ADHD introduces different challenges for the different age cohorts. For example, ADHD in childhood may present differently than for a teen with the disorder. Adult ADHD has its own features as well. Examples of these different features based on age group include.
Because of the differences in presenting symptoms, interventions should be appropriately tailored to the age of the ADHD client.
An example of this is rock climbing. Within the safe and controlled climbing gym, the client is presented with a task—successfully completing a climb. This activity is especially well-suited for the individual with ADHD, as it teaches them to focus on a mental task while feeling stressed. Through the guidance of the therapist, the client learns to participate in the challenge while staying on task until its conclusion. Successfully completing the climb helps boost self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-discipline.
To complement the experiential aspect of therapy, it is also important to help clients with ADHD adopt healthy eating habits. Guiding clients toward making more nutritious food selections will help improve cognitive functioning and focus.