How Does Frequently Moving Affect Children?

When children are born, they begin observing their surroundings and learning how to manage interactions with the world. The environment created by parents for their children and the techniques they use to raise them helps shape the kind of adult they will grow to become. Children require a safe, nurturing, and stable household. Nevertheless, these requisites can be challenging to provide for some parents and can leave lasting effects on their children.

Stability is the keyword here, meaning that kids will generally know what to expect from their day-to-day activities. It also means they feel secure in their relationships, health, and safety. Destabilization can occur for a variety of reasons. Parents might experience turbulence in their marriage and separation or divorce. Financial concerns could become known and passed onto the child as a significant stressor. Sudden and frequent changes in routine can bring about great uncertainty. There are more examples, but perhaps the most impactful is moving to a new home and school. Children of military personnel feel the brunt of these changes, which can be exacerbated by cultural changes experienced when moving to an entirely different country.

What’s the Research Say?

The effects that moving has on children can be complicated to determine. Studies that track families over many years are typically required to rule out other variables that may influence the findings. These other variables set aside, studies have found similarly conclusive results. According to the Institute for Family Studies, stress due to repeated transitions can undermine a child’s sense of control over their life. Parents may also feel this and begin to suffer from mental health issues, affecting their ability to parent and instill a sense of security and trust in the child’s life. In turn, the child may develop their own emotional, social, and academic deficits. Children can also experience learned helplessness, meaning that, as a result of prior stressful experiences, they come to accept and remain passive in negative situations that they have the power to change. The implications of this on future decision-making can be detrimental.

One study looking at the effects moving had on children found that moving two or more times before the age of two “was associated with increased internalizing behavior problems in children at age nine.” Internalizing behavior was characterized by withdrawal or depression, meaning that the moves resulted in negative mental health outcomes for the child during adolescence. The researchers hypothesize that this may suggest the first two years of a child’s life are particularly sensitive to residential mobility, although more research is needed.

In the short term, moving frequently can indeed cause children to have increased behavioral and academic problems. However, one group of researchers wanted to look at the longer-term effects of such life changes and evaluated 7,108 adults. Regardless of age, gender, and education level, the likelihood of reporting lower life satisfaction, psychological well-being, and quality social relationships during adulthood was higher in persons who frequently moved as a child. Researchers also discovered that introverts and those with neuroticism fared worse when it came to moving repeatedly. Persons who hold these personality traits tend to have a difficult time forming new relationships and managing stressful situations.

We’re in the Military

For children of military families, moving is nothing new. Some move every two to three years, whether it be to a new state or a different country. According to the Office of Policy Development and Research, these are some difficulties children have reported:

  • Increased family tensions
  • Separating from friends and teachers
  • Developing new friendships and student-teacher bonds
  • Learning and adapting to a new school and community
  • Getting accepted into extracurricular activities and social networks

These changes can be exceedingly difficult to adapt to and affect the child’s mental health. A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that military children aged 6-11 years old had an increased chance of mental health and outpatient visits due to moving in the past year. Similarly, children aged 12-17 experienced increased chances of mental outpatient visits, psychiatric hospitalizations, and emergency psychiatric visits.

Comforting the Kids  

There is a clear need to address the instability that children experience as a result of relocating. As a parent, there are a few things you can do. For example, be honest and clear about why the move was necessary. Spend time familiarizing them with the new area, get them involved with local activities, facilitate communication and visits with old friends, and encourage the child to participate in the moving process and designing their new room. There are optimal mental health programs that help develop stability and teach healthy coping mechanisms for children.


Children require a safe and stable environment to grow into healthy, functioning adults. Frequent disruptions in their environment and relationships can result in emotional, behavioral, and academic deficits that follow them into adulthood. Moving is a stressful and burdensome process, and multiple relocations during early childhood and adolescence are associated with increased psychiatric visits and hospitalizations. Some children may become withdrawn and depressed. Children in military families know this reality all too well and may move every two to three years on average. Leaving friends and family can be painful, but addressing these issues sooner rather than later can help children overcome these changes. If your family is experiencing this, consider Achieve Concierge as your go-to mental health service. We specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults for a range of mental health conditions. We are highly flexible and take a comprehensive approach with our patients. Call us today: (858) 221-0344.  

