ADD &ADHD Treatment

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder are characterized by a pattern of behaviors, present in multiple settings (school and home), before the age of 12. Often they can result in difficulty in school, social, or family settings. Careless mistakes, difficulty making decisions, retaining instructions, organizing tasks, sitting still or impulse control are a few of the behaviors associated with ADD/ADHD. Many of these symptoms can also appear when a child experiences a trauma, major life change, or brain injury. Therefore, a thorough evaluation is required.

Inattentive:

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
  • Has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
  • Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
  • Has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
  • Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
  • Loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
  • Is often easily distracted
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities

Hyperactive:

  • Fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
  • Leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
  • Runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults
    may be limited to feeling restless).
  • Unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
  • Is often "on the go" acting as if "driven by a motor".
  • Talks excessively.

David approaches treatment for ADD/ADHD from a family perspective. The goal is to help the entire family to cope with these sometimes frustrating behaviors in a healthy and meaningful way. Play therapy, art therapy, and even physical movement may be used with the child. Coping skills and behavioral modification techniques (including the use of behavior charts and reward systems) may be offered to the parents.


LifeWorks AZ uses a strengths based approach in counseling. David believes that highlighting and tapping into all the gifts and strengths people have makes all the difference in creating the changes they desire in their lives. He also believes that it is vital to obtain balance physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in order to create the desired change.

David's technique is unique in he works not only with the child he also works with parents in coaching, counseling, and therapy to create behavior changes in the whole family system.

David uses a wide array of approaches to create desired change: CBT, DBT, EMDR, Art Therapy, Sports Mental Training, Play, Talk therapy, and more.

For more information and a free consultation, call (602) 575-4030 or email David at david@lifeworksaz.com.