About 3-5% of school-age children have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which often continues into adolescence and adulthood. The board-certified team at Nevada Pediatric Specialists provides treatment and referrals for kids and teens with ADHD at their locations in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. If you think your child may have ADHD, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that typically begins in childhood and lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may experience problems paying attention, sitting still, and controlling impulsive behaviors, such as blurting out an answer before raising their hand in class.
Although many children are easily distracted or overly active on occasion, those with ADHD experience symptoms that can be severe enough to cause problems at school, at home, or with their friends.
ADHD involves an ongoing pattern of three main types of behaviors and symptoms:
A child with ADHD may have difficulty paying attention. This can cause them to miss details, make careless mistakes, and have problems staying organized. Common signs of inattention include seeming not to listen when spoken to, failure to follow through on instructions, and becoming easily distracted.
A child with hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms can seem like they are constantly on the go, running around or climbing on things when they should be sitting quietly. When they do sit, they may fidget and squirm. Talking nonstop, having trouble waiting for their turn, and interrupting others are also signs of hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Based on the types of symptoms your child experiences, they may have one of three different types of ADHD. The symptoms and diagnosis may change as your child grows older.
The predominantly inattentive type of ADHD involves symptoms of inattention without hyperactivity and impulsivity. This type used to be called attention deficit disorder (ADD).
The predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type involves symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity without inattention. Having symptoms from all three categories is known as combined ADHD.
First, your provider at Nevada Pediatric Specialists asks you about your child’s medical history. They perform a physical exam, including hearing and vision tests, to rule out other problems that may be causing their symptoms.
Then, they recommend the best course of treatment for your child’s specific needs. This may include:
Successfully treating ADHD often requires a team effort, including teachers, doctors, and family members working together to help your child succeed. For added convenience, telemedicine appointments are available to check-in on your child’s treatment and medication management.
If needed, your Nevada Pediatric Specialists provider may refer you to a specialist, such as a child psychiatrist.
For compassionate care of children with ADHD, call Nevada Pediatric Specialists, or book an appointment online today.