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Supporting Your LGBTQ Child

It’s Pride Month! June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Pride Month. For so many, it is a time of celebration—people spend the time dressing up and heading to parades or events held in their communities. It’s a time where communities come together to acknowledge the violent struggles and pay homage to the rights and respect that have been won due to hard work and lives lost by LGBTQ people, their families, friends, and allies. It’s when we all mobilize together to work for more justice, less stigma and for a world that does not put a person in danger nor does it prevent them from reaching their full potential because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

There is no doubt that we have come a long way when it comes to acceptance from society. Acceptance of the LGBTQ community continues to grow globally, but there’s always room for improvement. LGBTQ youth remain vulnerable to suicide, homelessness, and other negative outcomes. This is mainly because they lack acceptance from their parents or immediate loved ones. It’s been taught to us over and over again, parents play an extremely important role in the lives of their children. This stands true especially when a child becomes aware of who they are attracted to or whom they love, or if they feel themselves to be a male, female, or somewhere in between. The love and acceptance by those closest to you are critical to the health and success of any youth. Research shows that children whose parents belittle or shame them are more likely to battle depression or attempt suicide than those whose parents are supportive.  

Sometimes we just don’t know how to support our children, especially when it’s something that we know nothing about—that is normal. There are ways that you can help your child, to show them support and to fill their lives with acceptance no matter their sexual orientation or their gender identity. 

Lead With Love

For some, this comes naturally, but that’s not the case for every person. It could be due to long-held beliefs that may get in the way of being able to respond positively and supportively. What is so important to keep in mind at this moment is that as hard as it is for you to learn about your child’s sexual orientation or gender identity, it was probably so much harder for your child to come to you and tell you this information. Sometimes we are left speechless when we are given certain information, and that is okay. In those moments, when the right words seem challenging or unavailable, sometimes a hug can speak a thousand words.

Just Listen

Coming to you was probably one of the hardest things for your child to do. This is a great first step, but don’t pressure your child to talk about everything in that one moment. If you have a sense that they might want to talk, try open-ended questions, such as “what can I do to support you?” that opens the door for continued dialogue while also letting them know you’re here to support them.

Educate Yourself

As parents, we don’t know everything. There are situations where we lack the knowledge and maybe this is that situation. Take the time to educate yourself. Taking the time to learn about gender and sexual diversity is a great step that shows your child that you care. You don’t have to know everything, more than likely your child is still learning and looking for resources (chances are they probably scoured the internet endlessly,) ask your child if there is anything specific they aren’t sure about or that they would like you to learn more about. Learning the language is a great way to lead you and your child into having important and challenging conversations. Mistakes will be made and that’s okay, own it, apologize, and work harder to do better. This is new and it’s okay to be vulnerable and to not always get it right. 

Take Care of Yourself

You are not alone. There are more than eight million self-identified LGBTQ people in America and 8 in 10 people personally know someone who is LGBTQ. Reach out to supportive families and allies to help you as you continue to learn more about the LGBTQ community. When we reach out to those who understand, it can help us process our feelings and validate everything that we are feeling. 

Remember, when learning that your child is LGBTQ,  there is no one way to react. Whether it be happiness, relief, fear, guilt, sadness, or anger, each emotion that you feel is normal. 

This is a journey for both of you. Take time to process and explore your feelings. 

Showing your child or loved one acceptance and love is the most important thing we can do, especially when they share with us that they are LGBTQ. It’s okay to not have all the right answers when your child comes out to you. It’s okay to let them know that you don’t know much or anything about the LGBTQ community. Having an open and honest conversation allows us to be vulnerable while also showing that we are here to learn. June is a glorious month to start celebrating your LGBTQ child. Attend events with them, buy them that rainbow shirt from Target. Be their biggest and loudest advocate. If you’re not comfortable with that, shower them with hugs. This is a journey for both of you and your feelings and questions are valid. If you’re looking for more ways to support your LGBTQ loved ones, reach out to Achieve Concierge today. Call (858) 221-0344. 

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How Do I Talk About Suicide With My Child?

Talking to your child about suicide can feel scary, but it is essential and can be life-saving. Suicide is a public health crisis and occurs throughout the lifespan. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2018 suicide claimed the lives of 48,000 and was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34. 

