Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) impacts a child’s ability to sustain attention, inhibit impulses, and regulate behavior. ADHD also impacts a child’s executive functioning skills (e.g., planning, time management, and organization). There are three types of ADHD: predominantly inattentive type, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, and combined type. ADHD does not typically improve on its own, but research shows there are effective interventions that can be implemented to reduce the severity and impact of ADHD symptoms.
An evaluation can help gain insight into a child’s strengths and challenges related to ADHD and inform appropriate interventions at home and school. Children with ADHD often benefit from behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), executive functioning tutoring, and medication. When ADHD is not appropriately treated, children often have difficulty meeting school demands, struggle to form and maintain friendships, and are at an increased risk of substance use.
Your child might have ADHD if they exhibit some of the following difficulties:
- Does not give close attention to details.
- Distractible and has concentration problems.
- Does not listen or follow instructions.
- Fails to complete tasks.
- Loses and/or misplaces things.
- Is forgetful.
- Fidgets and squirms.
- Has difficulty staying seated.
- Talks excessively.
- Moves, runs, or climbs when not appropriate.
- Has trouble waiting turn in line or during games.
- Interrupts or intrudes on others.
If you have concerns about your child’s regulation difficulties, please call CNC at 847-272-2484 to schedule a consultation and/or assessment. Obtaining a complete profile of strengths and challenges is helpful in developing the most effective interventions. Our psychologists are also available to attend a school meeting and work with treatment providers to share the results and recommendations from the evaluation.