ADHD

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness

Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 11% of school-age children, interfering with their schoolwork and family life. Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness in Atlanta, Georgia, takes a family-based approach to diagnose and address ADHD. Licensed pediatric psychologist Jennifer Poulos, Psy.D and her amazing team, offer medicinal and holistic solutions, such as play therapy or behavior therapy, to promote a positive outcome for your child and family. For comprehensive ADHD care, call our front office today.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental childhood conditions, and it affects millions of children. Children with ADHD often struggle to stay focused on a task and rein in their energy.

ADHD isn’t a cookie-cutter condition, which means your child’s symptoms won’t necessarily mimic the behaviors of another child with ADHD. This variability can make ADHD hard to diagnose and treat without the expertise of a licensed professional at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and inattention are common with ADHD. Other recurring behaviors with ADHD include:

  • Frequent daydreaming
  • Forgetfulness
  • Talkativeness
  • Squirming or fidgeting
  • Taking needless risks
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Impulsiveness

The presence of any of these symptoms doesn't automatically mean your child has ADHD. Instead, your provider at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness looks for a pattern of behavior, such as symptoms that persist for at least six months, or disruptive actions that cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends.

How do I know if my child has ADHD?

A single test cannot confirm whether your child has ADHD. Instead, your provider at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness takes a comprehensive medical history and suggests vision and hearing exams. Expect a series of diagnostic questions, such as, Does your child have multiple symptoms in two or more environments, such as at school and home? These questions help ensure that your child isn’t misdiagnosed.

Your provider will rule out other conditions that share some of the same symptoms as ADHD. They may suggest a comprehensive psychological assessment to gain an understanding of how your child functions from a developmental, emotional, academic, intellectual, and behavioral standpoint.

After confirming your child’s diagnosis, they then identify your child’s specific learning factors to promote their skills and abilities.

How is ADHD treated?

The team at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness explores several treatment avenues that are right for your child. The practice offers both medicinal and holistic solutions, such as play therapy or behavior therapy (applied behavioral analysis). 

As the name suggests, behavior therapy emphasizes helping your child change his or her behaviors. Other options include mindfulness or relaxation techniques, which research shows can improve the attention of children with ADHD.

Your provider recommends one or more solutions based on the needs of your family and child. Get the expert care your family deserves. Call Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness today or book a consultation online.