Orlando ADHD Teen ADD Counseling services for Teen, Children and Adult at Total Life Counseling specializing in ADHD strategies ADD with offices serving the Orlando area. Our Teen ADHD/ADD Counselors and Therapist offer Services at our offices in Orlando, East Orlando, Lake Mary, Winter Park & Clermont Florida FL

Adolescent ADHD Orlando area expert Jim West, MA, LMHC, NCC has been interviewed by local and national radio and TV new media and appeared on the Medical Minute, NBC, ABC, Fox 35, and more.  He is a nationally certified, Florida state licensed counselor and specializes in ADD – ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) working in the Orlando Central Florida area.

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jim west james counselor coach mentor adolescent family expert seminar presenter gaming addiction orlando floridaWhat ADHD Leads to if Untreated Successfully

  1. 80% of teenagers still show ADHD symptoms although hyperactivity is usually improved
  2. 25% begin to develop major depression symptoms
  3. 25%-40% show ODD and CD symptoms
  4. 30-58% failed at least one grade
  5. Significantly higher incidence of traffic violations and accidents
  6. More Accidents/Citations (speeding)
  7. Worse Accidents (2-3x $ & injuries)
  8. Higher incidence of other legal offenses during adolescence, including drug and sexual offenses
Educational Problems
  1. 25-35% Retained
  2. 60% Suspended (18%)
  3. 14% Expelled (5%)
  4. 30-40% Drop out (9%)
  5. Lower GPA (1.7/2.6)
Social Relationship Problems (75%)
  1. Fewer Close Friends
  2. Shorter Dating Relationships
  3. Greater Use of Alcohol & Marijuana
  4. More use of cocaine and speed (300%-400% greater risk)
  5. Behind Socially and Emotionally 25-30% according to Dr. Russell Barkley, MD
Sexual Activity
  1. 38% of teen pregnancies (4%)
  2. 54% Do not have custody of offspring
  3. 16% Treated for STDs (vs. 4%)

Our Positive Approach to ADHD | In order to keep up with demand for Jim’s expertise he has trained TLC Counselors to utilize his approach with ADHD.  His positive approach to ADHD is refreshing and helps parents, and teachers get in the head of their students and truly empathize with their attentional issues.  Stanford did a study that showed the learning style of the average person as follows: 89% Visual, 10% Auditory & 1% the remaining 3 senses.  As we reflect on the teaching style in our schools we realize that the average student will struggle because the primary learning style is Auditory and then we expect an ADHD child that is primarily Visual and Tactile in their learning style to assimilate and learn.  ADHD students are entrepreneurial, inventors like Thomas Edison, visionaries, creators, scientists like Albert Einstein, professional athletes like Terry Bradshaw, CEO’s, entertainers, and more because they are full of passion.  If we can help them through school and let them loose in their area of passion they will far exceed their peers.

What to Expect 

  1. An initial assessment and a plan by the end of your first meeting.
  2. ADHD Parent Coaching – Our innate parenting skills works with 95% of kids, but students with ADHD are in the other 5%.
  3. Simple Behavioral Plans & Positive Reinforcement – Behavior Charts fail for 3 main reasons: All or Nothing rewards, Long Term Rewards, and Inconsistency.
  4. Food for Thought – Learn how Diet and Vitamin deficiencies can exacerbate ADHD symptoms and 85% of our clients do not need medication for ADHD or ADD.  Some students may need additional support and can be referred to specialists that can assess neurotransmitters or food sensitivities to work toward a goal to treat ADHD symptoms without the medication.  Our staff works with psychiatrists as well that use the least amount of medication if the diet, and supplements do not give a therapeutic response.
  5. Our experts know your students rights to receive an IEP or 504 Plan and we will advocate for the schools to give accommodations for your child.
  6. Career Assessment if needed.
  7. Social Skills Groups, Day Camps and Summer Camps to help close the social and emotional gap with most ADHD teenagers.
  8. Help parents to get on the same page and more.

Jim West, MA, LMHC Specializes in Child/Adult/Adolescent ADD/ADHD in Orlando & Winter Park area

Child/Adolescent Leadership/Social Skills Support Groups or Anger Management in Central Florida

POSITIVES OF ADHD: In the past several years we have read articles, and watched television programs talking about the negative aspects of ADHD.  ADHD has several positive aspects and if properly treated and educated families can nurture ADHD individuals that possess incredible creativity, entrepreneurial traits, spontaneity, sensitivity, passion and much more.  Click here to see U.S. News & World Report article about famous people and celebrities with ADHD.  “ADHD is a Good Thing?” by James L West, LMHC, NCC

OUR ADHD APPROACH: Clients travel from the Bahamas, Georgia and all over Florida as 85% of patients since 2003 did not need medication or their medication was reduced significantly. Clients benefited almost immediately from FDA approved supplements/vitamins and dietary changes.  We take a holistic approach incorporating, parent/child or adult education, behavior modification, positive  reinforcement, coordination with the school, support for the child, dietary interventions and referral for medication consults (if necessary). “Food for Thought-How what we Eat effects how we Think!” In February 2006 the FDA black labeled several drugs for ADHD.  See this link for more information. Dr. Marc Seigel, MD Professor at NYU states that 25% of teens in the United States are on medication.  “Families and pediatricians need to look at what their kids are eating.” The Lancet Journal did a study: “Diet May Help ADHD Kids More than Drugs.


