Friday, June 12, 2015

ADD/ADHD Myths and the Benefits of OT

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are some of several psychological conditions that have a significant share of misconceptions. Here are a few myths about ADD/ADHD:

Myth #1: Kids Can Outgrow ADD/ADHD

The short answer is no. Left untreated, ADD/ADHD can continue well into adulthood, but if the affected individual’s strengths are developed via therapies (coupled with appropriate medication if needed) productive life as an adult is perfectly possible. 

Myth #2: Only Boys Can Have It

Girls are as every bit susceptible to having ADD/ADHD as boys, since gender makes absolutely no difference in the symptoms linked to the disorder. 

Myth #3: ADD/ADHD Is Just a Result of Poor Parenting

ADD/ADHD directly affect how the brain functions in terms of controlling behavior and is in no way related to the way parents raise or treat their children. Researchers haven’t been able to determine the root cause, but it’s apparent that kids with ADD/ADHD have distinctively larger and more active brains.

If your child has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, know that pediatric occupational therapy (OT) can be of great help. Therapists help children to develop executive functioning and self-regulation skills. For the latter, occupational therapists can work with children to reduce their difficulty in problem solving, time management, and transitioning in and out of tasks, whereas for self-regulation, therapists teach children to adjust their level of alertness accordingly, thereby enabling them to focus better. Occupational therapists also help to educate parents and develop specific strategies that may help their children become more organized and efficient, leading to more success in completing tasks at home and at school.