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ADHD Treatment in Children

Are you wondering what ADHD treatment options are available to your child?

If your child is between the ages of 4-18 years old and they are showing the classic signs of ADHD—inattentiveness, hyperactivity or impulsivity—it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with our Tampa, FL, pediatrician Dr. Michele Johnson-Towson at Pediatric Place of Tampa. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you may want to learn more about ADHD treatment options to help them better manage their ADHD symptoms.

Behavioral Therapy

Disruptive behaviors are common in children with ADHD, and behavioral therapy can be a great way to eliminate these undesirable and problematic behaviors and provide positive reinforcement to support positive behaviors. Of course, this isn’t just for kids—parents are encouraged to join, too. Training parents in behavioral therapy is important, as it teaches them certain strategies and skillsets to better support their child at school and home, and in relationships.

Medications

Medication is also a common way to treat childhood ADHD and is often recommended in combination with behavioral therapy. While incredibly effective, sometimes behavioral therapy is paired with medication to better manage symptoms when therapy alone isn’t enough. When people think of ADHD medications they often think of stimulants like Ritalin. While these are still used today, there are also non-stimulant medications that may be recommended, particularly if your child didn’t respond as well to stimulant medications.

It’s important to recognize that while incredibly helpful, medication alone won’t solve all the issues and our Tampa, FL, pediatrician will map out an individualized ADHD treatment plan that works for your child and their needs.

Therapy

Along with behavioral therapy, your child may benefit from counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy. Speaking with a psychotherapist who understands ADHD can help your child develop the most effective coping strategies. We also understand that many children and teens with ADHD may also be dealing with anxiety or depression, and a counselor can help your child manage these conditions and improve their mental wellbeing and outlook.

Do you have questions about your child’s current ADHD treatment plan? Want to discuss some of the latest ADHD treatments out there? If so, our Tampa, FL, pediatrician Dr. Johnson-Towson and the team at Pediatric Place of Tampa are always happy to sit down to discuss options with you. Call us today at (813) 264-2288.

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