Henry Hasson, MD
Child Neurology located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a common medical condition that brings many families to the care of Henry Hasson, MD. As one of the most highly sought-after pediatric neurologists in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and the greater New York City area, Dr. Hasson has extensive experience diagnosing and treating ADHD. If you’re concerned about your child’s behavioral issues or are searching for assistance with ADHD care, call the office or book an appointment online today.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterized by differences in brain development. It’s most commonly diagnosed during childhood, but adults can also struggle with ADHD.
There are multiple types of ADHD. Some kids only show signs of one type, while others display a mix of symptoms from the three categories.
Kids with this type of ADHD often struggle to focus their attention or stay on task. They might not be able to listen to instructions or finish things they start. They can seem forgetful or absent-minded, and they often lose their belongings.
Kids with this type of ADHD have trouble staying still or quiet. They can become easily bored, restless, or fidgety. They often jump, run, or climb in inappropriate settings, and they may engage in behaviors that are disruptive to others.
Kids with this type of ADHD find it difficult to think through the consequences of their actions. They often do or take things without permission and choose risky behaviors. They might also experience emotional reactions that seem stronger or more intense than the situation calls for.
It’s important to note that all kids engage in these behaviors at various points during childhood. With kids who have ADHD, the behaviors occur frequently or are severe enough to interfere with their interactions at home, at school, or in social settings.
How do I know if my child has ADHD?
Parents often notice the signs of ADHD when their kids are young, but it can be difficult to know when the boundaries of typical childhood behaviors have been crossed. Consider how your child’s behavior affects their interactions with others. When behaviors get in the way of learning, forming social connections with peers, or aligning with family expectations, then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Hasson.
Teachers and child care providers can be a valuable resource in identifying signs of ADHD. If someone who spends a considerable amount of time with your child shares concerns with you, consider having your child tested for ADHD. Left untreated, behavioral issues can make it harder for your child to succeed at school or in social settings.
What is the process for diagnosing ADHD?
Dr. Hasson uses the Quotient ADHD computer test to evaluate kids for signs of ADHD. This tool is a computerized assessment that asks a child to respond to certain images or sounds. The system tracks those responses and analyzes them in comparison to responses by others with or without ADHD.
Dr. Hasson also works with you to learn more about your child’s behavioral patterns, and he gets to know your child before reaching a diagnosis and exploring treatment options. There are many ways to treat ADHD, including medications, behavioral therapy, lifestyle modifications, and more.
That process begins with an initial consultation, which you can schedule online or over the phone today.