Private Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Assessment And Diagnosis Oxford
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the term used to describe a condition that includes several symptoms including impulsiveness, difficulties concentrating on one task, and hyperactivity. ADHD is not a disease, and therefore, it cannot be “cured.” With effective treatments and therapies, however, children and adults with ADHD can receive meaningful assistance and successfully integrate it into their daily lives. ADHD diagnosis Oxford.
A Brief Overview Of ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are related, though distinct conditions. Both are neurological disorders, but only ADHD is defined by a consistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactive impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning in at least two settings (for example, at school and home). ADHD impacts children and adults, boys and girls, and people of all backgrounds.
There are three types of ADHD:
Most children who are diagnosed with ADHD display symptoms of the combined category.
Are You Considering ADHD Testing And Diagnosis For Your Child?
People showing symptoms of ADHD can be diagnosed at an early age, though sometimes behaviours may only become apparent when a person’s circumstances change. Children, for example, are often diagnosed within the first few years of beginning school. If you are concerned about your child’s impulsivity, hyperactivity or ability to concentrate, ADHD testing and diagnosis may be a crucial step in ensuring your child receives meaningful assistance.
Three Primary Benefits to Parents of a Private ADHD Assessment :
What To Expect At Your Initial ADHD Assessment Consultation with Oxford CBT
All testing and diagnosis begin with an initial 90 – minute consultation between parents, your child and an Oxford CBT Clinical Psychologist. During that session, your psychologist will work to understand your concerns as parents while also observing your child’s interaction, communication and behaviour. Your clinician will also use the time to gather information relevant to your child’s medical history and ongoing health. They will also administer the RCADS questionnaire, which screens for anxiety disorders and depression.
After your initial consultation, your Oxford CBT clinician will be prepared to identify whether specific symptoms or signs warrant further exploration and/or testing. The psychologist will also formalize these findings in a report and email it to parents. If traits of ADHD are identified, further assessments will be recommended and scheduled.
Examples of common assessments include:
To begin the process we offer a ‘Triage appointment’ before a full assessment. Meet with one of our specialist clinicians to review your concerns, screen for the common signs of Autism and ADHD and get an overview of your current situation. Importantly, this ensures we put you on the right path in terms of your assessment plan, signposting or recommendations for further support. Reach out to us today or easily schedule your Triage appointment by clicking below.
A Brief Overview Of ADHD Testing
ADHD testing begins with behavioural observations in multiple environments, including parents, school and other professionals. Typically, we achieve this by asking parents and teachers (or other appropriate individuals) to complete one or more assessment surveys. These are important tools, as they help identify whether your son or daughter demonstrates similar behaviours in more than one setting.
Diagnostic Report And Follow Up
Once all information has been received, a report will then be completed and sent to parents. Oxford CBT will also schedule time with you to explain the report and provide practical recommendations for moving forward. These recommendations usually include a block of sessions with a therapist.
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Beginning the assessment process can be worrisome, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
The Diagnostic Report will provide the following information:
Following completion of testing, we also recommend that parents consult with their child’s general practitioner, especially if medication may be a helpful option.
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