Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is defined as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, most often identified in school-age children.
If you have been told by your school-age child’s teacher or pediatrician, based upon their observations, that your child may meet the criteria for ADHD, the symptoms likely to be present may include any of the following:


1. A failure to pay attention to details, or making careless mistakes.
2. Trouble maintaining attention at school or at play.
3. Appearing to not listen when spoken to.
4. A lack of follow-through on schoolwork or chores.
5. Difficulty staying organized.
6. Losing things or very forgetful.


1. Fidgeting, or leaving his or her seat without permission.
2. Running about where not appropriate.
3. Excessive talking.
4. Unable to wait for his or her turn.
5. Interrupting, blurting out answers in class, or using others’ items without first receiving permission.

Helping Children with Symptoms of ADHD

Children coping with symptoms of ADHD often suffer academically and socially. They may struggle to pay attention in class and miss important instructions from their teacher. A child may say “I’m just not that smart, so why should I even try?” Or, a child may annoy peers with chatter and a tendency to interrupt, which may lead to teasing and marginalization.

Counseling can help to improve and minimize these struggles. Recommended interventions for children experiencing symptoms of ADHD are a combination of individual and family counseling, incorporating cognitive and behavioral techniques. These techniques will emphasize impulse control, organization strategies, social skills, and positive reinforcement from family, and will be presented in a safe, nurturing environment incorporating age-appropriate methods such as games and role-plays. Such techniques will boost a child’s esteem, and make him or her feel more in control, and more confident in school and social situations.

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