ADHD & School Failure

Grossmont Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in La Mesa, CA

Watching your child struggle with school work and getting frequent calls about misbehavior in class can be a confusing, frustrating situation. Board Certified Providers at Grossmont Pediatrics in La Mesa offer the help you need. Through diagnostic testing and custom treatment options for ADHD, your doctor works with you and your child to improve their school performance and increase their quality of life. Learn more about available treatment options for ADHD by scheduling an evaluation online or by phone.

ADHD & School Failure Q & A

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.

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 often. Their symptoms are also likely to affect how they interact with others at school and home.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

Your board certified doctors are experienced in evaluating and diagnosing ADHD in children. They review your child’s symptoms and evaluate how their behaviors are affecting their home life and school work.

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 provides 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 type of medication for treating ADHD are stimulants that increase the production of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. These chemicals influence thinking and attention.

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.