Child and Teen ADHD Assessment and Treatment

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is an increasingly common disorder amongst children and teens.

ADHD effects both boys and girls.

 

A multifaceted approach is most effective in the treatment of ADHD in children and teens.

The best results are reached when Parent Coaching and or Family Therapy is used in conjunction with possible medication.

  • Skills Training

  • Motivation

  • Medication Management

Symptoms of ADHD in children and teens.

  • Trouble focusing at school
    Excessive procrastination
    Impulsivity
    Low self-esteem
    Daydreaming

  • Troubled relationships
    Difficulty completing tasks
    Poor organization and time management
    Losing items needed for school
    Academic struggles

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a disorder that can have a profoundly negative effect on a child’s life. Proper assessment and diagnosis is crucial to proper treatment of ADHD in kids. Unfortunately, 90% of children are diagnosed after a 10 minute appointment with their pediatrician. This leaves many children misdiagnosed and drives problems around over diagnosis.

Assessment

I conduct a very stringent assessment over a minimum of 3 sessions in my San Francisco or Menlo Park offices. The assessment process involves the parents, child, and a teacher or school staff. The teacher or school staff can be contacted via phone and are not needed to come to my office.  Once I have completed the assessment, I meet with parents and children to provide treatment recommendations and planning if the child or teen has ADHD. In addition to the therapeutic services that I offer, I also provide referrals for additional supports, such as medication management when appropriate.

Treatment

I provide comprehensive treatment for children and teenagers with ADHD in both San Francisco and Menlo Park. I work with parents and families to help them learn important skills for minimizing distractions, regulating emotions, managing impulsivity, and increasing organization. I also focus on secondary issues such as shame, anxiety, low self-image, depression, and possible substance abuse. I work with my clients from a place of empathy and understanding, while utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent Coaching, Family Therapy and individualized treatment plans.

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