I coach parents of children with attention deficit or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, equipping them with effective and successful parenting strategies that will help them understand their child's behavior.
It is normal for young children to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive at times – but for children with ADD/ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often. To be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, a child should exhibit symptoms for 6 or more months and to a greater degree than other children their same age. In general, ADD/ADHD, if not treated, can have a significant negative effect on school performance and interpersonal relationships. In addition, parents of children with ADD/ADHD are often exhausted and frustrated; ADD/ADHD can be the cause of much stress in a family. Every child suspected of having ADD/ADHD deserves careful evaluation.
ADD/ADHD is a chronic condition. Half of the children diagnosed will continue to have trouble paying attention or act impulsively as adults. However, with the help of medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral training, individuals (children and adults) can learn to manage their symptoms and lead productive lives. Children with ADD/ADHD require extra guidance and understanding from their parents and educators. However, by the time a child is diagnosed, feelings of blame, frustration, even anger may have built up within a family or classroom environment. Parents may need to participate in parenting therapy or anger management therapy in order to develop new skills, attitudes, and ways of relating to a child with ADD/ADHD via ADD/ADHD Parent Coaching. We provide services to clients in the Sioux Falls, Brandon, and Harrisburg areas.
I can educate parents about aspects of these diagnoses that will help them understand their child's behavior. In addition, I am able to equip parents with parenting skills that work and will foster a healthy and more positive relationship with your child.
Contact Kristy Eckhoff-Speck - Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, QMHP, LPC-MH at Maximum Health LLC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at (605) 306-5458