Diagnosis – who do I go to and what do they do?

I want to find out if my child has ADHD. Where do I start?

Educational Psychologist

Difficulties in one area often spill over into other areas and could affect behaviour, learning abilities and emotional condition. For example, situations such as death, divorce, illness, stress, learning difficulties, being bullied, lifestyle, can affect children’s ability to cope in many areas of their life. As a result they may be misdiagnosed as having ADHD

What is ADHD?

ADHD is the abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Symptoms include

  • inability to pay attention
  • impulsiveness
  • distractibility
  • hyperactivity (some children with ADHD may be overactive, but others with ADHD may not be. They are often referred to as having ADD)

My child is very busy. Does this mean he has ADHD?

Over-activity often accompanies ADHD but this does not mean that every active child has ADHD. An active child who is able to control his impulses and copes well at school, at home and in other areas of his life is unlikely to have ADHD.

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