ADHD is a term used to describe difficulties with inattention and or hyperactivity-impulsivity that impacts daily life. ADHD commences in childhood and characteristics are present before the age of 12 years. Difficulties with inattention and or hyperactivity-impulsivity occur in more than one setting e.g. at home and school.
Children and young people with ADHD can display some of the following characteristics:
- wandering off task
- difficulty staying focussed
- running about when not appropriate
- excessive fidgeting
Children and young people experiencing difficulties with inattention and/ or hyperactivity-impulsivity may be referred for formal assessment of their difficulties. In some cases a child or young person will be diagnosed with “ADHD predominately inattentive presentation” which describes children who are inattentive. In other cases a child or young person will be diagnosed with “ADHD predominately hyperactive/ impulsive presentation” which describes children who are hyperactive and/ or impulsive. Children and young people may also be diagnosed with a combined type of the two presentations.
How Can You Help Your child?
Children and young people with ADHD will benefit from the following from you as a parent and professionals working with you:-
- clear expectations
- diversity in activities
- small chunks of time for tasks
How Can Learning Links Help?
Learning Links offers a range of services that can help children with ADHD.
Assessment – Learning Links’ Psychologists conduct assessments to evaluate attention and concentration difficulties and can make a formal diagnosis of ADHD. Read more
Educational Support – Learning Links’ Specialist Educators provide individualised literacy and numeracy programs that cater for your child to re-teach areas your child may have missed in class and utilise strategies to promote ongoing learning. Read more
Occupational Therapy– Learning Links Occupational Therapists can assist your child with organisational skills and time management skills to structure their day more productively. Read more
Speech Pathology – Learning Links’ Speech Pathologists can help your child communicate their needs correctly and follow classroom instructions. Read more
Psychological support – Children with ADHD often experience low self-esteem and anxiety as a result of their experiences with attention and concentration difficulties. Learning Links’ Psychologists can support children and help with strategies and ways to cope. Read now