A Guide for Parents – ADHD in Children

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can affect someone’s ability to focus, control impulses, and regulate their energy levels. When a child has been diagnosed with ADHD, it is crucial that their parents, and other adults in their lives like educators and healthcare professionals, understand the ways ADHD can manifest in order to create a supportive environment. If you’re a parent of a child with diagnosed ADHD, or even if you merely suspect your child has it, then this guide will be a comprehensive guide to symptoms, the assessment process, and available support options.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can interfere with daily functioning or development. It affects about 5% of the global population; this makes it an incredibly common neurodevelopmental disorder. This has led to leaps and bounds in research for assessment and support, however, ADHD can still be misunderstood by those with little experience. While it’s true that unmanaged symptoms of ADHD can lead a child to feel stressed, or perhaps lead them to act out, when supported properly, a child can flourish. That’s what we aim to do here at Minds Matter Clinic.

Symptoms of ADHD in Children

  1. Inattention:
    • Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
    • Easily distracted by external stimuli
    • Forgetfulness in daily activities
  2. Hyperactivity:
    • Fidgeting or squirming when sitting or standing
    • Difficulty staying seated
    • Excessive talking or running/climbing in inappropriate situations
  3. Impulsivity:
    • Poor sense of risk assessment leading to rash decisions
    • Difficulty waiting for turn in conversations or games
    • Interrupting other people’s activities

ADHD Assessment for Children

At Minds Matter Clinic, we believe it’s imperative that an ADHD assessment causes as little stress for your child as possible. This is, after all, the first step in ensuring they get the support they need, so we don’t want them to associate medical or psychiatric appointments with negative feelings. 

We offer both in-person and digital appointments to best cater to your child and you. If your child feels more comfortable at home and is more willing to come out of their shell there, then a virtual assessment may be best, but if your child is confident out of the house then a face-to-face one could be ideal.

Our ADHD assessments for children include:

  • Completing questionnaires before the appointment.
  • Asking your child’s school to complete a questionnaire
  • Attending the appointment itself to speak with the clinician

Our dedicated technicians are both knowledgeable about ADHD and passionate about helping children feel comfortable in their own skin. We’ll aim to get your child’s results back to you in just a few weeks to stop you anxiously wondering, and we can offer appointments 7 days a week between 8am-8pm to best fit around you and your family’s schedule. 

Support Options for Children with ADHD

Once diagnosed, children with ADHD can benefit from a variety of support options tailored to their specific needs:

  1. Behavioral Therapy:
    • Behavioral Modification: Teaching strategies to improve behavior and self-control.
    • Parent Training: Helping parents develop effective parenting skills to manage ADHD symptoms.
  2. Educational Interventions:
    • 504 Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP): Ensuring that accommodations and support is provided in school settings, such as extended time for assignments or preferential seating.
  3. Supportive Services:
    • Occupational therapy, social skills training, and counseling can help children develop coping strategies and improve social interactions.
  4. Medication:
    • Stimulant medications (e.g., methylphenidate) can help improve attention and impulse control in many children with ADHD.
    • Non-stimulant medications (e.g., atomoxetine) may be prescribed when stimulants are not effective or suitable.

Let Us Help

Understanding ADHD and its impact on children is essential for early detection and intervention. By recognizing the symptoms, seeking appropriate assessment, and exploring available support options, parents and caregivers can help children with ADHD thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

If you suspect your child has ADHD, or if you need further guidance on managing ADHD symptoms, then contact Minds Matter Clinic. We offer free 30-minute consultations to allow you to get to know us and to ensure we can provide the best support for you and your child. 

For more information on ADHD and Minds Matter Clinic, check out our dedicated ADHD Assessment Service page, our FAQ, and our other blogs.