One way we can prevent suicide is to start talking about it. Talk about it with your friends, family, spouses, and children. Many parents are wary about broaching such a serious topic. How do we talk about something so serious with someone who is so young, and still cognitively developing? Some parents feel as though if they talk about it with their children, they are exposing them to something that maybe the child will never know about or that if we talk about suicide, it can lead our children to suicide. After all, it is our responsibility as parents to protect our children from all the darkness. The reality is suicide can affect anyone. It can consume even our children, which is why we need to talk about it with our children. When we talk about suicide we are helping those dealing with thoughts of suicide understand that there is support and that they are not alone.

When Should I Talk to My Child?


If your child has been exposed to crisis and is traumatized, you should discuss with your child to give them a basic understanding of what has happened. The sooner we discuss the crisis with our child, the more we can help them to process their emotions and feelings and answer questions they may have. This also helps to eliminate them from obtaining misinformation, either from another person or social media. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents do not address tragedies to children under the age of eight years old unless the child has been exposed to suicide. For children younger than eight years of age, try your best to stick to the basics and encourage questions and feelings, accepting their reaction. 

For children ages 8 to 11, explain to the child that the act was caused by an illness such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. Give them detail that they will understand. This is also the time to let them know that these illnesses are treatable, but in some cases, they can become fatal. Again, encourage any questions they have and always validate their feelings. 

Older children usually have been exposed to suicide in some way or form. They may have heard it from other friends, TV shows, or even have known someone that knows some who attempted suicide. The older they are, the more direct you can be. 

What Should I Say?


Whenever you decide to discuss suicide with your child, pick a place that is private and safe for your child. This helps them feel comfortable freely speaking about such a sensitive topic. 

Keep it simple. Avoid using words that your child doesn’t understand and avoid details that may be too graphic. 

Encourage questions. If you don’t know the answer, let them know that you don’t know, but that you can both figure it out together. When we are open and honest with our children, it strengthens their trust within us. 

Answer your child’s questions without shame, judgment, or fear. Your feelings are valid, but if you’re angry, maybe it’s not the time to discuss it with your child. The act of suicide is often an attempt to control deep, painful emotions, not because they are selfish or weak. People who attempt or die from suicide are trying to end their suffering.

When speaking with teens, ask them what they already know about suicide. This way you can gather information and dispel any myths they may have heard. 

Teach your child the best ways to help support their friends and themselves if they become suicidal. Always remind them that help is available, give them names and direct resources. Let them know that if they do not feel comfortable talking to you, they can talk to their other parent, aunt, uncle, school counselor – whoever else. Remember to validate their feelings, never telling them that they’re “overreacting.”

Always keep in mind that the best time to speak with your child about suicide is before they are in a crisis. 


Suicide affects all people. It is not a brand or label, but a sign that an individual is suffering deeply and needs help. Many falsehoods can prevent individuals from receiving the help they need during these challenging times. The sooner we can discuss with our children the facts of suicide, the closer we are to breaking stigmas and debunking common myths associated with suicide. When this happens, we have a better chance at helping our children process and prevent their suicide. As a society, we should not be scared to speak up about suicide, mental health, or seeking treatment. It is time to work together to normalize talking about sensitive topics such as suicide. There are suicide hotlines, mental health support groups, and online resources available. Reach out to Achieve Medical Concierge today. We want to help you help yourself and your child during this difficult time. Call (858) 221-0344. 


Helping My Child With an Addiction Navigate Their Life

Most parents are willing to go to any lengths to protect their children from danger, injury, or illness. If you’re the parent of a child who’s struggling with an addiction, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to help them. As your child is battling this insidious disease, you may feel helpless, sad, and wracked by guilt. Watching your child struggle with addiction can also leave a parent desperately searching for a resource or assistance that could help, consumed by uncertainty over where to even begin looking. Here is a list of tips that can help you help your child with their addiction.

How You Can Help

Facing an addiction of any kind impacts not just the person affected, but their entire family as well. It can make you feel like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster, experiencing exhausting emotional highs and lows day after day. You may spend your days and nights riddled with worry, guilt, anger, and other negative emotions. It’s not uncommon for the parents of people with addictions to blame themselves or feel intense shame. As a parent, it is vital to develop healthy boundaries and coping mechanisms to preserve your own well-being. Although these boundaries may be hard to set and maintain, preserving your own mental fortitude can allow you to better help your child in the long run.

