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ADHD is a brain disorder that typically starts in childhood. For some people, the symptoms end before adulthood, while others struggle with the condition for life.
Watch this video to learn more about the symptoms and potential causes of ADHD. The condition is marked by inattentiveness and impulsive behavior. Although the exact cause is unknown, doctors suspect an issue with neurotransmitters in the brain could be to blame. Genetics and environmental toxins are both associated with an increased risk of ADHD.
At the Attention & Achievement Center, we provide drug-free treatments for ADHD that can help your child succeed in school and have a calmer life at home. To find out more about our treatment approach, schedule an ADHD initial evaluation by calling (877) 416-1641.
Last updated 9 days ago
Diagnoses of ADD/ADHD have increased in recent years, causing millions of parents to be even more concerned for their children’s mental health. While almost everyone has heard of ADD/ADHD, relatively few people actually know the details behind the disorders. Here are the answers to three commonly asked questions about ADD/ADHD.
Is there a difference between ADD and ADHD?
It can sometimes be difficult to draw a firm line between children with ADD and those with ADHD. Generally speaking, children who have trouble focusing but are not hyperactive may be diagnosed with ADD, while inattentive children who are hyperactive may be diagnosed with ADHD. ADD is technically a subtype of ADHD, though many people use the terms interchangeably. ADD is an outdated term, but many people still use it—this is part of the reason why many professionals have adopted the term ADD/ADHD.
What causes ADD/ADHD?
Once parents learn about their child’s ADD/ADHD diagnosis, they’re often very curious about the cause. Studies suggest that genetics is a considerable factor in ADD/ADHD cases—if you have the disorder, there’s a greater chance that your child will have it too. Smoking during pregnancy, low birth weight, and traumatic events during early childhood seem to have some relationship with ADD/ADHD diagnoses.
What treatments are available for ADD/ADHD?
One common treatment for ADD/ADHD is Electroencephalogram (EEG) Neurofeedback, which is a safe and painless learning procedure that involves sensors placed on the patient’s head. The sensors monitor brain activity, helping patients and doctors understand how to improve the patient’s behavior and mental performance. EEG Neurofeedback has been closely studied for over 30 years, and has produced positive results for many individuals with ADD/ADHD, autism, anxiety, and several other conditions.
The professionals at the Attention & Achievement Center will gladly answer all your questions about ADD/ADHD. We provide safe and effective treatment for children in Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, San Mateo, and elsewhere in the Bay Area. Call us at (877) 416-1641 to speak with a professional about ADD/ADHD, autism, auditory processing disorders, and other developmental issues.
Last updated 17 days ago
For the past few decades, more people have become aware of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Millions of parents have monitored their children’s behavior for symptoms of ADD/ADHD, and the combination of education and proactivity has led to more diagnoses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.2 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD since the disorder was discovered—that’s 8.4 percent of all children in that age group. 12% of all boys between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, while just 4.7% 3-17-year-old girls have been diagnosed. The percentage of children ever diagnosed with ADHD rose from 7% of children in 1998 to 9% of children in 2009.
For more enlightening statistics on ADD and ADHD, you can speak with the professionals at the Attention & Achievement Center, located in Pleasanton, CA. We’re dedicated to helping children and parents overcome developmental disorders and live happy, healthy lives. Call us at (877) 416-1641 if you have any questions.
Last updated 24 days ago
Dyslexia is one processing disorder that is often taken lightly in popular culture. While difficulty with reading, writing, and speaking may be amusing for some, it’s very serious for children with the disorder. As a parent, it’s your duty to monitor your child’s school performance and identify issues with your child’s development. Here are a few of the indicators that your child might have dyslexia:
Delayed Speaking Abilities
Dyslexia is a disorder than chiefly affects one’s ability to process language. Children who are starting school or are about to start school should speak in complete sentences and correctly name people and objects. If your child is clearly behind his peers when it comes to speaking, there’s a chance that he has dyslexia. Children with dyslexia also tend to have difficulty with rhyming, staying on topic, and understanding directions.
Difficulty or Disinterest in Reading
Children with dyslexia may have trouble processing written language. Since it’s difficult for children to be interested in something they’re struggling with, many children with dyslexia refuse to read or are otherwise not interested in it. Specific reading difficulties to watch out for include trouble naming letters, an inability to remember printed words, and trouble associating letters with sounds. Some children with dyslexia commonly skip over words while reading.
Trouble with Spelling
Writing is another area in which children with dyslexia tend to struggle. If your child has difficulty copying or writing words at a level that is on par with his peers, there’s a chance that he has dyslexia. Other common signs of dyslexia include difficulty writing letters and numbers in the correct order, incorrect spelling, and an inability to proofread written work.
If your child has consistently exhibited any signs of dyslexia over the past six months, consider calling the Attention & Achievement Center of Pleasanton, CA. The earlier your child is diagnosed with dyslexia, the earlier we can help him overcome his challenges. Call us at (877) 416-1641 to learn more about treatment for ADHD, dyslexia, and other conditions.
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In popular culture, dyslexia is often characterized by the mixing or switching of letters or syllables. While this is one sign of dyslexia, the disability itself is actually much more complicated.
This video from the National Center for Learning Disabilities discusses the various kinds of dyslexia in great detail. School-age children with dyslexia may struggle with the names of letters, which sounds the letters make, and with reading comprehension. Identifying dyslexia early can allow learning disability professionals to help children learn the foundational skills necessary for reading and writing.
Would you like to learn more about dyslexia? Call the San Francisco Bay Area’s Attention & Achievement Center at (877) 416-1641. Our team of professionals provides effective treatment for ADD, ADHD, autism, and other developmental challenges. Visit our website for more information.