Individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity that interferes with their daily functioning and development.
What Is ADHD?
There are three types of ADHD: Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type, Predominantly Inattentive Type (this used to be called ADD) and Combined Type. Symptoms of inattention can include: difficulty paying attention to close details, making careless mistakes, trouble holding attention, does not seem to be listening when spoken to, difficulty organizing tasks and activities, challenges with sustained mental effort and losing belongings. Symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity can include: frequent fidgeting, getting out of their seat unexpectedly, often on the go as if “driven by a motor”, talking excessively, trouble waiting their turn, interrupting or intruding on others.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental diagnosis and as such, it as an impact on parts of the brain that help individuals plan, focus and execute tasks.
How Can We Help?
Assessment, Consultation & Treatment
The assessment of ADHD is done via questionnaire report by parent and teacher. For the diagnosis, one needs to see evidence of at least six symptoms in two or more environments and the symptoms need to have been present prior to the age of 12 years. At Compass Clinic, we can provide consultation on an ADHD diagnosis. This involves a clinical interview and questionnaire completion. We can also provide a more thorough assessment through a psychoeducational assessment. This gives the advantage of identifying any learning needs and strengths and helps to develop a learning plan so that the school can work with your child to support him/her.
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