ADHD/ Learning Disabilities
According to the CDC, children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. Although ADHD can't be cured, it can be successfully managed and some symptoms may improve as the child ages.
According to the CDC parents report, approximately 9.5% or 5.4 million children 4-17 years of age have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007. Rates of diagnosis continue to increase.
Signs and symptoms of ADHD may be:
For some very great information about Learning Disabilities please visit the National Center for Learning Disabilities Website: http://www.ncld.org. Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that affect the child’s brain ability to process, store, receive and respond to information. Each child will be affected individually with their LD. Some common learning disabilities are: dyslexia, dysgraphia, executive functioning, ADHD and others.
For some children with ADHD/ LD’s challenging behavior may be a concern. Some of these concerns may include: not following directions and off task or disruptive behaviors in school and at home. With Applied Behavior Analysis, a behavior plan can be designed. Nicole will work with the child, parents and teachers to discuss goals and the implementation process. Some ABA strategies may include teaching the child organizational skills, self-management and self-regulation skills. The program may utilize effective strategies such as: visual aides, visual schedules, helping to arrange the environment to support the child, task organization and management.
This is not a complete listing of signs and symptoms of ADHD/LD’s, nor does it replace a formal diagnosis. Nicole provides this as an general informational tool for parents. If you have concerns about your child’s development or feel your child is not advancing at the rate of his or her peers, please contact me for a consultation or make an appointment with your developmental and behavioral pediatrician.