Diagnosing and Treating ADHD and Comorbidity Conditions in Preschoolers
Thursday October 4, 2018 12:00-1:00 PM ET
Featuring: Dr. Vera Joffe, PhD
Vera Joffe, Ph.D., ABPP is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Licensed in FL and in NY. She is also Certified as a Therapist in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapist).
The presence of mental health disorders in preschool children, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD has been documented more frequently in the past 10 years (Luby, 2017). Although pediatricians usually screen children for symptoms of ADHD and autism, parents usually report that it is only one to two years after they have reported to their pediatricians that their children were having symptoms of anxiety that evaluation and treatment actually started.
This webinar will present a review of evidence of early diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders. A review of instruments for diagnosis as well as empirically-based treatments for early age presentation of symptoms will be offered. The need to educate the public in general and other health care providers of the advantages of diagnosing and treating children early in life to help prevent more severe and impairing conditions from developing will be discussed.
1. Describe early signs of ADHD and of other mental health disorders in young children
2. Present tools for early screening and assessment of ADHD in young children, including comorbid disorders.
3. Present empirically-based treatment protocols to treat young children with mental health disorders, such as anxiety, selective mutism, ADHD, oppositional defiance disorder, and mood disorders.
4. Discuss the importance of early screening, diagnosis, and empirically-based treatment for young children with ADHD and comorbid disorders.
5. Implications of later diagnosis and treatment will be discussed, such as the higher likelihood of more severity, chronicity, and the higher presence of comorbidity when children are diagnosed and treated later in life for mental health disorders.
Intermediary to Advanced
This webinar is eligible for 1 CE/ Credit Hour.