Does your child struggle with their ability to focus, paying attention, and procrastination? Consider the possibility of ADHD. At the Sachs Center in New York, we specialize in comprehensive care for ADD/ADHD in children. From assessments to tailored treatments and medication management, we offer a one-stop shop for your child’s ADD/ADHD needs.
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodivergent condition characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning and development.
Children with ADHD often struggle with maintaining focus, exhibit hyperactive or restless behaviors, and act on impulse. These symptoms of ADHD typically occur in two or more settings, such as in work, school, or social interactions. While ADHD symptoms commonly emerge in childhood, they can continue into adolescence and adulthood, potentially affecting the child’s health and wellbeing.
An estimated 11% (6.4 million) of US school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD.
Contrary to common stereotypes, ADHD not only affects boys but also girls and nonbinary individuals. Studies show that girls with ADHD are more likely to report mostly inattentive symptoms. You may say, “I thought kids with ADHD were supposed to be hyper!” While some girls experience hyperactive/impulsive symptoms, such as running around and interrupting people, others may experience inattentive symptoms, like daydreaming and having trouble focusing during conversations with friends. As you read on, you will begin to understand the reason for these variations.
There are three types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, and combined. The hallmarks of inattentive-type ADHD include frequent daydreaming, losing things, and being easily distracted by external influences (in older adolescents, this includes their own thoughts). Effective treatment for your child with ADD or ADHD must address their specific needs.
It’s important to note that inattentive ADHD symptoms may be less noticeable than hyperactive or impulsive symptoms, regardless of gender. Therefore, it’s crucial to be aware of the core symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Child ADD and ADHD Treatment
At the Sachs Center, we adopt a holistic, child-focused approach to ADD and ADHD treatment in New York, going beyond mere labels. We pride ourselves on individualized care and attention, focused on the whole child and treatment from a “big picture” perspective. We view your child not just as a diagnosis or set of symptoms, but as an individual with strengths and weaknesses.
Central to our philosophy is that the client-therapist relationship is the key to real change. Our professionals will treat your child with respect, building trust and working together to bring more joy and success into their life.
We know from experience that one “magic pill” does not cure ADD/ADHD. We offer a wide range of interventions including therapy, ADD coaching, social skill groups, neurofeedback, nutritional and organizational coaching, and medication, all aimed at improving the overall functioning and aiding in behavioral therapy of our pediatric clients.
Our teams keep up with the latest science and research in the field. However, we believe that every child is unique, with different histories, circumstances, and approaches to dealing with life. We reject a cookie-cutter approach, focusing instead on the specific needs and nuances of each child with ADHD.
Step One: Evaluation
If you choose to pursue treatment with us, you will first meet with our ADD/ADHD specialist (the therapist) to create a plan around managing your child’s ADHD. In this initial phase, your therapist will meet with you and your child to learn more about their current challenges. During this time, the therapist will ask about challenges you are facing at home and in school.
We will confirm the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD before treatment begins. Following the assessment, your therapist will discuss the different treatment methods we offer, providing a clear understanding of the benefits and considerations of each one.
Step Two: Choosing a Treatment Method
After the evaluation portion, you and your therapist will collaboratively choose the most suitable ADD or ADHD treatment approach for your child. This is the beginning of the process of change.
Below are a list of resources to learn more about our ADD/ADHD treatment options for children:
- Social Skills Groups (Dragon Masters)
- Neurofeedback Training for ADD/ADHD
- Individual Therapy/Coaching
Step Three: Reevaluate What is Working
You and your child’s therapist will periodically meet to review what is working. We remain committed to actively adapting and refining the treatment plan if progress does not meet expectations.
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