We offer ADD & ADHD Support
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & Attention Deficit Disorder
Do any of the following apply to you or your child?
The above listed items are some of the symptoms an individual with ADHD may experience. Counseling may benefit an individual struggling with ADHD to make significant changes in his or her live. Cultivation Counseling specializes in counseling services to individuals with ADHD and has seen individuals make significant improvements as children and adults. Below is some more information on ADHD.
ADHD / ADD Definition
“ADHD is better defined as, constant, spontaneous, uncontrollable, overt, purposeless behavior unconsciously displayed by children”. (Calhoun, Greenwell & Chung) This is a simple definition but one that has held up for some time and is a good descriptor of how a child with ADHD acts. According to the 1994, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Ed. IV, (DSM-IV):
“ADHD is a Disruptive Behavior Disorder characterized by the presence of a set of chronic and impairing behavior patterns that display abnormal levels of inattention, hyperactivity, or their combination.”
PrognosisThe prognosis for improvement for children diagnosed with ADHD who receive treatment is good. This treatment if focused on cognitive skills, behavioral interventions, and medical interventions could lead to a positive prognosis as an adult. It should be noted that medication is not the answer for all clients, but does make a significant difference in some people’s symptoms. When medication is used as an intervention, individuals should combine skills learned through counseling to experience the greatest gains. Parents and teachers can have a positive impact on the prognosis of children with ADHD, utilizing specific interventions and skills can help with attention and hyperactivity symptoms.
The most beneficial types of interventions with students diagnosed with ADHD focus on behavioral interventions. The goals for these individuals focus on being able to stay on task and being able to complete tasks. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are often used to help students improve social skills. These social skills can focus on a variety of interpersonal skills and can help students learn to improve their communication skills. Another key intervention for students with ADHD is training for parents. This training for the parents can help the parents encourage improved social behaviors. Training parents can also take the shape of helping parents develop behavioral plans, such as token economies, that can assist in reinforcing desired behaviors.