ADHD is a behavioral disorder affecting millions of American children. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder impacts a child's learning and peer/familial relationships. ADHD requires ongoing treatment. At Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, Dr. Narfees Khan and Dr. David Bunker believe education helps families cope with daily challenges associated with ADHD.
Just what is ADHD?
It is a behavioral/developmental disorder affecting people of all ages, but it is especially noticeable in children. Boys are more often diagnosed with ADHD than girls are. CHADD (a not for profit organization which advocates for individuals with ADHD) says ADHD affects the executive functions of the brain, which is the actions and thoughts that map out behaviors, tasks, and their consequences. CHADD also states that a full 35 percent of kids with ADHD have a close relative with the disorder.
What behaviors are associated with ADHD?
Parents, teachers and those closest to children with ADHD notice:
- Lack of concentration
- Inability to finish tasks
- Impulsivity and restlessness
- Constant talking and movement
- Putting off assigned tasks, such as homework or chores
These symptoms often extend into adulthood and impact pursuit of educational, familial and vocational goals. Unfortunately, symptoms change depending on where the child is and what they are doing.
How is it diagnosed? If a parent notices some of these symptoms, the parent should arrange a complete physical at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL. Dr. Khan and Dr. Bunker will review the child's symptoms and do a complete physical exam to rule out other possible causes of the behavioral irregularities. They may refer the family to a child psychiatrist or neuropsychologist for further evaluation.
Can it be cured? ADHD does not go away on its own, nor can it be cured. Through disciplined behavioral therapies applied at home, in the classroom, and/or medications (stimulant therapy), children's behavior can normalize.
Does a child with ADHD qualify for special education? Many children with this behavioral disorder have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) in place through the special education committees in their school districts. An IEP outlines how ADHD impacts school performance and specifies, agreed upon accommodations, to help the child be successful in the school environment. Some examples of accommodations are a separate location for test taking, extended test taking time, in-classroom aide, and more.
Can someone with ADHD live a full life? The answer is yes, and research continues to show parents, educators, and doctors many new and effective ways for individuals with ADHD to adapt and thrive in the world around them.
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Call us today at (309) 762-0777 to arrange a consultation with one of our physicians at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL.