADHD can be a challenging and stressful condition for both parents and children. At Wisconsin ADHD, we strive to provide a patient-centered approach to help parents and children effectively manage the condition. Proper diagnosis and treatment, along with effective parenting strategies, can significantly improve your child's quality of life. Remember, with the right support and resources, your child can thrive, develop successful coping strategies, and achieve their full potential.

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