When your child is displaying behavioral problems, struggling at school, and causing you a great deal of stress, it can be difficult to know what to do or where to turn. Fortunately, Jose Fragoso, MD, is an experienced pediatrician with considerable expertise in helping children with behavioral problems and diagnosing complex disorders like ADHD. If you live in Union City, New Jersey, or the surrounding area, make an appointment to see Dr. Fragoso at Union City Pediatrics to get the expert help you need. Call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a developmental disorder that causes children to struggle with conforming to expected patterns of behavior. Children may be a cause of frustration and disappointment and frequently face disciplinary procedures at school or sanctions at home, yet they seem unable to change their behavior.
Parents and teachers of children who don’t receive the correct diagnosis may blame the child or the parenting for the behavioral problems, and the child gains a reputation as a troublemaker. Children consequently find it hard to cope with life and struggle to fulfill their potential, not understanding why they can’t control their behavior.
The causes of ADHD aren’t entirely clear, but possible factors include social environment, genetics, and brain chemistry. Research into brain function in children with ADHD shows that there could be a link to imbalances in the levels of specific neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters are chemicals that relay messages between brain cells and play a vital role in brain function.
Children with ADHD are often labeled as naughty or disobedient from an early age, because even as very small children they tend to be hyperactive and always getting into mischief. Typical signs of ADHD in a child include:
Because these behaviors may not always be recognized as a definable disorder, children with ADHD often fail to thrive at school, and their report cards don’t reflect how bright they are.
The symptoms of ADHD are ones that most children display at some stage, so for a diagnosis of ADHD, your child’s symptoms should be present continuously for at least six months by the time the child’s seven years old, and the behaviors must be more extreme than the those exhibited by the child’s peers.
The most important step is getting the right diagnosis from a specialist like Dr. Fragoso, because once your child has an official diagnosis, it’s far easier to get them the help they need. There are two main approaches to helping children with ADHD and their families.
Behavior therapy is a method of helping children learn to build on their positive behaviors and reduce or eliminate disruptive behaviors. You, your child, and your child’s teachers can all participate in and use behavioral therapy training to help the child manage their behavior better at home and at school.
Medication is also useful in some cases, providing it’s prescribed by a physician, like Dr. Fragoso, who has expertise in treating children with ADHD. Find out more about what’s causing your child’s behavioral problems and how to deal with them by calling Union City Pediatrics today, or booking an appointment online.