Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurological disorder that affects in most cultures approximately 5% of children. ADHD can negatively affect the child’s environment at home, at school and with friends. The child may have difficulties in maintaining their concentration and/or controlling hyperactive/ impulsive behaviours. Children with ADHD also often present with learning difficulties or anxiety and or affective disorders. A child with ADHD can also suffer from low-self-esteem and have difficulties socialising with their peers.
Children with ADHD experience difficulties in three main areas:
- Inattentiveness-wandering off task, lacking persistence having difficulty sustaining focus and being disorganized.
- Hyperactivity-excessive fidgeting, tapping or talkativeness.
- Impulsivity-interrupting or intruding on others
A comprehensive evaluation will:
- Assess the child’s intellectual ability-An intellectual (IQ) assessment is an essential component of the ADHD testing process to rule out other difficulties (such as intellectual impairments or learning disorders).
- assess the child’s academic achievement in core areas of the curriculum
- assess the presence of an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- determine the type (inattentive, hyperactive, mixture)
- define the degree of severity
An ADHD assessment involves a diagnostic interview with parents/teachers and the use of behavioural rating scales to gain information about the child’s functioning at both home and school.
Here at Waterman Psychology Services, we make use of a reliable and comprehensive digital assessment system installed in iPads for our educational assessments. Thus the process takes less time and the results are more accurate, leaving less room for error.
Specialists in our educational psychology clinic in Adelaide provide recommendations on how to support your child after an ADHD diagnosis, and how to continue to assist them in the future. When requested by parents, we make referrals to other medical and allied health professionals, including paediatricians, psychologists and speech pathologists