Maintain Open Communication

Addiction sometimes comes with maladaptive behaviors that can include manipulation and deceit. These behaviors can put a serious strain on your relationship with your child. A powerful way to combat these pitfalls is to establish open and assertive communication. Open communication can help create a safe place for your child to come to even when they may disappoint or upset you. If your child starts to show signs of addiction, do your best to ask open-ended questions, and stay away from judgmental language. Providing your child with a safe and judgment-free space can allow them to express their concerns, struggles, fears, and goals.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse also suggests parents try:

  • Displaying a sense of acceptance and understanding
  • Remaining engaged and focused
  • Being kind and respectful
  • Eliminating distractions
  • Focusing on and validating the good
  • Reducing negative and overly emotional reactions

Create and Reinforce Guidelines

Guidelines are a set of consistent rules. Try to set clear expectations of acceptable and unacceptable behaviors. Do this by creating a list of cause and effect statements, in the format “if (behavior) happens, then (action) takes place.” These do not need to be negative outcomes; avoid using threatening language such as “if you relapse, we are never helping you again.”

Remember, creating a space that only ends with a negative consequence is not creating a space that feels welcoming for the times that your child does mess up. Addiction and recovery come with a lot of ups and downs, and relapse may be a part of your child’s recovery path. Do your best to provide encouragement and help instead of adding to the negative feelings.

Encourage Positive Behaviors

Although it isn’t going to be easy to forget the mistakes or poor choices your child may make because of their addiction, do your best to acknowledge and praise all the positives. When we positively reinforce our child, we build a sense of teamwork while reducing conflict. Praising them can also encourage them to:

  • Engage in healthy activities
  • Persevere through challenges
  • Create a space that is open and safe
  • Utilize positive coping skills
  • Build their self-confidence

Set Clear Boundaries

After you set your guidelines, it’s important to set non-negotiable boundaries, such as what you will and will not do for your child. Addiction can cause a person to test boundaries, making it crucial to be consistent and firm. Here are a few questions to consider when establishing your boundaries:

  • How do you expect to be treated by your child?
  • What are you willing to sacrifice for your child?
  • Are you willing to sacrifice your morals for your child?
  • Will you enable your child during their addiction?
  • What level of substance abuse are you willing to accept?
  • Can you accept when they relapse?

Practice Self-Care

This is going to be a battle, one that you may not think that you are capable of handling your role in it. You must practice self-care when helping your child with their addiction. Focus on yourself, take time for yourself, and make yourself a priority. The amount of stress and heartbreak you are going to endure can cause burnout, leaving you in a space that isn’t beneficial for anyone.

As a parent, you’ll go to great lengths to keep your child safe and healthy, through sickness and pain alike. Addiction is a dangerous disease that must be treated just as seriously as any chronic illness. The journey of addiction and recovery can be demanding and exhausting for your child and their entire family. Maintaining expectations, setting firm boundaries, and having open communication can all help you and your family as you work to overcome the disease of addiction. Professional treatment is highly recommended for your child and the entire family unit. At Achieve Concierge, we’re ready to work with you on a personalized level to provide the answers and resources your family needs. Participating in a family program can help with feelings of anger and stress while also providing realistic expectations for recovery. If you are looking to help your child or yourself with addiction, reach out to Achieve Concierge today at (858) 221-0344.


Talking to Your Kids About Addiction, Recovery, and Your Past

It’s tough to be vulnerable, especially with the people that you are supposed to protect. Many parents in recovery struggle to talk to their children about addiction; whether it be explaining why they have to leave for treatment, or discussing uncomfortable parts of their past that occurred while they were drinking and using. As a parent, you may also worry about how your addiction and recovery could affect your children, both now and in the long run.

Children who grow up in the presence of parental substance abuse are often confused, scared, and uncertain about the things they see happening around them. Some parents feel like it’s better to keep their children in the dark to protect them from the pain and ugliness that comes with addiction. This approach can leave children feeling insecure and distrustful of their caregivers. Avoiding difficult conversations with your children on topics like addiction may lead them to develop destructive beliefs, such as that household chaos is their fault or that they can fix it. Children may also experience overwhelming feelings of shame surrounding their family’s secrets or perceived brokenness.

