If you are a parent of a child with problems with focus, attention, procrastination, and have thought that he or she might have ADD/ADHD, 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.
ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a neurobehavioral disorder that 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, such as at work, at school, or in social settings. ADHD starts in childhood, but can continue into adolescence and adulthood.
An estimated 11% (6.4 million) of US school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime.
ADHD can impact girls, too. And research suggests that girls with ADHD are more likely than boys to report mostly inattentive symptoms. “But wait,” you may say, “I thought kids with ADHD were supposed to be hyper.” Well, the short answer is: Some girls may experience hyperactive/impulsive symptoms, such as always running around and interrupting people, but other girls may experience inattentive symptoms, like daydreaming and having a hard time focusing during conversations with friends. Here’s why:
While it’s not uncommon to hear people talking about ADHD as if the disease has only one set of symptoms, it’s not correct. There are actually three types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, and combined. For example, the symptoms of inattentive-type ADHD include frequent daydreaming; losing things; and being easily distracted by external influences and, for older adolescents, even their own unrelated thoughts.
In addition, inattentive ADHD symptoms may be less noticeable than hyperactive or impulsive symptoms — whether it’s a girl or a boy who’s experiencing them. That’s why it’s important that moms know what to look for in relation to the core symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Child ADD/ADHD Treatment
The Sachs Center goes beyond labels, taking a holistic, child-centered approach to treatment. 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 rather as a person with strengths and weaknesses.
We believe the client-therapist relationship is the key to real change. We 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. That is why we offer therapy, ADD Coaching, social skill groups, neurofeedback, nutritional, organizational coaching and medication to improve the overall functioning of our pediatric clients.
While our staff is versed in the latest science and research, we believe that every child is unique, with different histories, circumstances and approaches to dealing with life. That is why a cookie cutter approach won’t work with every child.
STEP ONE: EVALUATION
If you choose to pursue treatment at the Sachs Center, you will meet with our ADD/ADHD specialist to begin formulating a plan to manage your child’s symptoms. Your therapist will meet with you and your child to learn more about their current symptoms and the challenges they are facing at home and at a school. The diagnosis of ADD/ADHD will be confirmed before treatment begins. Then 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
Your therapist and you will pick a treatment method or methods and begin the process of change. Below are a list of links to learn more about our ADD/ADHD treatment options for children:
STEP THREE: REEVALUATE WHAT IS WORKING
You and your child’s therapist will periodically meet to review what is working. If progress is not being made, a different treatment option can be considered and implemented.