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ADHD & School Failure

If your child is dealing with the effects of ADHD and is struggling in school as a result of this or other health conditions, the board-certified pediatricians at Grossmont Pediatrics can provide the ongoing support that your family needs.

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What is ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain condition that results in chronic inattention or impulsive behaviors, such as bursts of activity without considering long-term consequences.

These symptoms often interfere with daily functioning and development in children. The condition can also negatively impact your child’s performance in school.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

Our experienced and board-certified doctors can evaluate and diagnose ADHD in children. They review your child’s symptoms and assess how their behaviors are affecting their homelife and schoolwork.To confirm a diagnosis, your doctor may perform other medical tests to rule out underlying medical issues that can cause ADHD symptoms.

What treatments are available for ADHD?

There isn’t a cure for ADHD, but your doctor can create a customized treatment plan to help reduce the severity of symptoms. Treatment may include a combination of medicine and therapy. Your doctor also will provide resources for you on how to cope with your child’s behaviors.

If your doctor recommends medications, it may take several months to find the right type and dosage for your child. The most common types of medicine for treating ADHD are stimulants that increase the production of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. These chemicals influence thinking and attention.

What can I expect from my first office visit?

Your Board-Certified doctors have the experience to evaluate and diagnose ADHD in children. They review your child’s symptoms and assess how their behaviors are affecting their homelife and schoolwork.To confirm a diagnosis, your doctor may perform other medical tests to rule out underlying medical issues that can cause ADHD symptoms.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

In addition to hyperactive and impulsive behaviors, your child may exhibit symptoms like:

  • Inability to concentrate at home and school
  • Difficulty staying organized
  • Frequently squirms when seated
  • Runs around inappropriately
  • Easily distracted during activities
  • Often interrupts adults at home and school
  • Prone to losing things needed for school or other activities

 While children often have difficulty staying focused on tasks, those with ADHD have symptoms that are more severe and occur more frequently. Their symptoms are also likely to affect how they interact with others at school and at home.

How does treatment address school failure?

If your child is struggling in school, an ADHD diagnosis may help you get additional support, including therapy and one-on-one help in the classroom. The board-certified providers can work with your child’s teacher to create a more positive school experience.

Your doctor can also recommend resources for parents on coping with ADHD behaviors, including stress management techniques and support groups.

To learn more about treating ADHD, schedule a consultation at Grossmont Pediatrics by phone or using the online booking feature.

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