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Does your child have trouble paying attention? Is it difficult for them to control their impulsive behaviors? Then they may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It can be often challenging for you to handle their condition. However, you are not alone in this journey. You can visit Plexus to get a consultation from world-renowned neurologist Dr Na’eem Sadiq and opt for the best treatment plan to manage the symptoms.

Decoding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders that affect how a child pays attention, sits still, and controls their behavior. It is usually first diagnosed during childhood, however, the condition often lasts into adulthood. According to surveys, 2.4 percent of children aged two to five years and 9.6 percent of children aged six to eleven years worldwide are living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

It is normal for children to have trouble paying attention and controlling their behavior. However, people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are persistent with such behaviors. The symptoms can become severe with time. They may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and poor performance at school, at home, or in the community. Some of the common symptoms include:

Acting without thinking

Careless mistakes in schoolwork
Forgetful or losing things
Constant change of activity or tasks
Difficulty in organizing
Interrupting conversations
Constant fidgeting
Excessive physical movement
Short attention span and being easily distracted
Unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings

Causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The causes and risk factors for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are still unknown, however, some of the contributing factors include:

  • Brain injury
  • Exposure to environmental risks during pregnancy or at a young age
  • Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy
  • Premature delivery
  • Low birth weight

Treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

There are several approaches to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Common treatments for ADHD in children are medication, behavior therapy, counseling, and education programs. These therapies help alleviate the symptoms of ADHD. It might take some time to figure out what works best for your child.

However, you can benefit the most from Behavior Therapy through a collaborative approach between your teachers, family, therapists, and physicians. It can help you in the following ways:

  • Manage symptoms without medication
  • Focuses on increasing organization, attention, and impulse control
  • Improvement of interpersonal relationships
  • Higher self-esteem due to solution-focused therapies
  • Better communication and interpersonal skills
  • Better control over anger and other emotions
  • Prevention of relapse with the aid of tools and techniques
  • Shifting from a negative thought process to realistic or positive thinking

Our treatment program at Plexus

At Plexus, we follow the school of thought that behaviors can be instilled and reinforced through repetition and exposure – be it positive or negative. Occupational therapy is a mainstay of ADHD and that’s why we leverage it as a tool to identify and correct maladaptive behaviors through consistent and repeated action-based practice.

Our customized treatment plans include close monitoring, follow-ups, and making changes, if needed, along the way.
We use techniques such as reinforcement, shaping, modeling, and punishment to course-correct undesirable behavioral traits in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Many times the overlying behavioral problems and inattention are due to underlying sensory processing and sensory modulation issues. We at Plexus, address these underlying reasons through a combination of therapies and scientific evidence-based practices.
With neurologist Dr Na’eem Sadiq at the helm, our occupational therapists leverage different forms of therapy to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder such as:
Contingency Management
Behavior Modeling Therapy
Token Economies
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Play Therapy
Systematic Desensitization
Sensory Integration Therapy

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FAQs answered

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a chronic neurodevelopmental condition that affects 11% of school-age children. ADHD is distinguished by developmental abnormalities in inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

There is no particular test that can be used to diagnose ADHD. As a result, a thorough examination is required to establish a diagnosis, rule out alternative causes, and evaluate the presence or absence of co-existing illnesses. A thorough case history should be taken, as well as a clinical examination of the individual’s intellectual, social, and emotional functioning and developmental level.

Treating ADHD frequently requires necessities such as medical, educational, behavioral, and psychological intervention. This holistic approach to therapy may include the following, based on the age of the child with ADHD:
  • Parental education
  • Medication
  • Training basic skills
  • Counseling
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Educational assistance
  • Education regarding ADHD
  • Occupational Therapy

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