Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Therapy

At Spectrum Connections Therapy, we specialize in supporting the mental health needs of individuals and families living with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting many children, adults, and families. It is often identified in the school-aged years when children start having challenges with developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Although, many adults are starting to better understand that the daily struggles they face are better explained by an unidentified ADHD diagnosis. ADHD affects the executive functioning skills in the brain, making it hard to organize, initiate a task, complete a task, maintain focus on an activity, and regulate emotions. ADHD can be so impactful that it can interfere with daily functioning across many contexts including home, school, community, social, and work activities. 

More often than not, ADHD kids come to us when no one can understand their behaviors and the reasons they act the way they do. But we get it, and we can see the bigger picture perspective while also simplifying your situation to help you move forward. When you are a parent of an ADHDer, you have to parent differently. The goal of therapy is not to change the unique traits of ADHDers but help them live their lives in more balance and with less chaos. ADHDers have lots of wonderful strengths and unique capabilities! Kids with ADHD may struggle significantly in school and can often have serious consequences to their behaviors leading them to struggle academically without the right supports in place such as a 504 plan or an IEP (individualized education plan). These kids are generally very smart but still struggle academically, so providing some extra supports and accommodations in the school setting will help them be more successful learners. At Spectrum Connections Therapy, we have backgrounds in special education and enjoy collaborating with school teams to ensure success. Adults with ADHD can have challenges managing their daily routines, work expectations, and relationships. 

At Spectrum Connections Therapy, we meet you and your family where you are, identify the areas of strengths, and use those strengths to build any lagging skills in executive functioning abilities. Individuals with ADHD can be very successful in life with the right supports in place.

Executive Functions Skills impacted by ADHD:

  • Self-Awareness: This describes the ability to be aware of one’s own experience, pause and self-direct appropriate attention.
  • Inhibition: Being able to stop oneself from acting on impulses. Impulse control can be a challenge with ADHD.
  • Working Memory: This can be challenging with ADHD as this is the ability to hold visual imagery in your mind and be able to picture things mentally. There can also be challenges with one’s inner dialogue, how individuals recall certain events, and gaps in short term memory.
  • Emotional Regulation: ADHDers can struggle with the ability to emotionally regulate. This is a big area of focus that we are able to support at Spectrum Connections Therapy.
  • Flexibility: Unexpected changes and the ability to adapt to those changes can be a challenge with ADHD. Even the smallest changes in routine can lead to big struggles and challenging behaviors in children. At Spectrum Connections Therapy, we like to refer to these situations as “big reactions to small problems” and we love to support cognitive and psychological flexibility in our work.
  • Motivation: ADHDers can struggle with motivation and the desire to complete a non-preferred task when there is no immediate perceived benefit.
  • Planning, Organization, Task Initiation, Goal Directed Task Persistence, and Problem Solving: Individuals with ADHD can struggle with all of these components. As a result, their daily routines can feel chaotic, and the ability to complete work in a timely manner can be a struggle.

At Spectrum Connections Therapy we prefer to identify these weaker Executive Functioning (EF) areas as “lagging skills”. We acknowledge and normalize the difficulties that individuals with ADHD can have with executive functioning. We use a skill building approach to help individuals learn to fill in the EF gaps, and to better manage their ADHD symptoms so they can learn to thrive and not just survive. We are comfortable working with other mental health conditions that can show up with ADHD such as Autism Spectrum, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Tic disorders, Tourette Syndrome, OCD, and Learning Disabilities. We love to partner with parents and schools to support any challenging behaviors that are impacting daily routines and the overall peace in your home. If you would like to hear more about how we can support you and your family, please reach out for a free 30-minute phone consultation.

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