Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioural disorder in children. It is characterised by impulsive, hyperactive behaviour and problems with attention span and concentration. Some children, particularly girls present only with inattention symptoms and are not particularly hyperactive. This form is called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, predominantly inattentive type.
Symptoms in children can be identified both at home and at school. This can be seen in the form of challenging behaviour and can affect a child’s educational progress.
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder struggle to complete homework, have poor listening and organisational skills, minimal patience, interrupt others when speaking and often fidget and move around the classroom.
They may be wrongly described as “naughty children” in view of their challenging behaviour and they often find themselves as being in trouble which may affect their self-esteem in long-term.
Behavioural training and interventions can help with symptom control. If despite interventions ADHD symptoms continue having a detrimental impact on child’s school or home life medication may be an option.
ADHD Screening and Comprehensive ADHD Diagnostic evaluation are the first steps to focused interventions.
ADHD screening is a quick way to understand and verify parental and school concerns regarding child’s inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity and impact of ADHD symptoms on the child’s/young person daily life and education.
It also can be a helpful way to understand the child’s overall developmental and behavioural difficulties. Many children have co-morbid developmental problems and screening for other conditions may be an effective way to understand your child’s overall profile of difficulties.
You and your child’s teacher will be asked to complete screening questionnaires as part of the process. You will receive a report on findings and recommendations with regard to the need for further Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment.
Sometimes symptoms like inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are symptoms of different condition like for example autism, anxiety or learning difficulties and we recommend that ADHD screening is arranged jointly with Paediatric assessment.
We offer Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Screening for children and young people from 6 to 18 years of age.
ADHD Diagnostic Assessment
We offer a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for primary age children. The assessment will include medical assessment, ADHD diagnostic evaluation, feedback appointment and comprehensive report.
You, your child’s teacher and older children will be asked to complete standardised ADHD symptoms evaluation questionnaires. As part of ADHD assessment, we check your child’s general ability to ensure that problems with attention, concentration and learning could not be explained by general learning difficulties.
Your child may be asked to complete computer-based assessment as part of ADHD diagnostic evaluation.
Once ADHD assessment is completed you will be provided with detailed feedback during face to face meeting with the child’s Lead Clinician and report.
Behavioural interventions are always included in treatment plan. In severe cases of ADHD when the child/young person difficulties are having a significant impact on his/her daily life and education your child may be offered ADHD medication.
We offer Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder diagnostic assessment for children and young people from 6 to 11 years of age. Older children and teenagers are more likely to present with co-morbid problems like Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Depression and they may need to see Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.