ADHD CHILD COUNSELING THERAPY Behavior Modification Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona

Recent studies show that ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ) is a very common childhood diagnosis for children and teens ages 3-18 years old in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona and the USA. Some features are lack of focus and lack of concentration. Research in this recent study shows that the drug Concerta and Ritalin or drugs that have Methylphenidate may be impacting the development of white matter in your child’s brain. Many children take this ADHD drug and continue to take the drug well into adulthood according to experts on ADHD.

White matter in a child’s brain is involved with learning and overall brain functioning in children and teenagers.

Children and teens in the study took the Concerta or Ritalin for sixteen weeks. After sixteen weeks they had an MRI using fractional anisotrophy. FA looks at : nerve fiber density, size, protection through coating of the white matter in the child’s brain. An adult group also took the medication for 16 weeks and the same MRI and analysis of white matter was completed for the adult group.

In the adult group FA white matter changes were not present after the study was analyzed in the adults.

The results were that Metylphenidate ( Concerta or Ritalin) influences the brain structure of children and teens.

The team and Doctors on the study state that parents decision with doctors to prescribe above medications should not be taken lightly . The research was written up in the scientific journal of radiology.

Below is how counseling a child and working with parents can help with ADHD or ADD behavior in your child to create desired changes.

I have worked with children and teens with ADHD and ADD from age five to eighteen over fifteen years. Many of the children came to me and were already on medication for years with limited positive results according to the parents.

Research on ADHD and ADD show that best results include counseling in conjunction with any medication per medical research and psychological research.

It is challenging for a child or teen to sit in their seat and focus on school work that they find boring or something the child finds difficult to learn. Even the best teachers in the USA have challenges keeping children excited and interested in the subject matter they are teaching. 

It is fascinating to note that a child with ADHD diagnosis can sit for 1-4 hours on there computer and play video games without getting up. You might ask why? Well playing games and the stimuli visually and kinesthetically and sounds keep your child or teens interest. If you ask your child to sit at the table and do vocabulary words for 1-4 hours you might find it is very challenging.

The BOTTOM line is this behavioral counseling and behavior modification therapy help retrain your child and teens thoughts and no medication can change your child’s thought’s. Children and teens have 1,000 of thoughts a day and sometimes per hour according to researchers.

Furthermore I work with parents to give them tips and advise on how to solidify the good behaviors of : listening.\, following directions, staying in ones seat etc so your child or teen can manage his or her ADHD or ADD behaviors.

I also look at all areas of your child’s life that need improvement and help them obtain balance . This may include: electronic habits, social skills, self esteem, healthy communication, motivation for obtaining employment, exercise, sports, extracurricular activities and more. There are many small things that can impacy ADHD and ADD behaviors. This is a part of behavioral therapy.

There is a great deal of research on medicating your child for ADHD. Medication will not change your child thoughts. It is important that your child learns to modify his or her behavior. Your child can learn how to manage his ADHD symptoms. Your child can learn how to problem solve. Your child can learn how to focus and do homework. Your child can learn to focus on tasks. I have worked with thousands of children with ADHD and emotional and behavioral problems and I see huge changes in my office reported by parents, children , teenagers, and moms and Dads.

Taking the time to train your child’s brain and modify behavior does not have to be a long drawn out process. There are many techniques that can help your child build success and build his or her self esteem so he or she can excel in academics and in life. Behavior modification therapy and CBT therapy are research based for positive reults.

I work with parents with behavioral therapy and CBT as well as the child to accomplish goals and empower your child. I believe counseling and behavior modification is vital to manage ADHD and create success for children.

Your child has many strengths and may need to work on a few areas to find happiness and success at home and at school and socially. Counseling can help your child and family get back into balance. Your child may have behavioral or emotional issues and may struggle in school and at home. I do not label your child because I believe this can create a negative stigma rather I help your child empower themselves to create and reach desired goals at home and at school.

Over one million children are mis diagnosed with ADHD each year. This is concerning since many are put on stimulant medications and long term impacts of stimulants is not known for youth.

Children with ADHD have issues above and beyond : hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness. Poor academic performances and poor behaviors at school, challenging relationships with peers and family members, difficult relationships with teachers and parents.

Children and adolescent teens that get along with parents and peers, have success at school academically, and parents with effective parenting skills are those with ADHD that have the best chance of adult success.

Behavioral therapy teaches children and parents skills to manage and master the three mentioned areas: healthy relationships, academic success, and teaching parents effective tools to address an ADHD child.

Psychosocial counseling and therapy for ADHD children and teenagers is called behavior modification or behavior therapy .

Best approaches in counseling is called a multi-modal approach. What this means is best results have been shown for ADHD children and adolescents when : parents, Psychotherapist with expertise with ADHD and youth work as a team. Incorporating behavior programs with this school can also show a team approach. Many schools are busy and overwhelmed with behavior issues and limited funding and teachers have so many students the child can not receive as much support as a parent or one on one counseling can provide .

Tailoring a specific program for your child or teen adolescent is essential. Each child with ADHD has his or her own personality and temperament as well as unique family dynamics and environmental dynamics. A unique program is vital for your child’s success in modifying behaviors. It is best to start behavioral therapy as early as you can . The longer a parent waits for counseling the more time it will take to modify behavioral habits.

Parents can learn to reach behavioral goals, stay consistent, provide a reward based/consequence system, identify small goals that are manageable and not overwhelming to your child.

The first step is meeting with a counselor that works with behavior modification. Developing rapport and learning about the child and family dynamics is essential. Obtaining a history of behaviors that are working and behaviors that are not working is vital for treatment of ADHD and child behavioral issues.

Many Medical doctors believe that a child should not be on medication alone to address ADHD issues and should have behavioral therapy and counseling.

Many children are diagnosed with ADHD because they are young and immature and they do not have ADHD. Many children are simply emotionally immature and or intellectually immature. Many ADHD diagnosis are driven by behaviors at school. Teachers are overwhelmed and they do not have the resources to take time to manage a child’s behaviors with many classrooms having a 30:1 ratio . Teachers really need many more assistants and if they did the suggestion of an ADHD diagnosis would disappear most likely.

Children and adolescent teenagers that experience stress and trauma are more likely to have an ADHD diagnosis. Psychosocial issues are rarely looked at by pediatricians according to recent ADHD studies. Children with ADHD may display: disruptive behaviors, impulsivity, issues with organization, issues with memory, challenges with problem solving and more.

ADHD like symptoms are often found in children and teens that have family stressors and or environmental stressors. Family discord and divorce are some examples where ADHD like behaviors are likely to be seen. Research shows that environmental stressors may increase levels of stress to a high toxic level. This level of stress may impair a child or teens brain development, behaviors, and overall it may impact their physical health as well as their mental health.

When environmental stressors like divorce or family stress is not looked at many practitioners may diagnose a child or teen with ADHD and are at risk of overlooking a child’s past trauma or current trauma as well as environmental factors that are the triggers for the behaviors like Impulsivity, disruptive behaviors, challenges with focus or problem solving etc.

Financial hardships, domestic violence, divorce, mental illness in families, incarceration of parents, discrimination death, grief and loss must be looked at in depth before one gives a child or teenager a diagnosis of ADHD.

Intensive research on ADHD medications show that it masks symptoms and makes your child docile, stunts growth, however does not teach your child: life skills, stress management, motivation, ability to overcome negative thinking, mood management, better family respect, improved family communication, improved social skills, improved self esteem, behavior management skills and more. There is not a magic pill it will take extra family effort and time according to many experts in the field of ADHD and Psychology. 

Dr. Carl Hart is a neuro-psycho-pharmacologist at Columbia University and states that ADHD Adderall is very similar to Crystal Meth. Thousands of Experts in Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Psychology report similar research studies.

Children can learn ways to mange behaviors and moods. Parents can learn tips to assist in healthy behaviors at home and at school through child therapy and family counseling from a professional who specializes in these areas. www.Lifeworksaz.com provides fifteen plus years of experience working with : ADHD behaviors, ADD behaviors, behavior modification, child ADHD counseling and Teen ADHD and ADD counseling.

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.