Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Featured image

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (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
  • disorganised
  • running about when not appropriate
  • tapping
  • 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
  • consistency
  • routine
  • structure
  • 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.

Assessments – Learning Links’ psychologists conduct assessments to evaluate attention and concentration difficulties and can make a formal diagnosis of ADHD.  Read more >

Specialist Tutoring – Learning Links’ specialist teachers 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 Therapy– 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 more >