Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural and developmental disorder. A diagnosis is made after a range of information is collected. Symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Impulsivity
  • Overactivity

All young children have a limited attention span and sometimes do things without thinking. Only a few of these children have ADHD. There is no single test.   A diagnosis can only be made after a range of information is collected, especially from the parents.

A paediatrician, child psychologist or child psychiatrist can make the assessment or arrange a referral. Assessments must include a developmental history of the child’s past behaviours. Issues related to early attachment to a parent or caregiver, which may contribute to the behaviour, are also assessed.

The diagnosis of ADHD is made after a clinical assessment and supplemented by a variety of internationally recognised scales.

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Read this article for tips on how parents can improve their child’s concentration at home

Below are some links to further information, resources and organisations to support your child with ADHD: (Kendal, please hyperlink all links below)


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