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How Behavioural Therapy Can Help Kids With ADHD

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ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder in children that can be treated with behavioral therapy. It is typically diagnosed in childhood and can persist into adulthood. Children with ADHD often have trouble focusing, act impulsively, and struggle to control their activity levels. For example, they might have short attention spans.

A child with ADHD may often be lost in thought, have poor short-term memory, and take unnecessary risks. Symptoms vary widely; some children might be hyperactive or inattentive, while others experience both. Each case of ADHD is unique, and experts in behavioral therapy tailor their treatments to fit the specific needs of each child. Behavioral therapists help kids manage their ADHD by providing personalized treatment plans.

therapist holding thumbs up sign to child - Behavioural TherapyWhat is ADHD

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a common mental disorder which usually presents itself in children. ADHD is regarded by some as a chronic and debilitating disorder which can lead to reduced self-esteem and impaired social ability if not appropriately treated.

Therapists use three primary types of therapy to treat ADHD: behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and medication.

Predominantly Inattentive Presentation refers to cases in which the child experiences difficulty with paying attention to details or conversations. Daily routines are also frequently forgotten. Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulse Presentation refers to situations in which the child experiences physical restlessness. A Combined Presentation is a situation in which the child experiences both types equally. 

How ADHD Affects Kids

One of the most significant impacts of ADHD in children is on their educational development. Due to attention loss, frequent daydreaming, and restlessness, children with ADHD may struggle to focus on lessons and miss out on critical information.

Kids with ADHD might benefit from an Individual Education Program (IEP). While an IEP is not a treatment for ADHD, many schools in Ottawa offer specialized plans to optimize education based on each student’s strengths and weaknesses.

For ADHD treatments, we recommend you consult an ADHD therapist involved in behavioural therapy. Waystone Psychology employs many highly-qualified ADHD therapists in Ottawa to give children the personalized attention they deserve.

therapist taking notes with child - Behavioural TherapyBehavioural Therapy as an ADHD Treatment

Behavioral therapy is often confused with psychotherapy. While psychotherapy focuses on emotions, behavioral therapy is concerned with actions. The goal is to transform negative energy and disruptions into positive energy. For example, behavioral therapy helps restless children channel their energy into focusing on lessons instead of fidgeting or walking around.

Behaviour therapy helps children manage their ADHD by adding structure to daily life. This involves implementing routines and encouraging predictability through positive reinforcement. Behavioural therapy plans, for instance, might narrow the scope of treatment to structuring small tasks at first and working their way up to larger ones in baby steps to avoid overwhelming the child. 

Behavioural Therapy Treatment for Kids at Waystone Psychology

Does your child need help with learning to manage their ADHD? Waystone Psychology employs highly-qualified ADHD therapists to help children with ADHD treatments in the Ottawa area. 

Our expert behavioural therapists have combined decades of education and experience to provide our clients with the highest standard of care. We give each patient a personalized plan that details how we intend to help with ADHD management. Contact us today to get started on your child’s personalized ADHD treatment plan!