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Attention Difficulties/ADHD Testing
Sometimes, parents are afraid of getting an official ADHD diagnosis because they worry it is a brand their child will always carry. However, this is not the case. No matter what, your child will still show and struggle with signs of ADHD, regardless of an official diagnosis. So, the best thing parents can do is seek the professional help they need to help their child adjust, learn valuable coping skills, and not feel ashamed of their condition. Learning how to recognize the symptoms of ADHD and seeking professional help as soon as possible will lead to better outcomes for children and their families.
What is ADHD?
ADHD does not just encompass one symptom or struggle.
There are three different types of ADHD:
- Hyperactive-Impulsive: some signs of this type include: restlessness, excessive talking/blurts out thoughts, difficulty engaging in quite activities, difficulty waiting, feels driven by a motor they can’t control
- Predominantly Inattentive: difficulty paying attention, doesn’t retain details, makes repeated mistakes, doesn’t follow directions well, avoids tasks that require focus and effort, loses items, is often forgetful.
- Combination: exhibits some signs of both of the above types.
There are many treatment options for children who experience ADHD, such as a combination of therapy and medication, Getting your child tested to determine if they have ADHD, and which type, will support professionals in creating aa treatment plan needed to support yourself or your child. Testing also provides an opportunity to rule out an ADHD diagnosis and determine if other factors are contributing to your child’s challenges, which allows for recommendations for improving your child’s functioning.
There are many tests that you can find online or in parenting books, that can lead you to make an educated assumption about whether or not your child has ADHD, but you cannot truly make a diagnosis without the help of a mental health professional. Our qualified mental health professionals, use proven assessment tools in order to give you a definite diagnosis of ADHD or help you rule out an ADHD diagnosis and better understand your child’s behavior. Often a guardian will be asked to complete surveys, as will the child’s teacher so that the professional can understand the child’s behavior in more than one setting. Additionally, the professional may express that it would be helpful for them to observe the child directly.
The Jeff Masarek Behavioral Health Center offers ADHD testing in a safe, comfortable environment for your child. Our comprehensive evaluation will identify if your child has one of the three types of ADHD or if ADHD is not the likely cause of your child’s behavior. By getting this information early on, we can work together to ensure you and your child’s educational needs are being met and are helping to facilitate your child to live their full potential.
Need help for yourself or your child handling the struggles of ADHD? Call us at 954-909-0888 to schedule an appointment today!
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