How is ADHD diagnosed?
Unfortunately, there is no single test that can diagnose ADHD. When it comes to getting an accurate diagnosis, the more sources of information the better.
A good diagnostic evaluation should include a medical check up, a clinical interview with your child and their caregivers, psychological testing, learning/academic evaluations, and information from teachers and other professionals who interact with your child.
At ADHD Child & Family Services, the team currently offers a limited number of diagnostic services, but is happy to work collaboratively with other professionals and provide families with a list of community resources and referrals when needed.
How is ADHD treated?
There is currently no scientifically proven cure for ADHD, yet there is a lot that can be done to reduce symptoms and improve daily functioning.
The National Institute of Mental Health found that combining ADHD medication with supportive behavioral therapy produced the best results for school-aged children.
For many children, medication can be helpful (and sometimes necessary) in reducing symptoms and improving attention and concentration.
But medication is not always the best choice for every child, and medication alone cannot build skills or “cure” the full range of emotional and behavioral issues that children with ADHD often face.
At ADHD Child & Family Services, assessment services are designed to help parents determine which interventions could lead to the best outcomes for their child.
Unless your child has a very mild case of ADHD, treatment often includes a combination of services, such as:
- Parent-based training
- Lifestyle changes
- Carefully prescribed and monitored medication
- School-based interventions
- Education about the nature of ADHD
- Behavioral therapy
- Family therapy
- Skills training
Not every service is right for every child or family. If the team is unable to meet your child or family’s particular needs, they will happily provide referrals.
What is behavioral therapy?
Behavioral therapy is an action-based therapy that involves learning new skills and practicing strategies that reduce unwanted behaviors.
Behavioral therapy can help children (and even parents) learn new organizational skills, develop time management strategies, practice mindfulness or stress management techniques, and build self-esteem.
Behavioral therapy can also support the development of emotional regulation and social skills, such as how to respond to teasing or how to read facial expressions and tone of voice.