ADHD

Does your child struggle to stay organized? Do they have trouble staying motivated to finish and/or turn in their work? Do they seem to space out in conversation or at school?  Is it challenging for them to control their energy level and body movements? If so, you may consider a free consultation with one of our psychologists to learn more about cues and signs of ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can impacts a person’s success in school, home, and work life. It is often confused with other challenges, such as auditory processing disorder, learning disabilities, and/or anxiety, although it is common to have more than one of these challenges at once. Understanding  a child or teen’s struggles in the areas of executive functioning, attention, working memory and learning is important for their success as they grow. The earlier ADHD is correctly identified, the better the individual’s chance of success in their future.

Behavioral Interventions

The most well-established treatment method for ADHD is the combination of behavioral interventions, parent training, and sometimes medication. When children stop taking medication, the benefits of the medication stop working. Thus, learning tools and behavioral techniques can help a child overcome obstacles when they are not taking their medication.

Child and Teen Therapy

When kid’s impulsive behaviors get them into trouble at school, positive attention from the most important people in their lives can be a big motivator to make the right choice. Because of this key relationship, our therapists guide you in eliciting desirable behavior on the part of your child.  Additionally, they can help discourage behavior that causes your child to get her into trouble. Therapy can help children and teens develop metacognition. This is an awareness of one’s thoughts and experiences. Therefore, leading to the ability to stop and think before taking action. Child and teen therapy at Paradox also focuses on reducing parental stress and enhancing parent-child interactions. Types of interventions that have shown to be effective for ADHD and ADD include:

  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Parent Management Training (PMT)
  • Positive Parent Program (PPP)

Psychological Testing

Because ADHD effects all people differently, it is important to meet with a professional who is experienced and can correctly identify all areas of need and not only focus on attention related challenges. We focus on an individual’s strengths to develop a home and classroom plan for success. To learn about the ADHD testing process visit our testing process page. Our ADHD testing and evaluations can guide recommendations for your child’s Individualized Education Programs (IEP), 504 Plan and SST meetings, and standardized testing accommodations.

 

We support families with therapy and counseling in the following San Diego County zip codes and more: 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011, 92023, 92024, 92078, 92081, 92082, 92084, 92085, 92054, 92056, 92083, 92013, 92018, 92055, 92007, 92128, 92069, 92078, 92079, 92096, 92075

Our families travel to receive therapy and interventions for ADHD and ADD from all around San Diego, including Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Diego, Oceanside, Vista, Poway, Temecula and Rancho Bernardo, and San Elijo Hills.