Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a treatable condition that affects about 5 percent of all children in the United States. Symptoms of ADHD usually appear by age 7 and are found in boys more often than girls. Associated with both the central nervous system and environmental factors, ADHD is characterized by one or more of the following core symptoms:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Distractibility
  • Impulsiveness
  • Excessive activity

Some children may have ADHD without hyperactivity. In such cases, the condition is more difficult to detect because these children do not "act up" in class or at home. They may seem lethargic and fail to complete work, or they may show signs of confusion, forgetfulness and disorganization.

Children with ADHD do not intentionally choose to be the way they are. They are not lazy, unmotivated or "willful." Children with ADHD are biologically different. Often, it is hard for them to do what is expected of them; they'd rather do what is interesting to them.

About the ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment (ACET)

Cleveland Clinic Children's ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment (ACET) offers a comprehensive and thorough assessment using state-of-the-art diagnostic methods based on the National Institutes of Health guidelines. The ACET team provides treatment recommendations designed specifically to assist children and families in managing ADHD at home, in school, and throughout life.

The ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment offers a variety of programs for children, families and instructors. These programs can help ADHD children to form healthy habits and relationships. From medication to summer enrichment, ACET programs provide caregiving and instruction skills for living with ADHD.

We offer several services for ADHD patients and their families:

  • Evaluation
  • Consultation
  • Parent and teen coaching
  • Individual therapy
  • Programs


To make an appointment with one of our pediatric specialists, please call 216.448.6310 or toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 45437.