ADHD – ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by persistent inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with a child’s development or functioning, is present in two or more settings (e.g, home and school), and is present before the age of 12 years. ADHD can look different in different children. The typical (or well-known) ADHD presentation is the child who is very hyperactive. However, a child may have only the ‘inattention’ part of ADHD and may just seem scattered and unable to follow through with the simple instructions you give them.ADHD can be associated with many other problems, including:
- learning difficulties;
- oppositional behaviours;
- emotional difficulties;
- and problems establishing and maintaining friendships.
If you believe your child may be experiencing some of these symptoms, it would be beneficial to have them assessed at Marsden Clinical Psychology so that they can receive treatment early to ensure they reach their potential throughout their childhood and adolescent years of life.
A referral from a GP is not required but will give you access to a rebate from Medicare, so it is advised. It is also important to have a GP assess for other medical issues that may be playing a role in your child’s difficulties.
Once you have called and booked your initial appointment you will be seen by an experienced psychologist who will assess the range of difficulties your child is experiencing. They will be able to ascertain whether your child’s problems are that of an Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or whether they are resulting from other psychological concerns. The assessment will include:
- Interview – with parents and child
- Rating scales (i.e. questionnaire)
- Neuropsychological testing (click here for further information on this)
ADHD treatment varies according to the needs of the child. Children with mild ADHD with minimal other behavioural or developmental issues usually do well with a family-based approach around behavioural management strategies. Children with more severe ADHD may benefit from the family-based approaches as well as medication. Click here to enquire or make an appointment for an assessment with a psychologist from Marsden Clinical Psychology.