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ADHD and the Importance of Early Intervention

Early intervention in the context of ADHD and focusing challenges is pretty much what it sounds like – providing behavioural support and strategies early on in development (e.g. before the age of six), in anticipation of potential difficulties down the line.

We’re not talking about a diagnosis or label here – we’re just talking about helping families identify strengths and challenges in their children early, and taking steps to avoid potential secondary effects. We’ve talked before about early interventions with respect to assessments in our post At what age should I have an ADHD assessment for my child?, where we talked about psycho-educational testing for children as young as two-and-a-half.

What we’re talking about here is more than that. At Springboard Clinic, we’ve been putting more and more emphasis on early interventions with respect to the treatment side of things, such as working directly with parents, both in individual and group settings, and a type of “play therapy” called Watch, Wait, and Wonder.

Check out the video below, part of a documentary series Raising of America, that highlights the importance of early childhood education.

The more we understand about brain development, the more we will truly understand the importance of working with our children and investing in them early, rather than wait until problems pop up as they get older.

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