in Massapequa & East Northport, NY

Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often encounter difficulties with focus, impulse control, and managing their energy levels. Our expert team of pediatric therapists is dedicated to helping children, teens, and young adults build the necessary skills to thrive despite the unique challenges associated with ADD and ADHD. We provide comprehensive care that addresses the specific needs of each child to support their development and improve their quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about these conditions, how they can impact your child, and how we can help.

What Is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common developmental condition that can affect a child’s ability to focus or regulate their behavior. Children with ADHD may exhibit constant movement, impulsive decision-making, and difficulty engaging in tasks that require sustained attention. Common signs and symptoms of ADHD can also include:

  • Frequent daydreaming
  • Forgetfulness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Trouble with social skills
  • Talking a lot

What Is ADD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is an outdated term used to describe “inattentive” ADHD. This simply means that the child has the same symptoms as with ADHD except for hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Children with ADD can struggle with paying attention, daydreaming, forgetfulness, and social skills. But instead of being hyperactive or impulsive, they may seem like they are shy or often lost in their own world.

What Causes ADD and ADHD?

The exact causes of these conditions are not fully understood, but researchers currently believe that genetics play a big role in the development of ADHD and ADD. Some possible risk factors for these conditions may include: 

  • Environmental risks like lead in water or paint
  • Maternal drug or alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Premature birth or low birth weight
  • Acquired or traumatic brain injury

How ADD and ADHD Can Affect Your Child's Development

ADD and ADHD can impact many aspects of a child’s development, including academic performance, social interactions, and emotional wellbeing. Challenges with completing tasks, following instructions, and maintaining relationships with peers are common with these conditions, which is why pediatric therapy is so vital to ensure your child has the skills they need to manage the symptoms of their condition for a lifetime of success. 

How Pediatric Therapy Helps Children with ADD and ADHD

At Sensational Development, our pediatric therapists conduct thorough evaluations to understand each child’s unique strengths and challenges. Pediatric occupational therapy can help children manage ADD and ADHD symptoms by giving them the support they need to improve their cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral skills. We utilize a sensory integration approach as needed to help children who struggle with sensory input such as bright lights, loud noises, or other sensory input that can be distracting. With routine therapy, we can help your child improve their: 

  • Attention and focus
  • Memory
  • Emotional regulation
  • Behavioral regulation
  • Social skills
  • And more

Schedule an Appointment Today

f your child is facing challenges associated with ADD or ADHD, help them take the first step toward a brighter future. Call Sensational Development at (516) 799-2900 to schedule an evaluation, and let our pediatric therapists work with you and your child to support their developmental journey for a sensational future.