Testimonials:

He is doing so well! We are continuing with the diet changes and vitamins and his attitude is so much better. You were right! – kids don’t see you for very long [because of the diet, supplements and coaching]!  We are so grateful for your help. We were in a bad place before we saw you and I am really amazed at the difference.  Ann Marie-Parent

So glad you duked it out with us. You always gave way above and beyond what I think most in your field would have. And I don’t think anyone else could have reached our teenage son as you did. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Kristi-Parent & Teacher

Jim, thank you again for giving so much of your time on Friday. The feedback I got from everyone that attended was extremely positive. I also gave a copy of your DVD to one of our teachers. Your help will make an enormous difference for Daniel both at home and at school. Name Not Given

Vitamins and Diet Changes – Alternatives to Medication

Adult ADHD & Bi-Polar | I wanted to Thank You for your suggestions in dealing with my issues. I have made many changes and I am now drug [medication] free! - Chris S, Adult with Bi-Polar

Student | A late but very big thank you! We wanted to thank you for your counsel with Brian…. you were very encouraging and gave us some great tips the real payoff is to see a notebook loaded with paper, pen and a pencil! That system is being put to use with putting clothes away as well. It speaks volumes! The natural vitamins have helped along with good eating habits. Many blessings back to you and your family! Name Not Given

Child | After just 3 sessions, vitamins and dietary adjustments, “We are going to celebrate a miracle on Thanksgiving. Our son colored in the most beautiful colorful turkey as if I had colored it. For the first time in years he has slept straight through in his own bed all night. He is working independently at school after repeating a year because of attention problems. But the best is, he had a starring role as the preacher in the Thanksgiving program at school. For the first time after years of watching him in programs we heard his voice sing above all others. He followed all the moves and he clearly and confidently spoke his line 3 times to the crowd. This is what we are doing today. Thank you for your help.” Kathie – Parent

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Teacher & College Student | “Hope you do not mind my responding to your announcement, but I have been wanting to let you know how much you helped our son! He saw you about a year ago, after I first met you at the ACSI conference. Your suggestions were great for him, and he continues to take the supplements and last spring made the Dean’s List and he was also voted president of his senior class this year! He is now beginning the process of applying to Law School.  The supplements has also been a help to my husband who never realized he had ADD until a few years ago! We appreciate your help!” Lisa

Child | “He has been on the supplements [about 4 weeks] and he is absolutely amazing. So calm, cooperative, pleasant. He is the most perfect sweet little child parents wish for.” Cheryl-Parent

Counseling and treatment through natural treatment of ADD and ADHD in the Orlando, Winter Park and Clermont Florida.

Free Complimentary Phone Consultion with one of our Counselors through Skype, Phone, or Online

ADHD Resources on the web:

  1. Overcoming ADHD Classroom Challenges DVD, Video, Audio Download, Workbook, Behavior Charts & Power Point Files
  2. CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  3. CHADD-Orlando Chapter
  4. Amen clinic
  5. ADDA Organization
  6. Council for Exceptional Education (CEC)
  7. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  8. American Academy of Pediatrics
  9. Learning Disabilities Association of America
  10. National Institute of Mental Health
  11. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  12. Incredible Horizons School-Melbourne, FL

Publications:

Articles:

ADD/ADHD Online Checklists-A positive or negative score does not necessarily mean you do or do not have ADD/ADHD.  This is meant to be a screening tool to help you decide if you should further explore these symptoms with a professional ADHD expert.

If you plan to come in for an assessment please bring the results of the checklist in to your session.


Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) provides criteria for diagnosing ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to make them more accessible to the general public. They are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD. DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD I. Either A or B:

  1. Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:

Inattention

  1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
  2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
  3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  4. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
  5. Often has trouble organizing activities.
  6. Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn’t want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
  7. Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
  8. Is often easily distracted.
  9. Is often forgetful in daily activities.
  1. Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:

Hyperactivity

  1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
  2. Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.
  3. Often runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).
  4. Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly.
  5. Is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”.
  6. Often talks excessively.

Impulsivity

  1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.
  2. Often has trouble waiting one’s turn.
  3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).
  1. Some symptoms that cause impairment were present before age 7 years.
  2. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school/work and at home).
  3. There must be clear evidence of significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning.
  4. The symptoms do not happen only during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder. The symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).

Based on these criteria, three types of ADHD are identified:

  1. ADHD, Combined Type: if both criteria 1A and 1B are met for the past 6 months
  2. ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: if criterion 1A is met but criterion 1B is not met for the past six months
  3. ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: if Criterion 1B is met but Criterion 1A is not met for the past six months.

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.