Parenting a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is different from parenting other children. Their brain works differently from children who don’t have ADHD. Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics can help children with ADHD in Moline, IL.
ADHD is a common developmental disorder that causes difficulty concentrating, focusing, and controlling impulsivity. Children with ADHD can have challenges with sitting still, time management and staying quiet in social situations.
The most common symptoms of ADHD in Moline, IL, include:
- A short attention span
- Being distracted easily
- Making unnecessary mistakes
- Losing items or being forgetful about things
- Always changing from one task to another
- Having difficulty with organization
- Difficult sitting still or in one place for a long time
- Less risk avoidant and a decreased sense of danger
Children with ADHD often have trouble completing tasks and benefit from a structure at home that’s predictable, with limited changes. Create a simple daily routine for your child with clear rules and structures. Outbursts and impulsive behavior make it harder for some children with ADHD to form relationships with peers. You can help by assisting your child in learning basic social skills using role-playing social scenarios.
The first step in treating ADHD is getting a diagnosis from your doctor. Once a diagnosis is made, we develop a plan by making treatment recommendations and collaborating with other professionals and important adults in your child’s life. In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior therapy, such as limiting the amount of daily screen time, developing healthy eating habits, and participating in physical activities. Following this treatment plan reduces your child’s symptoms.
For assistance with getting a diagnosis or helping your child manage ADHD in Moline, IL, make an appointment with Dr. Khan and Dr. Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics today. You can reach our office by calling (309) 762-0777.