Pediatrician located in Henrico, VA


ADHD offered in Henrico, VA

If your child is having trouble focusing at school, completing tasks, and sitting still, these could be signs of ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. At ADM Parham Pediatrics in Henrico, Virginia, board-certified pediatrician Usama Samman, MBBCH, MD, FAAP, evaluates your child’s symptoms and, if diagnosed with ADHD, offers treatment in the form of behavioral counseling and medication. Call today if you’re concerned that your child could have ADHD and set up an appointment or use the online tool to schedule.


What is ADHD?

ADHD is a brain disorder that makes it hard for a person to sit quietly and follow instructions. ADHD develops in response to environmental issues, genetics, and developmental factors. 

Approximately 11% of school-age children have ADHD. The condition can sometimes continue into adulthood. 

What causes ADHD?

Exactly why some children develop ADHD isn’t fully understood. Researchers believe it’s due to a combination of factors, including: 

  • Premature birth
  • A blood relative with the disorder
  • Maternal substance use
  • Environmental toxin exposure

None of these factors directly cause ADHD but can increase a child’s risk of developing it.

What symptoms suggest my child has ADHD?

If your child regularly demonstrates inattention, distractibility, and impulsivity, it could be a sign of ADHD. Hyperactivity is also sometimes a sign of the disorder.

Consider having your child evaluated for ADHD if you observe patterns of:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Trouble with organization
  • Avoidance of any task that requires focus
  • Inability to follow instructions
  • Fidgeting or squirming
  • Interruption of others when they’re talking

Children with ADHD often have “trouble” in school or may experience learning disabilities alongside the disorder.

How does a pediatrician diagnose ADHD?

Dr. Samman thoroughly reviews your child’s health history and performs a thorough physical exam. He’ll rule out other possible health problems, like hearing or vision issues, to ensure they’re not the reason for your child’s behavior.

The doctor also discusses your child’s behavior with you, other caregivers, and teachers. After gathering all this information, he can confidently diagnose your child.

What treatments are available for ADHD?

Dr. Samman offers medications to help control your child’s symptoms when necessary. He continually monitors dosage and any side effects to get just the right prescription for your child. The type and dosing of medications may change many times while settling on what’s right for the patient.

You’ll also be encouraged to enroll your child in behavioral therapy. Some children also benefit from family therapy and psychotherapy to help with behavior management.

If you’re concerned that your child has ADHD, consult the team at ADM Parham Pediatrics today. Call the office or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.