Attention deficit disorder (ADD)

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are neurodevelopmental disorders that affect both children and adults. Individuals with these disorders may have difficulty with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While these conditions are often diagnosed during childhood, they can persist into adulthood and impact daily life.

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a subtype of ADHD, and the main difference is the presence of hyperactivity. Individuals with ADHD experience symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity, while those with ADD primarily struggle with inattention. Both conditions can make it challenging to focus, complete tasks, and manage time.

Occupational therapy can play an important role in supporting individuals with ADD and ADHD. Therapists work with patients to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies to improve their executive functioning skills, such as organization, planning, and time management. They may also work on sensory integration techniques to help individuals manage sensory processing challenges that can contribute to hyperactivity and distractibility.

Therapists can also help individuals develop coping mechanisms and social skills to improve their relationships with others. This can include teaching effective communication strategies and problem-solving techniques.

Occupational therapy can also address the physical challenges associated with ADHD, such as poor handwriting and coordination difficulties. Therapists can work with patients to improve their fine and gross motor skills, coordination, and balance.

At Berlin Medical & Neurological Rehabilitation Center, our occupational therapists are trained to provide individualized therapy to meet the specific needs of each patient with ADD or ADHD. Our goal is to help patients improve their ability to function independently in their daily lives and achieve their full potential. If you or a loved one is struggling with ADD or ADHD, contact us to learn more about how occupational therapy can help.