ADHD Counseling

ADHD Counseling

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurobehavioral, developmental disorder that consists of attention problems and hyperactivity. ADHD is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children. According to the National Institute of Mental Health two million have ADHD.  This means that in a typical classroom at least one child has ADHD.

Child Warning Signs of ADHD

According to the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry the following may be some of the signs a child will display if he or she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder:

  • Has trouble paying attention
  • Has trouble sleeping
  • Easily distracted
  • Has trouble finishing assignments at home and at school
  • Has trouble listening
  • Has trouble following multiple adult requests
  • Is squirmy or fidgets a lot
  • Cannot sit still, jumps out of seat to run or climb
  • Seems "on the go" or "busy" all the time
  • Talks a lot and interrupts others
  • Has trouble playing quietly

ADHD Diagnosis

Dr. Lisa Saponaro uses ADHD testing as a useful tool in determining if a student’s academic difficulties are the result of an attention problem, behavioral problem or underlying emotional issue.  ADHD testing may include parent and teacher questionnaires, self-report measures, tests of attention, and personality inventories.  This type of testing is often conducted in conjunction with some psychoeducational testing so that a more thorough and individually tailored academic plan can be recommended. Psychoeducational testing is often recommended when a child is struggling to keep up with academic demands, has been retained, or appears to have unusual difficulty with a specific subject.  Psychoeducational testing is used to diagnose learning disabilities and provide recommendations for educational planning and special testing accommodations.

ADHD Counseling

There are multiple types of counseling or ADHD therapy that can benefit both the ADHD child as well as the parents of an ADHD child. Individual therapy using cognitive-behavioral approaches can be very helpful in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD. Teaching the ADHD child how to solve problems, and decreasing impulsivity are targeted goals. Teaching the Attention Deficit Disorder - ADHD child how to monitor his or her own behaviors provides a sense of accomplishment and source of positive self esteem to the child.

Family Therapy can help both parents and children providing knowledge of ADHD such as what to expect and what adjustments might be required. Family therapy for ADHD can also help soothe family tension or sibling jealousy as the ADHD child is likely to receive an abundacne of attention from the parents, both good attention and bad creating this jealousy. ADHD counseling can be found in West Broward Florida through the expertise of Dr. Lisa Saponaro of Plantation Florida 33324. Dr. Lisa Saponaro has extensive experience helping families set up, execute and find improvement in their child’s behaviors. By utilizing evidence based behavioral interventions she helps parents choose the optimal parenting strategies for the targeted area and works to individualize each plan of treatment to the family and their unique strengths.

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