ADHD Treatment Programs and Centers for Teens

Teen ADHD Treatment Programs utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches to help teens who struggle with ADHD and other learning issues.  academic programming at rtc

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Helping teens with ADHD presents its own unique set of challenges because many teenagers are embarrassed by their diagnosis and think they should have their symptoms “under control” by now.

Solstice West, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-17, uses a strengths-based approach with a positive milieu, allowing teens to see that their differences are not deficits but actually make them who they are. Solstice West embraces the needs that an ADHD student brings by offering small class sizes and one by one executive functioning coaching to help our students focus and learn new techniques that will support their learning style.

Because many students have not found academic or social success because of their ADHD, it is important to process any negative core beliefs through individual, group, and family therapy. Solstice West provides all these approaches and more when it comes to therapeutic interventions for teens struggling with ADHD. Solstice West believes in the success of each and every student, helping them to become empowered young women that have the skills they need to move forward with their lives.

Causes of ADHD in teens

While researchers are not certain of the cause of ADHD, they have been able to identify factors that may be connected to the development of ADHD. These include: 

  • Genetics: ADHD often runs in families.
  • Environment: Environmental factors such as food additives, pesticides, and lead exposure can all play in a role in developing ADHD.
  • Developmental: Issues with the central nervous system at key moments in development may increase risk. This is also true for traumatic brain injuries.

Many parents have questions about whether or not external factors including diet and screen time cause ADHD. There has not been a definitive link between diet/screen time and ADHD being caused, but these have been shown as effective ways to manage ADHD symptoms. For example, setting reasonable limits on sugar intake and screen time usage have shown a reduction in negative ADHD symptoms. So while these factors are not causes to the onset of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, they can certainly impact ADHD teens and the associated symptoms. This is one of the reasons that a holistic approach is very effective for teens with ADHD.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in teens

To be diagnosed with ADHD, someone needs to show a persistent pattern of symptoms that interfere with daily life. The symptoms are divided into two groups: inattention and hyperactivity. Here are some of what can be seen with each:

Inattention Type:

Hyperactivity/Impulsivity Type:

  • Talks excessively
  • Fidgets
  • Acting before thinking
  • Feels restless (in children/teens, can show up as running around or climbing on things when not appropriate)
  • Impatience

There is also a combined type of ADHD, meaning that symptoms can pull from both of the above lists. We commonly think of ADHD as showing up for teenagers in an academic setting, but ADHD can impact social and family relationships just as much. Risk-taking behaviors are more prevalent with teens that have ADHD, and therefore the consequences of those actions are also seen more often in this population. This can include substance use, reckless/distracted driving, and promiscuity.  

Teen ADHD Treatments

ADHD requires a comprehensive approach that some describe as “multimodal”, meaning that multiple modalities are utilized to increase the effectiveness of treatment (versus if a single modality were the focus). Using this approach allows for interventions that build upon themselves, resulting in treatment that is greater than the sum of the separate effects a form of synergy. This is one of the reasons that Solstice West uses a multidisciplinary treatment team: representatives from the student’s academic, therapeutic, social, and medical spheres are meet weekly to discuss her progress and how the team can be the most effective in helping her address her ADHD and other issues. therapy for troubled youth

Family therapy is an important treatment for teens with ADHD because it provides a space to create new patterns and strategies, as well as heal old family wounds. This helps parents understand how they can support their teen while helping teens develop empathy and learn how to effective communicate.

Two options that parents can elect to pursue at Solstice West are medication management and neurofeedback. With a triple board certified psychiatrist on the clinical team, all medication decisions will be a part of the holistic approach and comprehensive plan designed specifically for each client. Neurofeedback is another helpful option as well. Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that has been shown effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.  

Solstice West has seen how effective some of the smaller changes can have with students struggling from ADHD. By having daily mindfulness, a balanced diet, and a structured weekly schedule in place, students are grounded, nourished, and can know what to expect while they are growing and healing at Solstice West.

Finding Help for ADHD at Solstice West

At Solstice West, we provide exceptional therapeutic programming for teens dealing with ADHD. We utilize a wide range of modalities in order to find the right fit for each student, and the modalities we offer are evidence based, meaning we strive to offer the highest level of quality and effectiveness when it comes to the types of therapy and interventions we use.  

Our relationship-based approach is at the foundation of all treatment decisions when working with teens that have {diagnosis}. Developing healthy and trusting relationships with the clinical team is crucial, and this starts by having talented clinicians that embody our relationship-based approach. Our therapists are not only highly skilled, trained, and educated, but also kind, compassionate individuals that are easy to connect with.

At Solstice West, we also have a trauma focused program. This describes the lens by which we view issues coming up for each student. It changes the question from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?”. This powerful shift in perspective leads to a more empowering, person-centered focus. This approach is also one of the reasons we have our cutting edge multidisciplinary treatment team. With representatives from therapeutics, academics, residential/milieu, psychiatry, and medical departments, each that have direct and individual relationships with your teen, meet on a weekly basis to discuss how we are effective approaching and treating her ADHD. This collaboration allows us to provide individual and holistic care for each student.

In keeping with this whole person and client-centered focus, we provide individual, group, and family therapy every week to address the issues that ADHD brings up. Each students gets upwards of 3 hours of individual and family therapy per week. We can customize the amount of each depending on what the specific needs are for that student in a given week. In addition to individual and family therapy, Solstice West also provides 12-15 hours of group therapy led by our licensed clinicians. These groups include process groups, psychoeducational groups, and speciality groups which are designed to address specific concerns that come up for groups of students, including ADHD. Learn more about our Therapeutic Approach at Solstice West>>>

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