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How Occupational Therapy Can Address Your Child's ADHD

The world sees your ADHD child as hyperactive, inattentive, and disruptive. But you see beyond that — and so do we.

At Little Wonders Pediatric Therapy, we see the immense potential in children with ADHD, and our philosophy is to approach your child’s unique and specific needs with an anatomical, physiological approach that works in tandem with counseling efforts. We use various forms of occupational therapy to help them develop the life skills that they need to succeed in school and life and bring a new sense of calm and order to your home.

Here’s how occupational therapy can help your child with ADHD.

Motor skill development

As many as 50% of children diagnosed with ADHD also struggle with the development of their motor skills. That’s not surprising when you understand that your child’s ADHD brain processes information more slowly than others because the neurotransmitters have trouble transporting messages. 

One of the most effective ways to counteract this and help your child’s brain speed up its processing abilities is to improve balance. We work with your child to increase their critical balance skills, an activity that calls into action both sides of the brain and therefore decreases impulsive behavior. 

Sensory processing

If your child is hypersensitive to sounds — whether they’re minor like the hum of the dishwasher running or major like thunder — they can cause your child to react negatively. Your child may run and hide, or scream in terror. On the other hand, some children with ADHD are drawn to sound and seem to crave it. They may have similar responses to sights, movements, and things they touch.

Occupational therapy can help them reorganize their sensory system so that they can cope with these everyday experiences without anxiety. Depending on the situation, we may use weighted blankets, rhythmic motions, various textures, and listening exercises to retrain their senses.

Speech development

Lagging speech and language skills often go hand in hand with ADHD. You may notice slurred words, fast-talking, or underdeveloped pronunciation abilities. That’s because when your child has ADHD, the frontal lobe region of their brain is affected, and that’s also the part that’s responsible for speech.

Our team can help your child slow down their speech patterns through exercises such as drawing long, slow, wavy lines while speaking. We engage your child in a variety of activities that address their cognitive impulsivity. This not only helps them catch up to other children at their age level, but also helps them communicate more effectively, which significantly reduces their stress level — and yours.

Organizational skills

If your child has ADHD, you know full well the challenges with organization and time management. These problems inevitably lead to lost or forgotten homework, the inability to get ready for school on time, and eventually poor academic performance. 

Occupational therapy can help your child learn to focus better, plan, and perform multi-step tasks. We have fun, creative activities that keep your child engaged and on task, so they develop skills that can be transferred to the classroom and at home. These exercises have been shown to decrease the symptoms in some kids with ADHD and increase their academic abilities. 

Our team of occupational and speech therapists builds a relationship with your child based on trust and respect. Our extensive background in helping ADHD children improve their quality of life and attain a sense of peace and calm, gives parents confidence in our treatment plans and proven outcomes. 

If your child has ADHD and you’ve tried other ways to cope, give us a call to schedule an appointment. Through occupational therapy, we can help your child achieve better cognitive skills, improve their coordination, overcome developmental delays, enhance their social interactions, and help them do better in school. 

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