Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) - Clinical Services
The division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics does not provide care to children whose main problem is AD/HD. Rather, we support community primary care providers or link families with other providers in the community who treat AD/HD. We do, however, treat children who have AD/HD in combination with other developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and Cerebral Palsy.
Kirch Developmental Services Center
Many children with AD/HD and a significant developmental disability benefit from seeing specialists in childhood developmental disabilities. Our Kirch Center programs provide evaluation and treatment of the common health and behavior concerns associated with developmental disabilities. Our physicians and nurse practitioners can help families with behavioral support, developmental monitoring, and treatment of health conditions. Our information and referral service provides families with resources to help their child. Our social work team can help families with community supports, financial issues and family relationship challenges. Our nutritionists can help look at whether a child is getting the right amount of food and nutrients.
Crisis Intervention Program
Our crisis intervention program provides services to individuals with ASD living in Monroe County with significant behavioral difficulties
Behavior Interventions for Families:
The BIFF program is for children with AD/HD or other developmental disorders who have challenging behavior such as tantrums, feeding or sleeping problems, and poor following directions. Goals of the program are to teach families ways to prevent bad behavior, increase the frequency of positive behavior, and teach the child skills required to behave in a desirable way. This generally involves weekly meetings between the caregivers and our behavior specialist for 6-14 weeks.
Because of the medical and behavioral issues common in AD/HD, children often need the care of other specialists. The Kirch clinical team works closely with the following specialists to make sure each child’s needs are met.
Pediatric Sleep Medicine
Many children with AD/HD have sleep problems, which can impact daytime behavior, learning, and overall health and functioning. Pediatric trained specialists in the Pediatric sleep medicine service can evaluate and treat these sleep problems.
Child neurology provides treatment to children with primary AD/HD. We frequently refer children whose AD/HD is severe and is their primary problem to child neurology.