ADHD treatment can be complex and successful

High school senior Jacob Ingram has learned at Mission’s Olson Huff Center that he can be as successful as anyone else — with help. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

High school senior Jacob Ingram has learned at Mission’s Olson Huff Center that he can be as successful as anyone else — with help.

Musically gifted early on, he’s always lacked focus.

“Between 2 and 6 percent of the population have attentional issues, some meeting the criteria of ADHD ,” explained Dr. Scott Governo, of Mission Children’s Hospital. “In Jacob’s case, he also has reading issues, which they call dyslexia.”

For Jacob, the turning point started with a diagnosis, followed by medication, learning ways to better focus and accommodations.

“So Jacob, explain to me how you went from having scores that don’t reflect your best side to (scoring) much higher on the ACT?” Governo asked the teen.

“When they gave me accommodations, I was in my own separate setting in a different schoo,l which very much helped,” he replied.

Jacob’s mother, Laura Ingram, added, “You see your child struggling; you get concerned and wonder, ‘What does the future look like?'”

“My future now: I’ve been looking a lot into mechanical engineering and moving into automotive engineering.” Jacob smiled.

Guidance from this center results in accommodations and resources that will follow Jacob to college.

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