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Does it seem impossible to get your child to pay attention? Are they abnormally impulsive? Do they have trouble sitting still for even short periods of time? Do they seemingly have no control of this hyperactivity to where it's affecting them socially and academically? They may be suffering from ADHD; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, this condition is treatable and manageable, with some of the best pediatric expertise in Moline, IL. With specializations in behavioral problems and ADHD, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, of Franklin Pediatrics are more than qualified to treat, accommodate and help your child to better adjust to the world.
Attention deficit and hyperactivity
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a developmental condition characterized by predominantly inattentive or predominantly hyperactive behavior, often with a combination of both. Symptoms of inattention include difficulty following instructions, easy distraction, forgetfulness, inability to focus, and stay engaged in activities and trouble with organization. On the hyperactive end, children struggle with staying put or sitting still without excessive fidgeting and squirming, they are impatient, interrupting other's conversation and activities, have difficulty staying quiet, and engage in physical activity at inappropriate times. ADHD affects as many as 11% of children, more commonly boys between 4-17, and may be diagnosed as early as 3 years old, according to the A.D.D Resource Center.
Behavioral Therapy is the go-to method of managing inattention and hyperactivity. Both children and parents are taught techniques to help curb this behavior. Your Moline, IL pediatrician may prescribe some medication for extreme cases, while still applying behavioral treatments. Doctors at Franklin Pediatrics have a plethora of experience dealing with kids and understand them. They know how to tend to each child’s individual needs and how to make every visit a pleasant one, easing their worries and tensions about their treatment.
Consulting a Doctor
ADHD symptoms include many behaviors that are typical in children, which may be overlooked, and yet if ignored, this condition may lead to academic failure, social judgment by other adults and children, accidents and injuries due to non-attention, and increased risk of substance abuse. So, it's always worth visiting a professional, who can accurately diagnose your child to ensure they stay safe and on track. Request an appointment with Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL at http://www.molinepediatrics.com/ or by calling (309) 762-0777 for a consultation today!
At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both.
Could your child have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? The disorder has been diagnosed in more than 6 million children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A visit to your child's Moline, IL, pediatricians, Drs. Nafees Khan and David Bunker, is the first step in determining if your son or daughter has ADHD.
What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?
Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and ADHD are the same disorder. The name was changed to ADHD in the late 1980s, but it's taken a while for the new name to achieve acceptance among the general public.
What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?
Children who have ADHD may find it difficult to sit still for even short periods of time, which can make school a challenge. When these children are forced to remain in their seats, they may fidget and squirm constantly.
Although the word "hyperactive" is included in the title of the disorder, a child may have ADHD even if he or she doesn't display any signs of hyperactivity. Other symptoms of ADHD may include:
- Difficulty Paying Attention: Daydreaming can be a problem with kids who have ADHD, particularly if they're bored at school.
- Impulse Control Difficulties: Taking turns and waiting in line can be very difficult for some children who have the disorder. Other signs of impulse control problems can include aggressive behavior, inappropriate comments, trouble following rules or acting out.
- Constant Chatter: Does your child receive frequent warnings about talking in class? Kids who have ADHD may find it difficult to remain silent for even a few minutes.
- Homework Issues: Your child may lose homework, fail to complete it, or even forget to turn in completed work.
What treatment options are available for ADHD in the Moline area?
Medication isn't the only option if your son or daughter is diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, behavioral therapy can be very beneficial and provide your child with coping skills and strategies that make following the rules at school and home much easier. Joining a social skills group may also be a good option if your child has difficulty making or keeping friends due to ADHD. Medication is usually only recommended if these options aren't helpful.
Have you noticed any of these common ADHD signs? Call Drs. Khan and Bunker, your child's pediatricians in Moline, IL, at (309) 762-0777 to schedule an appointment.
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.
If your child is having trouble concentrating you may be wondering if it’s ADHD.
Many symptoms of ADHD are behaviors that all children display at some point during their lifetime; therefore, it can be challenging to know whether or not your child may have ADHD or not. This is where turning to our Moline, IL, pediatricians Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker can shed some light on the subject. Here’s what you can do to determine whether you should bring your child in for an evaluation.
Common Symptoms of Childhood ADHD
ADHD symptoms are different for every child and factors such as age can also play a role in what signs and symptoms appear. Common symptoms and signs of ADHD:
- Difficulty starting or completing a task (e.g. homework; chores)
- Restlessness, fidgeting or squirming (has trouble sitting still)
- Tends to forget or misplace items like homework or textbooks
- Blurting out, being disruptive, or having trouble waiting their turn
- Difficulty waiting for instructions
- Experiences careless mistakes, particularly surrounding homework
- Rushes through assignments
- Daydreaming or “spacing”
Again, it’s important to recognize that a lot of these signs of ADHD are also normal behaviors as long as they aren’t happening regularly and affecting your child’s schoolwork, or home or social life. If these behaviors are persistent then it’s time to turn to a children’s doctor in Moline, IL, to find out if your child might have ADHD.
Before turning to a pediatrician it’s important to monitor and pay attention to your child’s behavior over time. Keep a record of their behaviors and anything that might be disconcerting to you. It’s also important to talk to your child’s teachers to see what behaviors or habits they are exhibiting while in the classroom, as well as at lunch or recess.
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD it’s important that you get your child’s school on board with helping them better manage daily assignments and tasks to improve their academic performance. Many schools offer amazing support and resources for children with ADHD or other learning issues.
If you suspect that your child might have ADHD it’s important to get answers as soon as possible. Call Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, to schedule an appointment for your little one today.