ADHD, ADD Counseling, Therapy Scottsdale, AZ
ADHD and ADD counseling, therapy is available in Scottsdale, AZ with the Empower You Experts. Many people who have been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD might not fully know what this condition is. ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. ADHD is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. While many people seek medical treatment for ADHD/ADD, many do not consider ADHD and ADD counseling and therapy to help live a productive and enjoyable life.
What is Attention-Deficit Disorder?
Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a neurobehavioral disorder causing a continuous pattern of difficulties resulting in one or more of the following behaviors: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Inattention is described as trouble attending or focusing on a specific task. People with ADD may become distracted within a few minutes. Inattentive behavior may also cause problems with staying organized (i.e., losing things), keeping track of time, completing tasks, and making careless errors.
Is ADHD & ADD Counseling, Therapy Right for You?
My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD or ADD – Now What?
When a child is diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention-deficit disorder (ADD), parents often have concerns about which treatment is right for their child. ADHD and ADD can be managed with the right treatment. There are many treatment options, and what works best depends on the individual child and family. To find the best options, Empower You Experts recommend that parents work closely with others involved in their child’s life such as—therapists/psychologists, other healthcare providers, teachers, coaches, and other family members. If you are interested in learning more about ADHD & ADD counseling & therapy, we are available to learn more about your situation. Feel free to make an appointment online.
Types of treatment for ADHD and ADD include:
- Behavior Therapy, including training for parents
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Medications if needed
ADHD and ADD affect not only a child’s ability to pay attention or sit still at school, these diagnoses also affect relationships with family and other children. Children with ADHD or ADD often show behaviors that can be very disruptive to others. Therefore, ADHD & ADD therapy is a treatment option that can help reduce these behaviors; it is often helpful to start behavior therapy as soon as a diagnosis is made.
- Parent training in behavior management
- Behavior therapy with children
- Behavioral interventions in the classroom
These approaches can also be used together and are usually most effective if parents and their child’s therapist/psychologist work together to help the child.
Although ADHD and ADD cannot be cured, it can be successfully managed, and some symptoms may improve as the child ages. At Empower You Experts, we can help your child and/or yourself effectively manage challenging symptoms and live a healthy and productive life through ADHD & ADD counseling!
Managing ADHD & ADD Symptoms: Staying Healthy
Being healthy is important for all children and can be especially important for children with ADHD or ADD. In addition to receiving therapy and possibly medication, having a healthy lifestyle can make it easier for your child to deal with ADHD or ADD symptoms.
Here are some healthy behaviors that may help:
- Developing healthy eating habits such as eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and choosing lean protein sources
- Participating in daily physical activity based on age
- Limiting the amount of daily screen time from iPads, computers, phones, TVs, and other electronics
- Getting the recommended amount of sleep each night based on age
A Few Tips for Parents:
- Create a routine
- Limit choices
- Get organized
- Manage distractions
- Be clear and specific when you talk with your child
- Help your child plan
- Use goals and praise or other rewards
- Discipline effectively
- Create positive opportunities
- Get Help!
What is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder identified by a combination of inattentiveness, distractability, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.
- Trouble with attention to tasks
- Forgetfulness in daily activities
- Difficulties in organizing and organization
- Difficulty following through
Hyperactivity symptoms include:
- Talking fast
- Talking or interrupting others excessively
- Being impulsive
Hyperactivity ADHD is described as difficulty inhibiting behavior. Individuals are in constant motion. They may engage in leg swinging, excessive fiddling, and squirming in their chair. Impulsivity is described as difficulty controlling impulses. These individuals do not stop and think before they act. They speak and do whatever comes into their mind without thinking about the consequences. Inappropriate things may be said, and individuals regret it later. People with ADHD have trouble waiting for their turn in line. While in ADHD counseling & therapy, our specialists will work with your child to find strategies for decreasing these hyperactive behaviors.
ADHD is often identified early in life and manifests through behavioral problems in school, or trouble understanding, completing tasks or being easily distracted by others. Untreated ADHD may have long-term negative effects on academic performance, vocational success, social-emotional development, and relationships with others. While in ADHD counseling, we strive to educate our clients more about ADHD and how strategies and techniques are used to create a better lifestyle. ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting children, however ADHD also affects many adults. Contact us today to learn more about how ADHD therapy in Scottsdale, AZ can help you or a loved one.