Does your child struggles with focus, attention, and procrastination? If you think that they might have what we refer to as ADHD in children, the Sachs Center is the right place for you. From assessment to treatment, we offer a one-stop shop for your child’s ADD/ADHD treatment and ADHD medication in New York.
ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The diagnosis of this type of neurodivergence is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.
Children with ADHD may have difficulty paying attention, may be hyperactive or restless, and may act impulsively. These symptoms of ADHD occur in 2 or more settings. This often includes work, school, or social settings. Although ADHD often starts becoming apparent in childhood, it continues into adolescence and adulthood.
An estimated 11% (6.4 million) of US school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD.
Despite stereotypes of ADHD only affecting boys, girls and nonbinary people also experience ADHD. Research suggests, in fact, that girls with ADHD are more likely than boys to report mostly inattentive symptoms. You may say, “I thought kids with ADHD were supposed to be hyper!” However, while some girls experience hyperactive/impulsive symptoms (i.e. always running around and interrupting people), other girls experience inattentive symptoms (like daydreaming and having trouble focusing during conversations with friends). Here’s why:
There are actually three types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, and combined. For example, the hallmarks of inattentive-type ADHD include frequent daydreaming, losing things, and being easily distracted by external influences (for older adolescents, this includes their own thoughts). Treatment for your child with ADD or ADHD must address their specific needs.
In addition, inattentive ADHD symptoms may be less noticeable than hyperactive or impulsive symptoms, no matter the gender of the person experiencing them. Therefore, it’s important that parents know what to look for in terms of the core symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Child ADD and ADHD Treatment
The Sachs Center goes beyond labels, taking a holistic, child-centered approach to treatment for ADD and ADHD in the New York area. We pride ourselves on our individualized care and attention. Our treatment is “big picture” and focused on the whole child. We don’t see your son or daughter as a diagnosis or set of symptoms, but as a person with strengths and weaknesses.
Furthermore, 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 therapy, ADD Coaching, social skill groups, neurofeedback, nutritional, organizational coaching and medication to improve the overall functioning and help in behavior therapy of our pediatric clients.
Our staff keep up with the latest science and research. However, we believe that every child is unique, with different histories, circumstances and approaches to dealing with life. A cookie cutter approach won’t work with every child with ADHD.
Step One: Evaluation
If you choose to pursue treatment with us, you’ll meet with our ADD/ADHD specialist to come up with a plan to manage your child’s ADHD. To begin, 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. Afterwards, your therapist will discuss the different treatment methods we offer and share with you the pros and cons of each.
Step Two: Choosing a Treatment Method
Secondly, you and your therapist will pick a treatment for ADHD with different methods for your child with ADD or ADHD. Together, you will begin the process of change. Below are a list of links 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. If we are not making progress, we can adjust treatment for your child with ADD or ADHD.