Although talking to your kids about addiction may be uncomfortable, it can have tremendous short-term and long-term benefits. Choosing to ignore the issue or pretend that it doesn’t exist is likely to lead only to negative consequences, and won’t protect your child from the pain and turmoil that arise from addiction. You may be surprised by how much your child already knows about addiction in your household. Your addiction has already impacted your children; talking openly about addiction can help them find healthier ways to cope and process the trauma they are experiencing. 

Educate Yourself and Invest in Your Relationship

Before you have a conversation with your child about their parent’s addiction, be sure to educate yourself. It’s important to make sure that the information you’re sharing is both accurate and age-appropriate. For instance, children under the age of 10 often still view the world from a self-centered perspective. They may tend to blame themselves or believe that their parents are behaving a certain way because of something they did. They might think, “Maybe if I did better in school (or didn’t misbehave, or didn’t spend as much time with my friends), my parent wouldn’t need to drink so much.” These kinds of beliefs can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as codependency. Make sure to reassure your children that your addiction is not their fault and that they didn’t cause it, even inadvertently. Remind them that there is nothing that they could have done differently to prevent their parent’s substance use disorder. Finding a local or virtual Alateen for your child to participate in will help them build a supportive network of understanding peers and mentors. 

Children whose parents have an alcohol or substance use disorder are at higher risk for developing their own issues with drugs and alcohol later on in their life. Having open and honest conversations about addiction at this stage can help strengthen your relationship with your children and pave the way towards a better relationship in the future. Having a stronger relationship will give you the chance to help prevent your children from developing substance issues, as well as allow you to set a precedent of honesty and safety for them to come to you if they begin to experiment with drugs and alcohol. 

4 Messages Your Child Needs to Hear

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) lists four important messages that children of parents who suffer from addiction need to hear. Be sure to tell your children:

  1. Addiction is a disease
  2. It’s okay to talk about addiction
  3. It’s not your fault
  4. You are not alone

The NACoA also suggests that parents and caregivers encourage children to remember the “7 Cs of Addiction”:

  1. I didn’t cause it
  2. I can’t control it
  3. I can’t cure it
  4. I can care for myself
  5. By communicating my feelings,
  6. Making healthy choices, and 
  7. By celebrating myself

It’s Normal for This to Be Difficult

It’s completely understandable to feel uneasy about having the conversation of addiction and recovery with your child. Talking about these difficult issues can make you feel vulnerable and bring up feelings of shame and guilt, which can even cause you to wonder if you are doing the right thing, or whether you are going to lose the respect of your children. You may feel uncomfortable thinking about facing your child after you’ve exposed them to the truth about your addiction, or you could be dreading the questions they might ask you about your past. Challenging though it is, all of these feelings are normal parts of the healing process that the entire family must go through to reach acceptance and stability.


Choosing to speak openly about addiction with your children can be scary. You may feel that they aren’t ready to hear about tough topics like substance abuse and rehab, and you might worry about losing their respect or damaging your bond of trust. These are all normal concerns for a parent in recovery. While addiction can feel difficult to discuss, the more we talk honestly about our issues, the more we can break the stigmas that surround them. The initial conversation you have with your child about your past or present addiction will set the tone and precedent for a future relationship built on honesty and mutual support. To make sure that your efforts towards recovery benefit your family along with yourself, reach out to Achieve Concierge. We’re here to provide expert assistance during this challenging time. You don’t have to figure this out on your own. Call us at (858) 221-0344 to learn more.

Understanding the Difference between Childhood ADHD and a Learning Disability

Parenting a child with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be challenging. Understanding the difference between childhood ADHD and a learning disability can help you prepare and create ways for your child to succeed. ADHD can cause learning difficulties, but it is distinct from a learning disability.

While it is possible to have ADHD alone or a learning disability without ADHD, they can co-occur. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, 30-50% of children with ADHD also have a specific learning disability, and both conditions can intertwine to make learning very challenging.

What Causes ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that makes it hard for a child to focus, pay attention, sit still, and control impulsive behavior. Most children are diagnosed with ADHD at an early age, and symptoms can last through adulthood. ADHD affects approximately three to five percent of children in the U.S. When children have ADHD, they can fall behind academically due to inadequate attention skills and inability to focus. ADHD can affect school or work performance and interfere with socialization among friends.

The cause and risk factors for developing ADHD are currently unknown but can be linked to genetics. Many children who have ADHD also struggle with other disorders, such as anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, or Tourette’s syndrome.  

