We all know adults and children who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who blurt out inappropriate comments or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them.
While it’s normal for kids to forget their homework, daydream during class or act without thinking, inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
Adults struggle with this as well. Many of us were able to pass through school (and even thrive) with the use of external supports – only to find out later that “adulting” brings us a ton of challenges – completing work, learning socialization, and organizing our homes and chore tasks.
Most of us often think of the super bouncy balls when we think of adults and children with ADHD – when we figuratively (and sometimes literally) bounce off the walls. We’re constantly in motion and disrupting others. Other children and adults with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in one child.
People with ADHD may:
- Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
- Appear not to be listening when spoken to
- Constantly fidget and squirm
- Talk excessively
- Act without thinking
- Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
- Have a quick temper or “short fuse”
Whether or not our symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Children who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school often find it hard to make friends – and this can continue into adulthood (in fact, we often do not grow out of these traits). These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in symptoms. With the right support, your child (or your inner child) can get on track for success in all areas of life.
Treatment can vary:
* One-on-One treatment of children with ADHD and working with the family
* One-on-One treatment of adults with ADHD and working with spouses, significant others, or the rest of the family
* Groups for Adults with ADHD – a structured 12-week program to help with some of the key aspects of ADHD – organization, time management, and motivation.
*Critical Core – a therapeutic tabletop role-playing game (like Dungeons and Dragons). Though this is not an ADHD-specific intervention, it will help with symptoms by teaching children to problem solve, interact with others, and manage their own emotions.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADHD therapy, contact us today for a free consultation. We would be happy to share how we can help you, your child, and your family achieve success and grow.