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ADHD & Behavioral Problems

Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral problems may be regularly distracted, impulsive, disruptive and sometimes aggressive and oppositional. They may experience difficulties getting along with others, or following directions at school and /or home. Our treatments target the source of the problematic behavior to help improve school performance as well as relationships with family and peers. 

We Can Help

Not sure about what your child is experiencing? Give us a call: 305-348-0477.

Programs & Services

Our treatments target the source of problematic behavior to help improve school performance as well as relationships with family and peers. 

  • Advancing Child Competencies by Extending Supported Services (ACCESS) — Online treatment for families to learn more about their child’s behavior from the comfort of their own home (For children aging out of Early Steps). For more information, call 305-348-7836.

  • After-School Treatment Program — Daily after-school program designed for children at-risk for attention, behavior and academic problems (available at Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School). For more information, call 305-552-7122 ext. 2142 or email atpfiu@gmail.com

  • ATLAS Project — Program that helps teens with ADHD build the skills they need to make the best decisions when facing tough issues and common challenges with relationships, school, alcohol or other drugs, and more (ages 12-16). For more information, call 305-348-3891 or click here to provide your contact information.

  • Individual Treatment — Tailored treatment that meets your child or your family’s needs. Call 305-348-0477 or email ccf@fiu.edu for more information.

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) — A treatment program for parents of children ages 2-7 with behavioral problems (e.g., aggression, non-compliance, defiance, and temper tantrums) that focuses on promoting positive parent-child relationship and teaches parents effective child management skills. For more information, call 305-348-0477.

  • Parenting Strategies Group — Weekly parenting classes where children participate in social skills groups while parents work together to learn behavior management techniques and solve problems. This program helps parents promote positive changes in their children’s home and school behavior. Sessions in Spanish are also available (ages 5-11). For more information, call 305-348-0477.

  • Psycho-educational Evaluations — Low-cost evaluations for families with children ages 5-16 to help with diagnostic status and educational planning. The evaluation includes a diagnostic clinical interview with the parent, rating scales, IQ testing, academic achievement testing and more. Parents receive a detailed report and diagnostic feedback, as well as recommendations for further testing or intervention. For more information, call 305-348-0477.

  • Saturday Treatment Program — Expanded Parenting Strategies program that includes recreational sports activities for participating children. For more information, call 305-348-0477.

  • School Intervention — Consultation meetings with a child’s school staff and parents to develop individualized interventions for school-based problems. For more information, call 305-348-0477.

  • Summer Academy in Liberty City — Comprehensive school readiness program for children with moderate to severe learning and behavioral needs, and their families, who are transitioning into kindergarten. The program takes place in Liberty City at Thena Crowder Early Childhood Diagnostic and Special Education Center. For more information, please call  305-348-8231.

  • Summer Treatment Program (STP) — Nationally acclaimed summer camp for children with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges(ages 5-12). For more information, call 305-348-0477.

  • Summer Treatment Program PreK (STP PreK) — Comprehensive school readiness program for children entering kindergarten with behavior problems. For more information, please call 305-348-1833.

  • Supporting Teens Academic Needs Daily (STAND) — Family-based program that teaches parents and adolescents to work together to set academic goals and to reinforce success on these goals through a comprehensive home privilege program (ages 11-17). For more information, call 305-348-4682.

 

Some of these clinical programs may offer research opportunities to help us advance the way we treat child mental health problems. You can choose not to participate in the research opportunities.

Diagnosis Information

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    Inattention

    • Overlooks details or makes careless mistakes 
    • Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to directly 
    • Can’t follow through on instructions; fails to finish tasks 
    • Trouble sustaining attention in tasks or play activities 
    • Difficulty organizing tasks and activities 
    • Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, books) 
    • Easily distracted
    • Forgetful in daily activities

    Hyperactivity

    • Leaves seat in classroom or in similar situations 
    • Fidgets with hands or feet; squirms in seat 
    • Runs or climbs excessively when it is inappropriate (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions; in adolescents, may be feelings of restlessness) 
    • Difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities 
    • Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort quietly (such as schoolwork or homework) 
    • Always "on the go" or acts as if "driven by a motor" 
    • Often talks excessively

    Impulsivity

    • Blurts out answers before questions completed
    • Experiences difficulty awaiting turn
    • Interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)
  • Conduct Disorder (CD)
    Conduct Disorder (CD) is defined as a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which children or adolescents violate rules and the basic rights of others. Symptoms may include:

     

    • Aggression to people and animals (e.g., bullies, threatens or intimidates others)
    • Destruction of property (e.g., deliberately breaking other’s possessions)
    • Deceitfulness or theft
    • Serious violations of rules (e.g., staying out at night past curfew; truant from school)
    • Lack of remorse or guilt
    • Lack of emotional expression
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is defined as a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness lasting at least six months. Symptoms may include:

     

    • Loses temper
    • Touchy or easily annoyed by others
    • Angry and resentful
    • Argues with adults or people in authority
    • Actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules
    • Deliberately annoys people
    • Blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
    • Spiteful or vindictive
    • Shown spiteful or vindictive behavior at least twice in the past six months