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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.
Are you worried that your child may be suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)? Pediatricians Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, can help diagnose the disorder and provide the care your child needs.
More on ADHD:
ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder that debilitates a child's ability to focus on a single task. Children who suffer from ADHD can't concentrate because their brain tells them to do multiple tasks at the same time.
Not every child that displays symptoms actually has the behavioral disorder—sometimes, actions perceived as hyperactive are simply the result of kids being kids. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 do struggle with ADHD. That's about 6.4 million kids!
Children with ADHD display the symptoms listed below in all circumstances, although it should be noted that boys are more likely to be diagnosed than girls. ADHD signs are:
- Overly rambunctious, hyperactive, disruptive, and impulsive behaviors
- Strained relationships with siblings and peers
- Talking too much and at inappropriate times
- Inability to follow directions
- Laziness or procrastination
- Forgetting or misplacing items
- Constant fidgeting
- Difficulty listening or focusing on conversations
Your Moline doctors at Franklin Pediatrics are trained to detect the symptoms mentioned above. They take other factors into consideration as well, including developmental disorders and disabilities.
After confirming your child has ADHD by a pediatrician, the following steps will consist of:
- Speaking with your child's doctor about managing ADHD
- Learning about different medications, that'll help manage behavioral symptoms like impulsivity and lack of focus
- Setting a plan for scheduled, individualized behavioral therapies that control symptoms and improve school and home life
- Changing your child’s diet, eliminating sugar, and providing more vitamins
If you think your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL. Call (309) 762-0777 today!
There are many ways in which to manage your child’s ADHD symptoms.
Has one of our Moline, IL, pediatricians, Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker, recently diagnosed your little one with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? If so, you may have a lot of questions and concerns regarding their new diagnosis. One of the first things parents have to consider is the best treatment options to help their children better manage their day-to-day symptoms. Here are just some of the ADHD treatments to consider,
In most cases, our Moline children’s doctor will talk to you about the different kinds of medications available and help you decide the right one of your child. While some patients may not relish the idea of putting their child on medication to manage their ADHD, it’s important to understand that this is one of the most effective treatment options available. Once we determine the right medication for your child, you’ll be able to see an improvement in their symptoms.
Of course, medication isn’t the only way to treat ADHD symptoms and, in fact, it shouldn’t be the only option. Incorporating other treatment options along with medication can actually be far more effective than just using medication alone.
While ADHD medication works to alter the chemicals in the brain, behavioral therapy is the best way to handle certain behaviors that cause issues for your child, whether at home or at school. By identifying these negative behaviors and providing a reinforcement and reward system through therapy we can help reduce these unwanted behaviors and start promoting healthier ones that will make social, personal and school life more rewarding and enjoyable for your child.
Of course, there are other types of therapies including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that may work better for your little one. Our Moline doctors will be able to better assess which type of therapy will yield the best results based on your child’s own needs.
Did you know there are actually simple approaches you can take everyday that can help lessen your child’s symptoms? Alternative therapies such as meditation, as well as exercise and diet can significantly impact their health. Make sure they are getting regular exercise, which is great for both the mind and the body, and that they are getting a balanced and healthy diet.
We know you may have questions about caring for your child’s ADHD and you should have a pediatric team on your side to answer questions, assuage concerns and provide the care and support your whole family needs. Call Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL, today.
Are you concerned that your child’s poor concentration or issues in school stem from ADHD?
It’s not all that unusual for children to seem off in their own little world every once in a while or become fidgety when they have to sit still but a child who has ADHD may have these issues more often. It may interfere with their schoolwork. They may even have significant challenges at home. If these scenarios are what you and your child are currently dealing with then it’s time to find out more about ADHD and how our pediatricians in the Quad Cities, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, can help your little one manage their symptoms.
There are three main traits of ADHD: Hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Signs and symptoms will differ a bit between children, particularly with what trait tends to be the most dominate. Some kids may be more impulsive but can focus better than other children with ADHD.
Children with ADHD who are inattentive have trouble staying on task or staying focused. It’s easy for them to get distracted by other things, particularly if the task at hand is boring to them. They may have trouble following directions or planning ahead. They often seem forgetful and lose things like toys or homework.
This trait is characterized by intense fidgeting and the inability to sit still. A child that is hyperactive will always seem like they are constantly on the go. They don’t seem to sit in one place. They may run around all the time or talk excessively.
A child that exhibits impulsivity may find it difficult to wait their turn. They may be quick to disrupt people who are having a conversation or be unable to wait in line. They may even have trouble understanding another person’s personal space. An impulsive child may have trouble showing patience.
If our children’s doctors in the Quad Cities determine that your child has ADHD, there are many ways to manage their symptoms to make their personal and school life easier and more successful. Here are some simple everyday measures:
- Eating healthy, balanced meals
- Exercising regularly
- Getting on a healthy sleep schedule
- Teaching your child to make friends
- Establishing rules and clear goals, particularly with homework and chores
We are happy to discuss behavioral interventions that will be most successful for your child. Sometimes prescription medication will be combined with behavioral interventions to better manage their ADHD symptoms.
Is your child displaying symptoms of ADHD? If so, then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with Franklin Pediatrics in the Quad Cities. We are here for you and your little one.