ADHD Assessment & Testing
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder in Australia, affecting over a million individuals. Typical symptoms include issues related to inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. This condition can have a substantial impact on various facets of a person's life, including their performance at work or school and their interpersonal relationships.
In 2022, new clinical guidelines pertaining to ADHD were introduced in Australia. These guidelines have revolutionised the process of identifying, diagnosing, treating, and supporting individuals with ADHD in the country.It's crucial to understand that ADHD is a lifelong condition; however, a prompt diagnosis and continuous treatment can significantly assist individuals in managing their symptoms and enhancing their overall quality of life.
At BayWellbeing, we have therapists who are available to help individuals with ADHD at every stage, from initial identification and screening through the diagnostic process, to providing effective treatment and ongoing support.If you suspect that you or someone you know might be dealing with ADHD, we encourage you to reach out to us for a screening session. During this one-hour session, we will provide guidance on whether a formal assessment is necessary.
The formal assessment comprises of an initial consultation, testing session and reporting. Prior to the first session questionnaires will be sent to an individual, or parents/caregivers, and teachers or carers where appropriate.
ADHD can manifest with or without hyperactivity or Behaviour Disorders. Most children with ADHD can be well behaved and polite and are beautiful children of normal intelligence and many have above average intelligence. However, they can often be overly inattentive and be easily distracted, they can be fidgety and may tend to make impulsive mistakes. The media often concentrates on presenting mostly the hyperactive children with associated behaviour disorders as representative of ADHD. However, there is the inattentive subtype which presents quite differently to the overtly difficult behaviours, however, can affect performance at school and in life.
BayWellbeing therapists can help children with ADHD and Behaviour Issues using a combination of talk therapy and cognitive behavioural skills to focus on building their emotional awareness, ability to express themselves particularly when angry or upset and to lengthen their attention span. The child or young person is engaged through age appropriate games and activities. The child, along with their parents can guide the areas to be focused on such as building friendships, dealing with disappointment, building memory and attention skills. improving confidence and self-esteem.