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Does Your Child Have ADHD?

Do you think that one of your children may be struggling with ADHD? Here at the Waldorf and Leonardtown offices of pediatricians Dr. Robert Miller and Dr. Crystal Brown, we can help address your child's ADHD behavioral concerns to better manage their symptoms improve their wellbeing.

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects approximately 6 million American children, with boys receiving the diagnosis three times as often as girls do (according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control).

The symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Impulsivity and poor judgment
  • High distractibility and inattentiveness
  • Learning problems
  • Inability to focus and follow through on tasks such as homework
  • Defiant or oppositional behavior
  • Highly emotional outbursts
  • Constant talking
  • Forgetfulness
  • Interrupting conversation
  • Poor organization

The Child Mind Institute states that Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD, often co-exists with ADHD. So, if you are concerned about some of the above signs and symptoms in your child, speak with your pediatrician in either our Waldorf or Leonardtown office. ADHD behavioral concerns can—and should—be managed for a better quality of life now and in the future.

What can be done

Dr. Miller or Dr. Brown may refer you to a child psychologist or neuropsychologist for further evaluation. After all, some children do need medications to help regularize their moods and provide focus. However, there are behavioral interventions that, when used consistently at home and school, help the child cope, complete tasks, and interact better with peers, teachers, and family.

Recommendations for you and your child may include:

  1. Using clear instructions. When your child approaches a task, be specific about what needs to be done.
  2. Enforce a consistent routine at home. In other words, model the behavior you wish to see in your youngster.
  3. Monitor your child's homework, chores, and interactions with others.
  4. Reward behaviors that you wish to see.
  5. Be realistic in your expectations, and enjoy even the smallest amount of progress toward goals.

Ask us for help

If you have concerns about your child's learning and behavior, don't wait. Please contact Dr. Robert Miller and Dr. Crystal Brown today for a consultation—remember, the sooner you seek help with ADHD, the better the long-term outcome will be. For our Leonardtown office, phone (301) 475-7222, and for the Waldorf location, dial (301) 843-6996.

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