ADHD in Children
Questions About ADHD In Children
Serving Austin, Cedar Park, Leander and surrounding areas
Dr. Kangos is interested in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment as a way of helping affected children attain a higher level of academic and personal development and self-esteem. School performance is often negatively affected by symptoms of ADHD. This is the first and foremost issue when addressing the disorder. At the same time, Dr. Kangos understands that raising children with ADHD at home can also be challenging. Tremendous long-term benefits are possible by reducing symptoms and helping children achieve a higher level of self-regulation. Kangos Pediatrics is extremely pleased to be of help in this regard.
What are the signs of ADHD?
Children with ADHD often find a lot of difficulty with common tasks like paying attention, sitting still and self-control. It is common for most people to experience such symptoms at various points in their lives. However, for children affected by ADHD, the symptoms are long lasting and disrupt daily life.
- Trouble at school and with social relationships.
- Consistent problems paying attention or focusing on specific tasks.
- Easily distracted, forgetful, and prone to losing things.
- Difficulty staying organized and seeing tasks to completion.
- Problems staying still—squirming, excessive fidgeting, etc.
- Trouble remaining quiet and being disruptive to others.
- Difficulty staying in lines or waiting turns.
Children with ADHD will show signs of many of the above symptoms. It’s estimated that the disorder affects up to 1 in 10 school children. Children diagnosed with significant symptoms may require ADHD treatment to enjoy a more successful daily life. In some cases, children have symptoms of ADHD, but in fact have more significant problems related to mental health and learning.
Alternative causes of behavior smilar to ADHD symptoms:
- Depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
- Learning disabilities
- Lack of security in, or change in the home environment involving siblings, extended family, a caretaker, school or daycare or divorce.
- Subtle, undetected seizures (petit mal or temporal lobe).
First Step: Initial interview
Dr. Kangos enjoys talking to parents and children regarding their child’s functioning at school and home. The initial conference should include 1 or both parents and the child. Reports from the school are essential, especially from the teachers that best know the child. A few descriptive paragraphs regarding the child’s behavioral and academic functioning is important.
Dr. Kangos’ vewpoint regarding stimulant medication
An accurate diagnosis of ADHD can explain some reasons for a child’s behavioral and academic problems. Starting treatment can result in dramatic and immediate improvement in functioning at home and performance at school. Dr. Kangos is very cognizant and sensitive to the many unique talents and strengths that all children possess. The decision to treat is taken very seriously. Children are closely monitored after starting at the lowest reasonable dose. No negative side effects are tolerated without very serious consideration during in-office consultation.
Dr. Kangos can also help you get the support needed to address your child’s behavior and education. This can include classroom recommendations and helping parents manage the child's behavior.
Can we be of help to you and your child?
Kangos Pediatrics serves patients from Austin, Cedar Park, Leander and the surrounding metro areas. Call (512) 250-1997 to set up an appointment with Dr. Kangos and a member of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.