It was once thought by professionals and parents alike that children and teens affected by ADHD would eventually grow out of the disorder. Even the former name of ADHD, “hyperkinetic disorder of childhood,” gave the impression that this was an age-limited condition. But by the mid-1990s, we understood that the majority of children diagnosed with ADHD would continue to experience ADHD symptoms well into adulthood.
As stated in Child Mind Institute, “ADHD symptoms change as children get older, and it’s estimated that about a third of children who are diagnosed with the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder will no longer meet the criteria by the time they reach young adulthood.”
This means the majority of children with ADHD carry their symptoms into adulthood. For a child with ADHD, task completion may be difficult. This may result in homework taking hours, family arguments, and failure at school. If this cognitive skill is not developed in childhood and is carried into adulthood, it can lead to stress, poor performance at work, or even job loss.
Additude Magazine recently published survey results in their article, “Hyperactivity Doesn’t Stop in Childhood.” Many respondents stated that if their life-long hyperactivity is managed, then it can enhance their productivity and creativity. However hyperactivity often continues to worsen their social skills and anxiety.
One respondent states, “I’m a late-diagnosed, 33-year-old woman, and it mostly affects my thoughts and conversations as opposed to actions and activity level. It’s always been that way for me and hasn’t improved as I’ve gotten older. I find it difficult to follow conversations, pay attention in meetings, read books, or sit still during movies. I’ll say something I didn’t mean, or I’ll over-analyze situations.” – Heidi, North Carolina
However, there is hope. We know through neuroplasticity that the brain can learn new skills despite its current wiring. We know that age is not a factor and labels (like ADHD or Autism) are not a factor. If you are provided with the right challenge and immediate feedback, your brain can create these new neural pathways whether you are 6 years old or 86 years old.
Play Attention will customize a neurocognitive training plan that will help you develop the core cognitive skills that lay the foundation for strong executive function. You can develop these vital skills whether you are a child, teen or adult. With Play Attention not only will you have a fully customized plan, you will also be assigned a personal executive function coach to guide you every step of the way.
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There may not be a “cure” for ADHD but you can make a plan of action to learn how to manage your ADHD symptoms, strengthen executive function, and achieve success.