Attention Deficit Disorder, abbreviated ADD, is a commonly diagnosed and studied disorder in children. It is characterized by being easily distracted, a difficulty following instructions, and a difficulty with sustained attention. Attention Deficit Disorder also includes a poor ability to organize goal-directed activities, the shifting from one uncompleted task to another, and a failure to listen attentively to others. When these symptoms are paired with behavioral issues and hyperactivity, it may be diagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder often includes behavioral therapy. However, other therapies have shown effectiveness in treatment of ADD. Psychoeducational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, social skills training, and specially tailored school and parent-focused training are some that have helped children suffering with Attention Deficit Disorder. Treatment also commonly involves prescribing medications, such as stimulants, that are intended to help children improve focus and attention span. Some children may have negative reactions and/or side effects to the medication that can be problematic. The most effective treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder may be a combination of both medication and behavioral therapy. Some families choose to use diet and lifestyle changes in hopes of obtaining better outcomes, but the effectiveness of these alternative treatments has come with mixed results.
Attention Deficit Disorder can create many challenges for the child and their family. The symptoms of ADD may make it difficult for the child to adapt socially. The child may experience social awkwardness, social rejection, and other social problems. Attention Deficit Disorder may also result in academic struggles for the child. Almost half of children with attention deficits fail to finish high school. Feelings of rejection and anger can develop within the ADD child because of the consistent redirection required of them by others. In addition, the constant redirection, work, and stress associated with raising a child with attention deficits can be taxing for the family. Parents of Attention Deficit Disorder children have higher divorce rates. It is highly recommended that families seek professional treatment when symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are displayed by their child.
How Promise Village Can Help
Promise Village: Home for Children has extensive experience working with children suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Many of the children who enter the program struggle with attention deficits, inability to focus, and distractibility. Promise Village therapists use effective behavioral therapies that are sometimes paired with medication prescribed by a professional psychiatrist to help these children. Promise Village: Home for Children is dedicated to children struggling with these issues and their families.
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