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Therapy is part of the treatment for most kids and teens diagnosed with ADHD. Kids have meetings with a therapist to help with the problems that ADHD can cause.
In therapy, kids learn skills that don’t come naturally because of ADHD, like listening and paying attention better.
Some kids with ADHD also get another type of therapy called occupational therapy. This helps when things like balance or handwriting are difficult because of ADHD or a learning disability.
Treatment for ADHD usually includes medicine. Medicines boost the brain’s ability to pay attention, use self-control, and fidget less. Medicine works best when a child also has a therapist to teach how to use these improved abilities.
Therapy helps kids with ADHD do better in school and at home. For example, they learn how to:
Some kids need therapy to help ease difficult emotions caused by ADHD. For example, kids might lose confidence or feel like they’re disappointing others. Some kids become depressed, anxious, or frustrated.
When kids learn skills to manage ADHD, they do better. Therapy also helps kids feel happier and more confident.
In ADHD therapy, kids learn by doing. With younger kids, this means drawing, playing, and talking. For older kids and teens, a therapist will share activities and ideas to build skills they need, like good study habits.
In ADHD therapy, a positive relationship with the therapist helps kids feel encouraged and supported as they learn.
Depending on the child’s age, a therapist might meet with the child and parent together, or with the child alone. When parents work with kids in therapy sessions, they learn tips and ideas for keeping up the lessons at home.
Parents can help kids use and practice what they learn. Kids build confidence and self-esteem as they master new skills.
At the beginning, your child’s therapist will talk with you and ask questions. Listening to your answers helps the therapist learn more about your child. Together you will make goals for what you want to improve.
Parents and kids usually meet with the therapist once a week for a few months.
Therapy sessions include activities like:
How long therapy lasts will depend on your goals. Most of the time, a therapist will want to meet with your child once a week for a few months.
Having ADHD isn’t a child’s — or a parent’s — fault. But there are things that children and parents can learn in therapy to help things get better.
Here’s how you can help:
ADHD is a common medical condition that can affect kids at school, at home, and in friendships. This article is for parents who want to learn more about ADHD and how to help kids get the best diagnosis and care.
Parenting is as important as any other part of ADHD treatment. The way parents respond can make ADHD better (or worse). This article has parenting tips to help kids improve and do well.
Parenting is as important as any other part of ADHD treatment. The way parents respond can make ADHD better (or worse). This article has parenting tips to help teens improve and do well.
ADHD can affect a child’s ability to do well in school and even make friends. This article for parents has tips on working with teachers to help your child succeed.
Many children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Going to therapy helps them cope better, feel better, and do better.
ADHD is a medical condition that makes it harder for kids to stay focused. Kids with ADHD can also be more fidgety than other kids their age. This article for kids explains how doctors decide a kid has ADHD and what they can do about it.
What’s it like to go to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist? Find out in this article for kids.
Being mindful helps people do better in just about every part of life. These exercises are for kids who want to practice and build good mindfulness skills.
Mindfulness can help kids do better at everything from paying attention and focusing on schoolwork to getting on better with other people. This article for kids has tips on building this important skill.
ADHD is a medical condition that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, and pay attention. This article for teens has the basics on ADHD.
There’s no quick fix for ADHD. But taking medicine and working with counselors can help. This article for teens has tips for handling school and relationships.
Getting help with emotions or stress is the same as getting help with a medical problem like asthma or diabetes. This article explains how therapy works and how it can help with problems.
Mindfulness helps people do their best at things, whether that’s focusing on a task or getting along with others. This article for teens has details on practicing mindfulness so you can make it work for you.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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