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Kids & Teens Medical Group
Pediatrics located in Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge, Arcadia,
La Canada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys & Whittier, CA

ADHD

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ADHD

Kids & Teens Medical Group
ADHD in Los Angeles


When your older child is impulsive and has difficulty concentrating or focusing, they may need an evaluation for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), previously called attention-deficit disorder (ADD). The Kids & Teens Medical Group offers expert evaluation, diagnosis, and long-term support for your child’s ADD or ADHD. If you suspect your child has ADD/ADHD, call or request an appointment online at one of the offices in the Greater Los Angeles area: Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge, Arcadia, La Cañada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Encino, or Whittier, California today.

ADHD Q & A

What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder? 

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or attention-deficit disorder (ADD), is a condition that affects children and adults. If your child has ADHD, they may struggle to pay attention or control their behavior. 

Older children with ADHD don't outgrow common young child-like behaviors, including: 

  • Lacking attention when spoken to

  • Being unable to follow instructions 

  • Forgetting steps when completing tasks

  • Being easily distracted 

  • Talking too fast or impulsively 

  • Interrupting often 

  • Being unable to sit still 

  • Moving, running, or jumping constantly

  • Being unable to pay attention for an extended time

In most cases, your pediatrician can diagnose your child with ADHD by the time they are 12 years old. Some children outgrow ADHD, but some struggle to manage its behaviors into adulthood. 

How does a pediatrician diagnose ADD/ADHD?

The Kids & Teens Medical Group team assesses your child for signs of ADD/ADHD and other developmental, cognitive, or behavioral disorders during their well-child visits. If they suspect your child may have this condition, they may ask you and your child's teacher to fill out a specially designed assessment form. 

The assessment tool asks both of you a series of questions that help determine if your child is exhibiting typical childhood behaviors or may need further evaluation or treatment for ADD/ADHD. 

If your child has ADHD, your provider may evaluate them for conditions commonly associated with this disorder, including anxiety, depression, autism, learning disabilities, or developmental delays. 

What are the treatments for ADD/ADHD?

Treatment for ADD/ADHD is multi-faceted and involves your child, you, your family, and your child's teachers. The focus of a customized plan of care for ADHD is to support a child as they learn to manage their disorder and treat any underlying causes that may make symptoms worse. 

The Kids & Teens Medical Group team may recommend:

  • Nutritional counseling 

  • Dietary limitations or supplements

  • Medications 

  • Regular telehealth or in-office follow-ups

  • Family counseling

  • Behavioral counseling 

  • Psychiatric care

  • Specialist referrals 

Your provider works closely with your child's school and teacher to ensure they get the proper support while learning away from home. They also help connect you with community resources, educational materials, and ongoing support as you help them manage ADD/ADHD. 

For an expert evaluation and knowledgeable support for ADD/ADHD, call or request an appointment online with Kids & Teens Medical Group today. 

Kids & Teens Medical Group