ADHD

The term ADHD refers to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a condition that makes it difficult for children to pay attention and/or control their behaviour.

     

The three main symptoms of ADHD are:

Inattention - Hyperactivity – Impulsivity. Yet, ADHD has three set presentations.

           

1) Combined Type (all three symptoms / most common diagnosis)

2) Predominantly Inattentive Type

3) Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type


The DSM 5 requires a persistent pattern of symptoms to make an ADHD diagnosis, a specific duration for at least six months is suggested. The symptoms must be inconsistent with developmental stages of the individual under assessment; symptoms should not be accounted for by intellectual disability or oppositional defiant disorder; symptoms should be present before the age of 12 and must be present in at least two different environments. Up to 70% of cases present with one or more comorbid conditions and this will be taken into consideration during the assessments.


Once you contact ChiLD we will send you a form asking some initial questions and consent for assessment. Once we receive this form back, we will decide on the assessments your child needs. At ChiLD we use the parent and teacher versions of the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnosis Rating Scale. We will also need to observe your child in their classroom. Children with ADHD often struggle with other conditions too and these will be assessed routinely at ChiLD using measures specific to their individual needs.


Once our assessments are complete, a comprehensive report will be written and we can then meet with you, your child’s teacher and any other professionals you want included to build a team around your child.


The Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Rating Scale (VADRS) is a psychological assessment tool for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and their effects on behaviour and academic performance in children ages 6–12 . This rating scale also includes items related to other common disorders which are frequently associated with ADHD.


The Wechsler Intelligence Test for Children — Fifth Edition (WISC-V) is frequently used to examine cognitive functioning in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a cognitive ability measure known across the world and has been developed for use with children between the ages of 6 and 16. The WISC-V is used to obtain a comprehensive assessment of general intellectual functioning in the context of various types of evaluations. We will use it to assess for intellectual disability, intellectual giftedness and specific learning disabilities.

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