ADHD is a 'neurodevelopmental' disorder, which is a disorder of brain function. With understanding, care and medical treatment ADHD can be successfully managed.
Children with ADHD experience the following difficulties:
ADHD is not straightforward to diagnose. A paediatrician, child psychologist or child psychiatrist can make the assessment . Diagnosis of ADHD can be made only after making a detailed assessment – there is no single test. A range of information, especially from parents and the child's school need to be collected. The symptoms of ADHD must be obvious in most areas of the child’s life. The assessment can include a developmental history of the child’s past behaviours, history of trauma or illness, relationships and family. A variety of standardised and validated tools, scales and criteria may be used when diagnosing ADHD.
There are a number of ways to help reduce your child's ADHD symptoms. These include:
Parents of children with ADHD may find that they benefit from: