Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that impacts a person’s ability to regulate attention, impulses, and activity levels. ADHD is not simply a matter of being easily distracted or hyperactive; rather, it involves a complex interplay of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional factors.
Identifying and addressing ADHD early on is crucial for fostering a supportive environment and providing the necessary interventions to help children thrive.
At Mind Care Clinic, we specialize in comprehensive ADHD testing for children and adolescents. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to delivering accurate and insightful assessments that can illuminate the complexities of ADHD.
Possible symptoms of ADHD
ADHD manifests differently in each person, with variations in symptoms falling into two main categories: inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.
Not every child with ADHD will exhibit all of these symptoms, and their severity can vary. It’s also common for symptoms to change over time as a child grows and develops.
Here are some possible symptoms of ADHD in children:
- Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
- Frequent careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities due to lack of attention to detail
- Trouble organizing tasks and activities
- Avoidance or reluctance to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
- Frequent forgetfulness in daily activities (e.g., forgetting to bring homework, toys, or tools needed for activities)
- Easily distracted by unrelated stimuli
- Frequently switching from one incomplete activity to another
- Excessive fidgeting or restlessness, especially in situations where it is inappropriate
- Inability to stay seated in situations where it’s expected (e.g., at school, during meals)
- Running or climbing in inappropriate situations
- Inability to play or engage in activities quietly
- Talking excessively
- Difficulty waiting for one’s turn
- Frequently interrupts or intrudes on others’ conversations or games
- Impulsive decision-making without considering consequences
- Difficulty in delaying gratification or resisting immediate rewards
- Blurting out answers or comments without waiting for a question to be completed
It’s crucial to remember that these symptoms should be assessed by healthcare professionals, and a diagnosis of ADHD should be made based on a comprehensive evaluation that considers the child’s developmental history, behavior in different settings, and input from parents, teachers, and other caregivers.
What does an ADHD Assessment involve?
This involves an in-person interview with your child and yourself, to obtain important clinical information which helps with the diagnosis.
The psychologist will then advise on what specific tests are required to proceed, and the costs involved.
Occasionally, more than 1 assessment session may be needed.
At a separate session, specific tests will be administered. These are standardized rating scales and specific assessment instruments, and may involve a computer-based test.
In cases where other assessments are required (for example specific learning tests or IQ assessments), this may span over 2 or more sessions.
Review & Feedback
The psychologist will meet with you and your child to discuss the results and diagnosis. A copy of the report will be provided, and importantly, specific advice and interventions