ADHD Diagnosis

A precise diagnosis is crucial for effective ADHD management. Our expert team at Positive Kids conducts thorough and compassionate evaluations to identify ADHD and understand its impact on your child’s life.

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What exactly is ADHD?

You’ve probably reached out to us because you suspect your child has ADHD or has recently been formally diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a developmental condition that originates in childhood. It is also a neurological disorder, meaning it affects the development of the nervous system, leading to differences in brain functioning.

ADHD is a Neurological Disorder

ADHD impacts the nervous system’s development, causing variations in brain function. Children with ADHD typically face certain challenges and exhibit specific behaviors.

Common Challenges for Children with ADHD

According to the CDC, about 11% of American children aged 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. The core symptoms usually appear before the age of 12 and can persist throughout their school years.

To be formally diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, medical practitioners look for three primary characteristics

Inattention

Hyperactivity

Impulsiveness

Types of ADHD Presentations

ADHD
(Inattentive Presentation)

Mainly issues with concentration and attention span, without significant impulsivity or hyperactivity.

ADHD
(Hyperactive/Impulsive Presentation)

Predominantly issues with hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

ADHD
(Combined Presentation)

Symptoms from both hyperactive/impulsive and inattentive presentations, considered the most severe form.

Signs Noticed by Parents and Teachers

Children struggling with ADHD often exhibit the following behaviors:

Inattention

  • Difficulty following instructions or completing tasks
  • Short attention span and difficulty maintaining focus on activities
  • Difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • Easily distracted and forgetful
  • Often does not listen when spoken to

Hyperactivity

  • Fidgets, restless, and cannot sit still in class
  • Excessive talking and noise
  • Inappropriate running or climbing

Impulsiveness

  • Interrupts others
  • Blurts out answers before questions are completed
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