What Are the Differences Between ADHD and a Learning Disability?

Children who have ADHD or a learning disability can struggle with confidence, self-esteem, self-image, and rejection from peers. ADHD can lead to aggressive behavior, angry outbursts, and interrupting others, leading to rejection by peer groups and friends. There are three symptoms commonly linked to ADHD: inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity or acting without thinking.

According to the Kennedy Krieger Institute, researchers believe that some people with ADHD do not have enough neurotransmitters, which are chemicals in the brain that help control a person’s behavior. Some parts of the brain that control behavior were smaller in kids with ADHD than in children without ADHD. A diagnosis for ADHD is based on criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Symptoms need to significantly impair a child’s performance at school and at home to meet the criteria.

Learning disabilities can occur in children with exceptional intelligence and interfere with one or more learning areas. A child who struggles with a learning disorder can have difficulty with a specific set of skills, despite trying hard to achieve them, making a child frustrated and affecting self-esteem, confidence, and school performance.

Learning disabilities continue into adolescence and adulthood, and although there is no cure for learning disabilities, they can be managed successfully. Children with learning disabilities can get extra help or even qualify for special education in school. Some examples of learning disabilities include:

  • Dyslexia: Reversing letters or numbers
  • Dyscalculia: Difficulty with math
  • Dysgraphia: Problems with handwriting motor skills
  • Non-verbal learning disabilities: Poor coordination and inability to understand facial expressions
  • Reading comprehension deficit: Problems understanding what they read

Learning disabilities can also affect executive functioning, such as organization, strategizing, decision-making, and time management. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a part of U.S. legislation that ensures all children with disabilities receive free appropriate public education to meet their specific needs and prepares them for advanced education, employment, and independent living. 

Tips For Parents of Children With ADHD

Parenting a child with ADHD or a learning disability is challenging and can make parents feel helpless, hopeless, and guilty for their child’s behavior. Often parents feel increased stress, anxiety, and frustration as they come to grips with their child’s condition. Parents sometimes blame themselves for their child’s behavior and wonder if they could have prevented it. Here are some helpful tips for parents of children who struggle with ADHD symptoms:

  • Learn about ADHD. Understanding ADHD and your child’s symptoms can help you discover ways to help your child.
  • Communicate with teachers and educational professionals. Discuss your child’s success and struggles in school and at home.
  • Keep your child on the recommended dose of medication. Do not stop giving your child their medication without consulting the prescribing medical professional.
  • Praise your child’s efforts, no matter how small they seem; this can help boost your child’s confidence.
  • Set clear and concise expectations. When your child knows what is expected of them, they can better understand acceptable behavior.
  • Talk to your child’s therapist about the best ways to discipline your child. Each child’s situation is unique, and what works for one child might not work for everyone.
  • Acknowledge positive behaviors. Compliment your child on their acceptable behavior.
  • Set aside time to spend together on fun activities. Quality time spent with your child can reduce stress for you and your child.

There is no cure for ADHD, but it is treatable with medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy. Natural treatment for ADHD is also available and can be tailored to each person’s own unique needs.

Getting Help For Your Child

Medication is sometimes used to increase the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. Stimulant medications that are commonly used in ADHD treatment include amphetamines and methylphenidates. Behavioral therapy is also used in treating children with ADHD and can be used in conjunction with medication or without it. Behavioral therapy can improve a child’s self-control, self-esteem, and behavior.

At Achieve Concierge, our team of clinicians can perform in-depth assessments and develop a treatment plan for your child’s unique needs. Each child responds differently to treatment. If you are a parent of a child who struggles with ADHD, do not hesitate to get help. While there is no cure, treatment is available.  


ADHD and learning disabilities share common traits but are treated differently. ADHD can cause disruptions in school performance, interruptions with relationships, and negatively affect life at home. Most children benefit from medication and behavioral therapy. Our expert medical clinicians at Achieve Concierge are dedicated to patient care and support and can provide the best strategy for treating your child. We offer individualized support to help your child cope with symptoms of ADHD so they can be successful in school, develop and maintain friendships, and control impulsive and disruptive behaviors at home. We offer same-day appointments in person, as well as telemedicine appointments. We want to help you and your child by determining the best course of action to treat their ADHD symptoms. To find out more information about our services, call Achieve Concierge today at (858) 221-0344.