September 24, 2018 | By: Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center
Categories: Diagnosis & Health Care
As parents, there are many different challenges and concerns that we encounter with a child with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD). Symptoms usually appear early in the child’s life. Many are not diagnosed until they begin school. Parents begin to get teachers' reports and notes of concern.
Behavior becomes a worry.
Children with ADD are easily distracted. They are often forgetful and have short attention spans. Tasks may not be finished. Hyperactivity, constant talking, daydreaming, and impatience are common. They may have trouble controlling their emotions. If symptoms are not well managed, they could lead to other issues: difficult relationships, low self-esteem, behavior problems, etc.
(If you suspect your child has ADD/ADHD, you should seek medical help immediately. Early intervention is very important. There are different options available to help improve the quality of life for the child—therapy, medication, or both.)
But also, parents should work closely with their child's school.
These provide a better understanding of the child’s condition. They also list any classroom accommodations (section 504) that will be used. These could be more time to finish work, extra help, special seating, or smaller tasks.
There are many different options available to help parents and children with ADD/ADHD. Parents' help is key to the success of children with ADD.
We must stay informed about the best ways help our child reach their full potential.
You can learn more about ADD and ADHD on this website