We all know kids who can't sit still, who never seem to listen, blurt out inappropriate comments, or don't follow instructions no matter how you present them.
While it's normal for kids to forget their homework, daydream during class, or act without thinking, sometimes this behavior can point to something else. You might have already wondered: does my child have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
The signs can be hard to diagnose, but some crucial telltale signs exist. While it can be expected for a child to have issues such as inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, these personality traits are also signs of ADHD.
What Is ADHD?
As the name implies, ADHD is a condition that makes it hard for your child to focus and stay attentive to the process in front of them. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.
It can also have an impact on their physical output. Some children with ADHD may be constantly in motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Other children with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away. Both groups, though, need help to focus on the situation in front of them. Naturally, this can have an impact on their academic performance, their social skills, and their self-image.
It can be challenging for a child – and parents – without a diagnosis, though, to understand the situation clearly. My role is to help you understand ADHD and whether or not your child has the condition.
There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren't always prominent in one child.
Therefore, it is crucial to have your child evaluated by a professional who understands the reality of ADHD and can empathize with your child while giving them actional support, care, and advice to help them deal with the situation.
Children with ADHD may:
· Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
· Appear not to be listening when spoken to; lost in their thoughts
· Constantly fidget and squirm and find it hard to sit at peace
· Talk excessively even when it appears they have nothing to say
· Act without thinking through the consequences of actions
· Interrupt often or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
· Have a quick temper or "short fuse" and are quick to anger
Whether or not your child's symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Children who can't focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can lead to low self-esteem and friction for the whole family.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your child's symptoms. With the proper support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.
One of the most significant issues that you might face during this journey is receiving a diagnosis. To receive an ADHD diagnosis, you need to work with a certified professional. As a certified ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (CCSP), I can assist you with accurately diagnosing your child.
Through my journey to becoming a CCSP, I have become acutely aware of the telltale signs of a child who has ADHD. I have worked with experts in the field to improve the accuracy of diagnosis so that parents can receive a realistic answer on whether or not their child has ADHD.
An accurate diagnosis is vital, as it can give you the knowledge you need to understand precisely what you are against. Working with me means that you get to work with a certified professional in the field.
How Can I Help You Cope With ADHD?
I have been relied upon to help give parents and children the information and insight they need to feel confident that the diagnosis given is one that they can trust. Through my analysis process, I can provide a therapeutic service and a psychological assessment to help diagnose the disorder.
I work with adolescents and older, and I have expertise as an ADHD parenting coach. I can make it easier for you to support your child and give you invaluable help and information to make their journey easier. This is a challenging time for your child, no doubt, but the right support platform can ensure that your child lives a happy, fun, and fulfilling life regardless of ADHD.
My job is to ensure you can leave my service confident that the diagnosis accurately reflects where your child is on their journey. I have helped families determine their children's issues and then work towards creating a solution to help them deal with the situation.
At the same time, my diagnosis can be essential in receiving professional medical care and support for your child. Alongside therapeutic support and accurate diagnosis, I can make it easier for your child to receive aid in the form of medication and support to help control the urges that ADHD creates.
If you want to learn more about ADHD therapy, contact me today for a free consultation. I would be happy to share how I can help your child achieve success and grow.