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ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a very common developmental condition that affects about 1 in 20 children. It is characterised by a persistent or on-going pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity which impacts functioning in everyday life.

Children and young people with ADHD may also have difficulties with maintaining attention, executive function (or the brain’s ability to initiate, organise and manage tasks and working memory). 

If your child ever has a tendency to day dream make careless mistakes or act before they can think, it may be suggestive of ADHD.

 

Assessment

Children and young people suspected to have ADHD should have a full assessment by a trained specialist.

This will include but is not restricted to:

  • A full clinical assessment

  • A full developmental and relevant history

  • Use of specific rating scales or observational data

Conditions associated with ADHD

ADHD is often associated with a number of other conditions including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Tourette Syndrome

  • Dyspraxia

  • Specific Learning Difficulties

  • Depression

Treatment

Treatment for ADHD includes:

  • Information on ADHD

  • Advice on environment modifications

  • Advice on healthy lifestyle including the role of exercise

  • Accessing parenting courses specific to ADHD

  • Behaviour therapy

  • Medication

Medication may be considered when all non medication measures have not been successful, and/or there is a significant impact of the condition on everyday life

 

Medication should only be prescribed by a specialist with experience in managing ADHD.

At Autism Doctor, we are experienced in offering a full specialist assessment of ADHD so that we can-diagnose ADHD and offer the right kind of support to children at a right time.