Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by persistent and developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention. Impulsivity, disorganization, and variable hyperactivity commonly accompany the attention difficulties. That being said, it is extremely important that all other learning disabilities, poor hearing and vision deficits be ruled out before a diagnosis of ADHD alone is made. This diagnosis is commonly managed by pediatricians, child psychiatrists, developmental specialists, or neurologists.
There is no specific known cause of ADHD. It affects a very large number of children, manifesting itself in poor schooland challenging social interactions with peers and family. It is thought to be present in as much as 8-10% of the school age population in the United States.
While the school system can offer some benefits for the children with the diagnosis of ADHD, it is often best managed with medication. Because ADHD and ADD impact various parts of a child's life, from their physical health to their social and academic health, management should include not only medication, but also social, psychological, and school program support. It is thought that up to 40% of children with ADHD have a concomotant learning disability.
While confirmed cases of ADD and ADHD have been on the rise over the last decade, attention deficit disorders in Siouxland and in medical literature have been treated and managed for nearly 80 years. Prairie Pedatrics specifically have treated and managed cases on a regular and consistent basis for over 20 years, making us one of the most equippemed and experienced clinics in Sioux City to help children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. We are here to help you make sense of what can be an otherwise overwhelming condition and give you the tools and resources to help you and your child focus on what's important: their health, their social bonds, their education, and their lives.