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Understanding ADHD/ADD:
Supporting Children for Success

At Redwood Psychology, we recognize the significance of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD) and its impact on children's lives. Our specialized programs focus on understanding and supporting children with ADHD/ADD to empower them in navigating their unique challenges.

What is ADHD/ADD?

ADHD/ADD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties in sustaining attention, controlling impulses, and managing hyperactivity. Children with ADHD/ADD may exhibit varying degrees of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can significantly affect their daily functioning.

Importance of Addressing ADHD/ADD

Understanding and addressing ADHD/ADD is crucial for several reasons:

  • Academic Success: Children with untreated ADHD/ADD may struggle academically due to inattention or impulsivity, impacting their ability to focus and learn effectively.

  • Social Interactions: Challenges in managing impulses or hyperactivity may affect social relationships, leading to difficulties in forming friendships or engaging in group activities.

  • Self-Esteem and Well-being: Untreated ADHD/ADD can impact a child's self-esteem, causing frustration and feelings of inadequacy due to struggles in meeting expectations.

  • Family Dynamics: Challenges associated with ADHD/ADD can affect family dynamics and relationships, leading to stress or misunderstandings within the family unit.


Our Approach to Supporting Children with ADHD/ADD

At Redwood Psychology, our team employs evidence-based strategies and personalized interventions to support children with ADHD/ADD. We focus on:

  • Behavioral Interventions: Implementing behaviour modification strategies to manage impulsivity and improve attention.

  • Executive Functioning Support: Enhancing organizational skills, time management, and planning abilities.

  • Family Involvement: Collaborating closely with families to provide guidance and support.



The distinction between ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) lies primarily in the presence or absence of hyperactivity.


  • ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder): Individuals with ADHD exhibit symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity. They may have difficulty sustaining attention, being overly active, and acting impulsively.

  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder): ADD is an outdated term no longer officially used in the diagnostic criteria. Historically, it referred to individuals predominantly experiencing symptoms of inattention without the hyperactivity component.


Treatment with Psychotherapy and Non-Medication Interventions:


  • Psychotherapy for ADHD/ADD:

    • Behavioural Therapy: This approach focuses on modifying behaviours associated with ADHD/ADD, providing strategies to improve attention, organisation, and impulse control.

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): CBT helps individuals identify negative thought patterns and develop coping strategies to manage symptoms, improving problem-solving skills and emotional regulation.


  • Non-Medication Interventions:

    • Behavioural Interventions: Implementing structure, routines, and behavioural strategies to manage symptoms.

    • Parent Training: Educating parents on effective parenting techniques and strategies to support their child's behaviour and development.

    • Educational Interventions: Providing accommodations and modifications in educational settings to support learning and attention.

    • Lifestyle Modifications: Emphasising healthy lifestyle habits, such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a balanced diet, which can positively impact symptoms.

  • Combined Approaches:

    • Psychotherapy and non-medication interventions are often utilised as standalone treatments or in conjunction with medication-based treatments. They can significantly improve symptoms, enhance coping strategies, and assist individuals in managing the challenges associated with ADHD/ADD.


  • Redwood Psychology's Approach:

    • At Redwood Psychology, we adopt a holistic approach, offering comprehensive assessments and personalised interventions for individuals with ADHD/ADD. Our specialised programs focus on a combination of psychotherapy, behavioural interventions, and non-medication strategies to support and empower children, adolescents, and families by providing them with the tools and strategies necessary to manage ADHD/ADD symptoms effectively to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.


Contact us today to explore how our tailored interventions can assist individuals with ADHD/ADD in developing coping mechanisms and improving their overall quality of life.

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