An estimated 6.1 million children under 17 in the United States have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Kimberly Klausner, MD, FAAP, Guy Efron, MD, and the other board-certified pediatricians at Roxbury Pediatrics offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for ADHD at the office in Century City. The providers also customize a treatment plan using medications and behavioral therapies to help your child thrive in school and at home. Call the Los Angeles, California, office to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder. The disorder causes difficulties paying attention and focusing on tasks. Children also have trouble controlling impulsive behaviors and find it difficult to sit still.
While the underlying cause of ADHD isn’t well understood, it’s possible that a child’s genetics play a role. Other potential causes of ADHD can include:
ADHD most often develops in childhood and can last into adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD can negatively affect a child’s performance in school and their behaviors at home and socially.
It’s normal for children to be energetic and occasionally fidget or lack focus. However, if your child has noticeable difficulty controlling impulsive behaviors or isn’t able to focus in school or at home, Roxbury Pediatrics recommends that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation for ADHD.
Children with ADHD may also show signs like:
The pediatricians offer on-site diagnostic evaluations for these behaviors to determine if they relate to ADHD. If the screening determines your child has the disorder, their pediatrician creates a treatment plan to make it easier for your child to manage their condition.
The goal of an ADHD treatment plan is to help manage your child’s symptoms, so they can be successful socially and academically.
Typically, treatment for ADHD includes medications that help lessen impulsivity and improve concentration. Their pediatrician at Roxbury Pediatrics can determine which medication is a good fit for your child and provides regular monitoring services to ensure it is working.
In addition to medication, your child may benefit from behavioral therapy that helps them recognize their behaviors and learn how to cope with them. Their pediatrician can also recommend lifestyle and diet changes that keep your child healthy and developing properly while managing ADHD symptoms.
If your child has symptoms of ADHD or you need help managing their disorder, call Roxbury Pediatrics to schedule a consultation today or book an appointment online.