ADD/ADHD Evaluations Specialist

Thousand Oaks Pediatrics

Pediatric Clinic located in Newbury Park, CA

The experienced pediatric care experts at Thousand Oaks Pediatrics take ADD/ADHD evaluations very seriously, and they always do both prescreening and assessments before making a diagnosis and considering treatment options. The team of experienced pediatricians always listen first and then make recommendations based on your child’s specific needs. Schedule an ADD/ADHD evaluation for your child at the Newbury Park, California, practice online or call to speak with a team member.

ADD/ADHD Evaluations Q & A

What are ADHD and ADD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that can occur in patients of any age but is most common in children.

There are three types of ADHD:

  • Inattentive - attention problems and possible impulse control issues without attention deficit disorder (ADD or hyperactivity)
  • Hyperactive-impulsive - hyperactivity (ADD) without attention problems or impulse control issues
  • Combination - hyperactivity (ADD), attention, and impulse control problems

If your child is having problems with hyperactivity, paying attention, or impulsivity, it's possible that they have ADD or another type of ADHD. Symptoms of ADHD disorders can vary widely, based on which type of ADHD it is.

When you're concerned about your child's behavior and you have questions, an ADHD evaluation at Thousand Oaks Pediatrics can help you get the answers you need.

How does an ADHD evaluation work?

There's not just one test for ADD or other types of ADHD. In addition to regular pre-screenings during well-child visits, your child's Thousand Oaks Pediatrics doctor can do a complete and thorough ADHD evaluation if needed. This evaluation includes a thorough exam and considers many factors, including:

  • Other health issues
  • Medical history
  • Academic history
  • Behavioral history
  • Social behavior

A careful and comprehensive approach to ADHD evaluation is vital, and your child's Thousand Oaks Pediatrics doctor only makes the diagnosis of ADD or another type of ADHD if your child clearly meets the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria for diagnosis.

What is the treatment for ADHD or ADD?

ADHD or ADD treatment is customized for your child's needs. In many cases, a combination approach is the most successful way to deal with the condition. Although medication can be very successful for all three types of ADHD, strict adherence to the medication schedule is crucial. Missed doses, skipped doses, or erratic use of the medication can mean that your child won't get the full benefit of the medicine and thus won't get the best symptom relief.

Other treatment options can include behavioral therapy and one-on-one counseling. If your child's suffering from ADHD, it's important for you and your whole family to learn about the condition and its management. Your child's Thousand Oaks Pediatrics doctor can support your child and your whole family, providing the ADHD resources needed every step of the way.

If you're concerned about your child's behavior and suspect they may have a form of ADHD, including ADD, get the answers you need with an ADHD evaluation. Book online or over the phone today.