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Is your son a constant bundle of energy … always moving, unable to sit still, even for a few moments? Is your daughter easily distracted and forgetful, tending to frequently “have her head in the clouds”?
Maybe you’ve tried to calm your child down, or urged him to focus. You may have attempted to increase his nightly hours of sleep, adjusted his diet or encouraged him to get more physical exercise—yet nothing appears to be working.
It’s normal for all kids to have trouble focusing (and behaving) at one time or another. For children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), however, these symptoms seem to be constantly present and can cause ongoing problems at home, at school and with friends.
If your child has ADHD, you might feel frustrated and at a loss for what to do. It may seem like she’s always losing homework or having trouble following teachers’ instructions, or she may have difficulty making friends and getting along with other family members. Learning as much as you can about ADHD is a great first step to identifying the methods that will allow your child work to her full potential—at home, in school and with peers.
Here are some key facts about ADHD:
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
If you are a parent seeking essential information about treatment for ADHD—as well as guidance in helping your child live an active, healthy life while managing this disorder—you’re in the right place. The expert clinicians in Boston Children’s Division of Developmental Medicine, Department of Neurology and Department of Psychiatry have many years of experience caring for children and adolescents with ADHD.
The Developmental Medicine Center within Boston Children’s Division of Developmental Medicine:
In addition, the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s is home to a Learning Disabilities Program that:
Meanwhile, Boston Children’s Department of Psychiatry:
Having convenient access to multiple specialists across Boston Children’s—all working together to design the treatment plan that best fits your child—ensures that you, your child and your entire family will receive the medical, emotional and educational support you need.
Better information means better treatment for ADHD
Routine and systematic monitoring of your child is a must for effective treatment of ADHD, but it's often difficult for doctors to track a child's progress both at home and at school. In response to this dilemma, Boston Children's physicians have developed a web-based ADHD symptom tracker and medication side-effect assessment tool.
Reviewed by William Barbaresi, MD; Leonard Rappaport, MD, MS; and David Urion, MD
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