Understanding ADHD with coexisting conditions is necessary in developing an intervention program. Understanding a child's strengths and weaknesses are an integral part of a successful treatment program.
It is important to look at a child's positive strengths and encourage activities that use these strengths to support weaknesses. They may be creative, loving, or great at solving problems. Supporting their emotional needs lifts their spirits and encourages them to work harder to overcome their weaknesses.
Some of the coexisting conditions that may affect ADHD children with the percentage of occurrence are Depression-20-25%, Anxiety-20%, Oppositional Defiant Disorder-40-50%, Conduct Disorders-10-40%, Tic Disorders-10%, Dyslexia-20%, Sleep Disorders-45%, Learning Disabilities-35-45%, Language Delays-30-40%, or other disorders.
Families struggling to raise children affected with these conditions need to find a doctor with experience that understands the specific diagnosis. The child may be considered disabled and therefore will be eligible to receive special education and related services. Patience and repetition are keys to behavior change for these children. Helping children change their behaviors means that adults must find ways to change their own.
Seeking help early on will lead to a better outcome. Don't get discouraged if you don't see results right away. Positive interventions can help change these unwanted behaviors and leave a lasting impact.
Parents’ Place in Lexington sponsors an ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group. It meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm ET at
2220 Young Drive
Twice a year, Parents’ Place offers a multi-week parenting class specifically for parents of ADD/ADHD children. Call (859) 268-4292 for more information about classes and support groups.