Early Intervention is Important When Your Child is Diagnosed With ADHD
The number of U.S. children being diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) continues its upward climb. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that eight percent of four to 17 year olds were diagnosed with the condition in 2003. The number of American kids with a diagnosis rose to 11 percent by 2011 and continues to rise.
Children with undiagnosed and untreated ADHD experience problems across almost every spectrum of their young lives. These kids have greater difficulty keeping up with schoolwork and learning, they frequently struggle socially and are more prone to self-harming behaviors than children who are treated for their ADHD. These are compelling reasons to recognize and address ADHD sooner rather than later. Symptoms of ADHD typically show up in toddlerhood and just before entering school (3-6 years of age).
If you suspect that your child might be exhibiting signs of ADHD, the first thing to do is speak with your child’s pediatrician. They can help you with a diagnosis and also work with you to develop a plan for treatment that is best for your child. They can also refer you to the resources in the community that are available to you and your child.
If you would like to talk with a mental health professional about managing your child’s ADHD, we invite you to call or stop by Family Guidance Center. We work with children and whole families to find the most successful treatment that will help your child get the most out of their school years. Early intervention is important for your child so give us a call today so we can partner with you in taking the steps to help your child learn and grow.