Heber Valley Pediatrics

Pediatrics & Behavioral Health located in Heber City, UT

If your child has difficulty concentrating, lacks focus, and is struggling in school, they could have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). David Larson, MD, FAAP, of Heber Valley Pediatrics in Heber City, Utah, specializes in behavioral conditions, including ADHD. For a holistic, expert approach to your child's symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online with his office today.


What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?


ADHD is a cognitive and behavioral condition where a child cannot stay focused and has difficulty sitting still and completing tasks. Typically, children with ADHD struggle with impulsivity that is inconsistent with their age. Most diagnoses occur by the age of 12, but many children have ADHD symptoms well into adulthood.


It's not clear what causes ADHD, but there appear to be some links between this disorder and children who have had:


  • Traumatic birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Poor nutrition 
  • Developmental delays
  • Family history of ADHD
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Overexposure to screens at an early age
  • Maternal use of drugs during pregnancy


However, in most cases, the cause of ADHD is unknown. 

Often, ADHD appears more prominent once a child starts school because it can make learning and adapting to social situations difficult. ADHD can lead to learning delays, anxiety, and poor self-esteem. For school-age and older children, their symptoms may prevent them from forming strong friendships and make family relationships difficult.


What are the symptoms of ADHD?


It's not uncommon for a young child to struggle with sitting still or staying focused. The distinction with ADHD is that they continue to have extreme difficulty with focus and control as they get older.


The symptoms of ADHD include inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive behaviors, such as:


  • Lacking attention when spoken to
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Difficulty focusing or completing tasks
  • Forgetfulness or being easily distracted
  • Frequent fidgeting or restlessness
  • Becoming bored easily 
  • Talking fast and interrupting often
  • Constant movements, such as running and climbing
  • Difficulty sitting still


If you feel your child may have ADHD, Dr. Larson evaluates your child using a scientific assessment tool that he completes in the office. If your child has ADHD, he creates a plan of care that equips and empowers your child to succeed despite the diagnosis.


What are the treatments for ADHD?


While there isn't a cure for ADHD, treatment focuses on helping both you and your child cope with their symptoms. Interventions serve to teach coping mechanisms for stressful situations, decrease stimulation, prevent injury, and equip your child to deal with impulsive behaviors.


Your child's treatment plan may also include: 


  • Medications
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Family therapy 
  • Environmental and lifestyle changes
  • School cooperation


Dr. Larson works closely with you and your child to create a treatment plan that works well and gives you resources for managing ADHD throughout their childhood.


For an expert ADHD assessment and management plan, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Heber Valley Pediatrics today.