No two children with ADHD have the exact same symptoms or struggle with the same types of issues. For some, disorganization is their biggest challenge while others struggle with emotional regulation on a daily basis. Some children seem to have very little perception of time, and minutes and hours can go by without their awareness. Treatment plans are designed only after careful consideration of each child's unique combination of symptoms and strengths.
Additionally, while some children will benefit from one-to-one therapy, other families will gain better success from parent coaching and/or family training sessions. After an initial consultation session with you and your child, Dr. Poggioli will discuss all options to help determine what form of ADHD treatment is best for your child and your family.
All ADHD therapy involves four essential components:
metacognitive training: Metacognition means "thinking about thinking." Gaining metacognitive skills means learning to take a bird's eye view and taking a step back to think things through. By learning to think about their own thinking, clients will learn to direct their brain processes in more efficient ways. Clients can take better control of their own minds instead of letting distractions and emotions derail them from their performance and their goals. Clients will also discover their executive function strengths and learn to use those strengths to create an Executive Function Toolbox that works for them.
behavioral strategies: Learning behavioral strategies is an essential component of treatment. Strategies include improving organization, enhancing working memory, increasing processing speed, improving task initiation and completion, and methods to help reduce distractions.
increasing motivation: Change takes work. Kids and adults with ADHD are frequently told that their behavior needs to change because their behavior is bad or for reasons that don't really matter to them (they won't get into a good school, won't get a good job, etc.). Motivation to make changes happens by helping clients understand how changes in behavior can help them achieve what is important to them.
emotional regulation: Emotional dysregulation, or becoming overwhelmed by anger, excitement, and disappointment, is a frequent symptom of ADHD. Emotional dysregulation leads to more difficulty with focus and attention, which only makes other symptoms of ADHD worse. Treatment of ADHD will include strategies to help regulate overwhelming feelings and increase feelings of calm.